The last time we planned a charter with Dr Zuba hurricane Irma showed up, fortunately no hurricanes this time, although we did have more wind than we have had in a few weeks. Dr Stan and Dr John work together taking care of all our kids in the area and it was nice to be able to get them out for a day of mahi fishing.
We caught close to 20 fish, almost all decent size mahi and we did jump off one slammer toward the end of the day. As always, a pleasure having John and Shannez out on the boat with us.
We decided to stay on the reef today as our group just wanted a 3/4 day and it was a good call. The yellowtails bit well, we caught 30 of them, a cobia swam up to us and we caught him, caught a few vermillons, a big margate, an almaco jack and a mutton snapper. There were also runners, bonitas and assorted other fish which kept Allen and his boys busy, Brielle was our top angler, as usual the ladies always catch the most and /or the biggest.
With fuel prices up, having to go 27 miles to find mahi is a little painful but you do what you have to do to get to the fish and we were rewarded with some nice fat ones today. We had close to 30, with 3 teenagers that made nice center pieces. Kim and John are from South Carolina and brought friends and family with them to enjoy a day on the ocean catching fish and will be back next winter to do it again.
Blake and Christine helped celebrate the 4th of July with us today as they chose a morning half day of snapper fishing. We limited out with the yellowtails in a couple hours and Christine was our star angler as she quietly caught three-quarters of them. Blake kept up with her on the vermillon spot and caught a really nice american red snapper that we had to turn loose.
Great fun with these folks from Tampa and we will be seeing them again next year.
This past weekend my oldest daughter married her love Daniel at the United Methodist church in Leesburg, Georgia. My wife Pati was there and many of our other family members were also able to attend including our two flower girls, Lydia and Sailor. The whole event went very smoothly and we want thank the Powell family for their tremendous hospitality and graciousness. We wish Donielle and Daniel all the best and years of love.
This is Captain Dave keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures