Fished with Leif and Merna today on a full day. I've known both of them for quite a few years and fished on their boat several times but this was the 1st time they had fished on the KK.
By 9:30 we had found a dozen mahi and by eleven we had our limit. Heading back to the shallower water we stopped on a vermillion snapper spot and caught our limit of those.
We caught a couple nice groupers and a few porgies after the verms and headed for home .
Pretty successful 1st trip on the KK for the two of them.
Started out the same way yesterday as the day before. We caught the pilchards well and headed for the hump. The sharks were just as hungry but once again we managed to put together a decent catch of skipjack and blackfin tuna. Leaving the hump we then went looking for the mahi and around 18 miles found a current edge and a nice pack of schoolies and gaffers up to 20 pounds.
A very sweet 3/4 day
We left a little late due some miscommunication but the bait was still available so we loaded up on pilchards and headed to the hump.
A lot of bonitas and skipjack tunas and the sharks let us catch a few blackfins. Busy half day.
This was Capt Scott's (USAF) first offshore trip since the injury in May.
Dalton and his father Don booked me for an evening trip today and I really didn't know what to expect as I hadn't been out on an evening trip in a while. I shouldn't have been concerned because it was none stop action. Had 2 tarpon on, 12 sharks and a couple mystery fish that just screamed line off the reel. Dalton will sleep well tonight!
John and his wife Conny from Tampa got a taste of a variety of fish and methods today. We started at the hump with the tuna and then went out and found a couple mahi. After which we did a little deep dropping for the vermillon snapper and although we didn't catch a lot of anything we were successful at each endeavor.
The tuna bite wasn't as good for us as yesterday's but a couple mahi showed up while we were catching them and we put them in the box with our tunas. We did go looking for more mahi and I got out to 18 miles or so but just couldn't spend all day hoping to find them knowing they have been scarce the last few days. The vermillons were biting again today along with a couple AJs so we ended up once again with a very satisfying rack of fish at days end.
Mike is a Oklahoma transplant to the keys and he brought along Morgan and her grandpa from Oklahoma on their first ocean fishing trip. They said they had an awesome time and would love to do it again soon.
Jason said he wanted to do it all but instead we decided to do a couple things well. The tuna cooperated, catching the nicer ones on the live bait and decent ones on the feathers. A lot of boat traffic at the hump on this labor weekend but it didn't seem to bother the tuna bite too much.
The mahi bite did not sound very good so I decided to do some deep dropping and discovered that the vermillons were biting well. Ended up with a great catch of verms and tuna.
Three fathers and their sons were a happy crew at days end.
Had Nancy and Martin out today on the KK and a beautiful day it was. The mahi fishing was spotty and we only caught 9 ( 3 of them were teenagers) and a nice tripletail . We hooked 2 of the teenagers on the troll, jumped one off and broke the other one off (not a happy event). I went back to the debris and saw there was another fish swimming next to the 2 we stung. After we caught that one I had tony snag the line that was still attached to the one we broke off and after one miscue and another snag of the line by Tony we had Martin fight the fish to the gaff. Threw out another bait and caught the one we had jumped off. Good ending to a bad start.
More happy customers on the KK.
Wendy happened by today as we got back to the dock and since I couldn't get CP or Don to stand behind or nice catch of vermillons, I ask her to.
Yesterday we caught some mahi at 20 miles but it was a little tough. Today we stayed inshore and yellowtailed but once again the sharks were bad. Fortunately the big verms were bitting. The mahi bite was good today offshore and we will be out there tomorrow.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures