More folks from the UK this evening and another youngster that get to brag about catching his first tarpon and it was on the KK. Oscar caught a 50 pound tarpon so he has bragging rights to that but his brother mac caught a 6 ft lemon shark and a bunch of other sharks during the evening also. Even Rose their younger sister got into the action, catching several sharks and learning how to cast a spinning rod. Great fun with great people once again!
Mathew got two half day trips on the KK with his grand parents and both were very similar. We caught the yellowtails and mangrove snappers first and them went to the hump where we got in on the good blackfin tuna bite that has been going on there over the last week or so.
Well the wind slowed down yesterday but so did the bite, as we caught a dozen tuna but only one mahi. We spent some time on the reef and caught mangroves, yellowtail and a few vermillons which kept Daniel and Kenny busy and makes for some great eating, although Kenny wasn't waiting to have his fish cooked and was eating the tuna almost before they got chilled in the fish box. Not running every day as we have been now that the kids are back in school but we will keep fairly busy even so as we head into the fall season. Fishing is still good, with the mahi still here till those first cold fronts in November and a lot less pressure on the fish with fewer boaters around. Fall is a great time of the year to be in the keys.
Robert and Patrick may have gotten more then they bargained for today as the wind was east at 10 to 15 knots and there was no question as to when we got to the gulf stream current. We caught some tunas and then headed out a little deeper to find mahi and the first thing we found was a log with 20 really nice size mahi on it. A big one did get away from us but we managed to catch 10 at that spot and then a couple more later on. The boys finally decided they had had enough and we headed back to the reef where we caught some vemillions and tried yellowtailing before calling it a day.
Todd and his crew got in on a really good bite of snapper today and his son Austin was our angler of the day. Between Austin's mom and him i believe they accounted for 90% of the 40 snapper we caught. All three boys did get in on catching the 125 lb bull shark .
Twenty=seven miles, we found one school of heavy lifters and gaffers and I was happy to find those as a lot of boats didn't find this many. We did catch a couple while trolling and left a few that wouldn't eat but other then lots of undersized fish we caught what we saw. Rick and his crew had a good time as the day was absolutely gorgeous and they had plenty of fish to take home.
Naomi, Sam and Steve fished the afternoon with us and as you can see they really get into their fish. We had a great time with the two little guys, catching fish thru the afternoon until a thunderstorm came in with a unbelievable amount of lightening and we had to head in. The guys loved the storm and wanted to go back into it again after we finally got away from it, not something the captain was willing or going to do.
Al and his group are here for his son's wedding and they decided to charter four boats and take the guys out for a half day. There was of course a friendly wager on most fish and largest fish and although we didn't catch anything large we did end the morning with a pile of nice mangrove and yellowtail snapper to take the "most" prize.
The wind is down and the mahi are biting, it doesn't get any better. The last few days have not shown a whole lot in the mahi department and I warned Richard and his buds that it might be a slow day on the mahi but any day can be that day it turns around and today it did.
Our good friends from the UK Bev, Paula, Toby and Rubin met Adam and his family last year (also from the UK) and suggested going out with us. Last year they were not able to, but they did this year and last night was that night. We had a great time catching sharks and Noah had one on that we could not stop so he now has a great story of the one that got away.
Steve, Mike, Dave and Lori pick a great day for the yellowtail snapper, nice size fish and almost perfect conditions made for a fast bite as we caught over 30 in a couple hours. Towards the end Dave got to catch one of the bull sharks that had been harassing us and our yellowtail all morning.
Chris, Alana, Jake and the rest of the crew had another successful outing with us today. They fish us at least once a year and good or bad we always have a great time. We ended up with 17 mahi and a blackfin tuna, saw a few more legals that we jumped off and a bunch of undersized fish that we let go.
These three were game to try today, even though I prewarned them that it was going to be rough. Stella and Mason did have game, Tucker not so much. We came in early and spent an hour or so in the channel to see if the sharks would bite but that did not happen.
We fished with Sam and his grandson Jack the other day but had to return early as Jack was not feeling well, after weeks of light wind the wind has come back and Jack was on board for it's return much to his dismay. Today we stayed on the reef and caught our limit of snapper and finished the short day with this large bull shark. Jack was in much better spirits although a bit sleepy from the motion sickness pills.