Joe, Julie, Derek, John, John and Joey came down from homestead on their 2nd annual mahi fishing bonanza on the KAY K IV. The tunas bit well at the islamorada hump but after catching 6 blackfins and a yellowfin the sharks showed up and started eating everything we hooked up. Leaving the hump to the sharks we ventured out to a weed line a few miles to the south at about the 16 mile marker and started catching mahi. There wasn't a lot of fish but we ended up finding 3 nice schools with a few teenagers in the mix. Julie caught the biggest of course, besting Joe by a few ounces. A good time was had by all and they are planning their return for next year.
David, Sara and their children Mo and Eva had a great morning with us today. Over 30 yellowtails and assorted other species kept them busy. We keep them so busy they were both sleeping on the way home.
What started as a 3/4 day ended a little early as the wind has picked up the last couple days and the seas have been up some. David and his crew hung in there for most of the morning as we started catching fish at 10 miles or so. We ended up with over 20 mahi in a couple hours and reports from the other boats were similar......lots of schools of nice fish.
A bit of rain did slow my anglers down today although it made seeing the fish a bit difficult for the captain. We found a good pack of gaffers and heavy lifters at 15 miles and caught about half our limit by 930. After a hour without seeing anything but shakers i found a 20 pounder in the rain and then a huge school of nice fish. we were pretty much done by 11:30 just looking for another big one. Looks like August is going to continue to be a good mahi month.
Debbi, John and Austin caught all these mahi today. We jumped off a big one but caught 3 tiple tails on a piece of debris so all in all it was a good day. Seems like everyone had decent catches the last few days which bodes well for the rest on the week.
17 miles and a lot of mahi made for a great first saltwater experience for justin, CJ and Korbit. their dads were a little concerned for them on this first blue water foray but they did great and got plenty of practice with the mahi shuffle. Great job guys, see you next year.
Carlos and his family fished with us today on a morning half. Conditions were good when we started but the sharks were also hungry and we were only getting 1 out of 3 passed them. The tails finally got tired of being eaten and shut down entirely after a couple hours so we made a move to another spot. Caught a few tigger fish, a few more tails and by then it was time to go.