Ron, Kim and Jim fished a 3/4 day on the KK today.
We have had beautiful fishing weather this summer but this last week we've had a lot more wind and today it was blowing 15 to 17 knots. Not terrible but not real pleasant either.
At 18 miles we had not caught much and I was running out of time. i decided to I work back towards the beach and at 15 miles we found a really nice school of mahi. 17 fish later we put the high speed lures out and headed in.
Jim told me after we got in that although he had chartered a number of times, this was the first time he had actually caught fish on one! Glad we were able to break the curse Jim.
Yesterday we had a 40 lb mahi. Today we caught one 35 lbs.
I was pretty sure that I wasn't going past 600 ft today because the fish just haven't been in the deep water. I started trolling around 300 ft where a couple boats were finding fish and got out to about 12 miles before turning back towards shore. We found a great school of fat schoolies in 400 ft of water and the big one in 350.
My crew did pretty well today although towards the end of the day we had 4 out of 5 not feeling well. Congratulations to Christine, Brian and their kids from York, Pa for catching a great fish and all the terrific cooperation in the schoolies wars.
Well, there we were at the Islamorada hump catching tunas hoping the Mahi were closer than they have been. No such luck, once again the mahi were 20 miles off but once again it was worth the ride. 1st we found a few schoolies on a piece of bamboo and then a big pack of 5 to 12 lb fish showed up. With 1 person we were only allowed 10 dolphin so we caught our limit and headed in.
Our client Dave was from Plymouth England and had never caught mahi. He's ready to come back this winter and catch a sailfish.
A bit unusual tonight on our evening trip as we had more tarpon bites then shark bites. We had a family from Austin, Texas that did not have a lot of fishing experience so when the first 80 lb tarpon jump they were a little awe struck. We caught 3 smaller tarpon, 1 nurse, jumped 3 other big tarpon and got smoked by a big fish (probably a big bull shark). Not a bad evening in whale harbor channel.
Nate and Tish from Jupiter wanted to do a 3/4 day unless I could put a split together for them. The 2 splits I had working didn't come together so we stuck to the short day and hoped the Mahi we're too far.
At 20 miles we hadn't caught anything other than a barracuda but there were a couple boats farther out that looked like they were on fish. Three more miles and working birds showed us there were fish there. With very little time left we found 2 schools and limited out.
Time to head for the beach.
Had a group from Texas on board last evening. Bob booked the trip and told me that although he would really like to catch a tarpon, he'd be happy just to get a jump or two. After jumping off 3 tarpon I figured we were golden but Bob was still acting a little disappointed. We finally got one we could say was a caught fish to end the evening. We also caught 5 sharks that kept us busy between tarpon bites.
Steve from Pensacola, fl crossed one off his bucket list today. He caught this 48.8 lb wahoo on the way home after we decided to shorten the trip due to the heavy rain. We had caught a few mahi early but the rain just wouldn't give us a break so we headed in. Caught in 300 ft of water, he had another big wahoo follow him up to the boat but instead of risking the one we had hooked and try to hook the 2nd fish I decided to take the sure thing.
Great fish Steve . Congratulations! !!
went out last evening for a tarpon/shark trip. It's been very good as you can read in my blog but although the tarpon were rolling all around the boat we were only able to catch one and we jumped a big one off. Unfortunately the sharks were also not cooperating. We did not have a shark bite all night. Not what I expected after our recent success but that's fishing.
3/4 days can be a roll of the dice some times. If the fish are more then 20 miles off it makes it difficult to find the fish with the limited time we have to look. Fortunately we found 2 schools fairly quickly at 18 miles and caught some nice fish. That was all the time we had and we headed in.
Jim and Parker had a great time although Parker was starting to melt from the heat.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures