Only a couple boats out again today and there were a few mahi caught on a half day by one boat. More rain again today and we are working on with our punch list for the boat. Getting her ready for the next season. This picture is from 2003. Randy's 1st sailfish and John Wolf as the 1st mate.
Not many boats out there over the weekend but there are some mahi being caught and the Islamorada hump is producing a lot of 4 to 8 lb blackfin tuna. Unfortunately the shark are very aggressive and unless you catch the tuna fast, you aren't going to get them to the boat.
Followed a weed line at 18 miles and saw 5 mahi, none of which wanted to be caught. That was how the beginning of the day went and so switching gears we caught a few skipjacks and did some deep dropping. The last place I stopped had some full grown vermillon snapper on it and we did catch a number of them while they were biting.
We have come to the end of the summer season and it's been a good one for the KKIV. Thanks to everyone that has fished with us and those that just follow my fishing reports. I'm am sure I will see a lot of you again next year. Because we have slowed down my fishing reports will be a little spotty but I will try to keep you informed as to what is going out there. Thanks Again, Capt Don
This obviously is not a blacktip shark but we had a number of them on tonight and only were able to get one close to the boat. Since we are using mono it doesn't take but one tooth to touch it and and they are free. No tarpon bites tonight but plenty of nurse sharks that kept Dan and Riley busy throughout the evening.
Mitch, Susan, Dean and Dan from San Antonio, Texas got treated to our first really nice day in what seems like forever. Caught tuna out in 500 feet and looked for the mahi out to 800 ft. We came back to the reef and finished up our 3/4 day, yellowtailing in the sparkling clear water on the reef.
Kim, Summer and Hayden were our stars today because it was their 1st time off shore and even though it was a little bumpy they kept it together. There were good mahi reports from 20 miles off shore but the team decided they didn't want to venture deeper and we ended up back on the reef catching yellowtail. Great people and we hope to see them again soon.
Rain and lightening greeted us this morning as we headed down the channel. It didn't make for great mahi fishing but the tunas loved it. Jimmy and Justin, down from Winter Haven, Florida were looking for tuna and mahi. The mahi didn't cooperate for us today. We did attempt deep dropping at the end of the day but the current was just running to hard to make that work so it looks like a sushi night or two for the boys.
These Texans are tough. Jeff and Jon fished an extremely rough day with us today and I never heard a whimper from them. We found debris again today but not all of it had fish and not as many or as large. Jon had plenty of mahi to take back to college with him and they planned on eating the tuna for dinner. See you next time guys.
Yesterday we had a great catch of yellowtails. Today we had a full day and our group wanted to try mahi fishing and yellowtail as a back up plan. Obviously we didn't have to go to plan "B". Finding our first few fish on a rope at 14 miles and then 6 more on a piece of bamboo, things were starting out pretty well. An hour or so later at 18 miles I found a stump that was loaded and we finished our day there, catching close to 30 heavy lifters and gaffer size mahi. Dominic and his friends did a great job in heavy seas and we will be seeing them again soon!
I have done a lot of yellowtailing this summer but very few of those days had those perfect conditions you hope for. Today was that day. Current and wind same direction and the fish came right up and they were hungry. Joe, Shelly, Don and Collette got to see this type of fishing at it's best. We caught our forty and then moved of to see if there were any kings or bottom fish around. Caught 1 bonito and the sharks ate the nice bottom fish we did hook but what a great half day with the tails.
Can you say deja vu all over again cause that what it felt like tonight on our evening shark and tarpon trip. We caught 10 or so sharks and we were just getting ready to wind everything in when a tarpon ate. Once again it was of the large variety (100 lbs +), once again we could not stop it and once again it got through the bridge. I am thinking about bring my kayak along and sending our angler and mate after these big tarpon when we hook up and they head for the bridge. Might call it "extreme tarpon fishing" Smile for the camera Mckenzie.
It was Gavin's 1st trip on the KKIV and he is showing off the 60 lb AJ that his dad caught. The rest of the crew had been out with us before and a few were not feeling 100% at times during the day but Gavin took it all in stride, enjoying the waves, catching fish and even taking a little nap when things got slow. Justin, Brian and the rest of the gang did a great job even though it was a little slow today catching yellowtails, blackfin and skipjack tuna and the big AJ.
Joe just graduated from college and is starting law school so maybe it was in the cards that the sharks were very prominent today. Just kidding Joe! It was Joe vs the sharks and as you can see the sharks didn't always win. We fought one for over an hour and got the tuna back (although slightly mangled) but never saw the shark. We also caught a dozen yellowtails and Joe, Joe and Donna were taking their fillets out to their favorite restaurant for fresh fish dinner.
Page, Shelby and Autumn were our guest this evening on the shark/tarpon excursion and we had a lot of fun with the group. Had a large tarpon on for a while but didn't quite get him into leader range. Lots of sharks released and none stop action made for a busy 3 hours in Whale Harbor channel. Oh yeah mom and dad were also along and also caught sharks. They love Islamorada and I'm sure we will see them again in the not so distant future.
In an race to get the yellowtail to the boat before getting eaten we didn't always beat them but we still caught 35 tails this morning. Ilyce and her group wanted to stay on the edge and catch snapper, which looked like the right call as once again the mahi fishing was slow.
Brian, Aileen, Bonnie and Ellie from England wanted to catch mahi. I thought we were going to come back early as Bonnie and Ellie were not feeling all that well after an hour or so, but I found out later that they had an agreement with their dad that there would not be any early return. We found most of the fish around 12 miles and a few more at 14. Not sure what dad promised the ladies for their cooperation but it worked and they get to eat fresh mahi for the next couple nights.
Max and his dad are both hooked up with sharks in this picture. Max and his family are from Switzerland and this was their first time fishing. It was definitely a busy night, starting almost before the anchor had time to set until time was up for the evening. We jumped one tarpon and had a couple blacktip sharks on also during the 3 hour tour.
Brian, Shannon, Patrick, Henry and last but not least Charlie ( small person green shirt) fished with us on an evening trip, their 3rd trip on the KK. Just a great family and so much fun to be with, it's a pleasure to have them on the boat. We caught a few sharks ( Charlie caught the biggest) and mom caught a large sting ray. No tarpon bites last night. We cancelled our day trip due to wind but will be out there today.
Joe and his father Tim fished a short day today and after catching 17 yellowtail we went looking for mutton snapper. I hit all the spots where i have caught muttons recently and had with no bites. Pretty frustrating. We did catch one yellow jack and had another one on while yellowtailing. Joe and Tim will be back Thursday for a offshore mahi trip.
I usually try to discourage folks that want to fish mahi on a half day. There usually isn't enough time (if they are out too far) to do a good job of finding them, but these guys wanted to try, and it worked! George, George, George and Jose had fished with me about 8 years ago and decided to do it again even though George has a house in Tavernier and his own boat here. We had a good time and I hope it's not another 8 years before they fish on the KK again.