Once again the tunas did not bite very well at the hump and the ones that did bite got eaten by the sharks so it was back in shore again. Caught a bunch of really nice red snapper but had to release them as they are out of season. We did catch the vermillon snapper and additionally few yellowtail. Plenty for dinner and even some to ship back to Maryland.
Shawn and his buds had another beautiful day to fish with 5 knots of wind and no waves yesterday. We started at the Islamorada hump but there was no bite on the troll or with the live bait. We left the hump and found a current edge a few miles further out with lots of weed but after 6 miles on it I saw only one school of small mahi. We finally started finding fish back in the shallow water where the vermillon and yellowtail snapper bit, along with an aJ and various other jacks. Slow start, decent finish.
Didn't think we were going to fish today but when another boat out of Whale Harbor had an engine problem and Dave and I happened to be at the KK we got the call. They wanted to stay on the reef so we started with the yellowtail snapper, catching 25 of those and then went to a few deep drop spots, catching some of the biggest vermillion snapper I've caught in a couple years. Really nice to see those big verms again. Great crew from the west coast of Florida and Iowa. (One didn't make the pic... bar run). Thanks Guys!
More clients from the great city of Atlanta today. David, his brother and his father fished a full day with us on a absolutely beautiful day. We caught the tunas early and then went looking for the mahi on a weed line in 600 ft. Two pieces of debris had fish and we were able to keep 7 of them. Later in the day there was a report of sailfish action around the eagle wreck so we ended the day catching rainbow runner waiting for a sail bite. They definitely were there as another boat hooked up a sail but in the end we had to settle for mahi, tuna and yellowtail snapper..
Some days you make all the right decisions and that's what happened yesterday with our guest from Atlanta, Kevin and Rob. We started at the hump catching skipjack and blackfin tuna. There was some weed coming across the hump and 5 minutes after having Dave switch everything over, I found a stump with a dozen gaffers and schoolies on it. A little later we found an other piece of debris with more fish but handed that one off to another boat that needed to catch some. That must have been the right thing to do because on the way home in 300 feet we hooked up a 30 pound wahoo on monofilament and caught him too! Needless to say Kevin and Rob were pretty happy with their 3/4 day on the K KAY IV.
Bill, Nick, WT and Keith on their second trip with us are from Naples Florida. We had a little problem with the 1st bunch of mahi I found this morning and didn't catch as many as we should have, unfortunately they also happened to be the nicest fish we encountered today. I found a few more schools and we were able to keep a few out of each school as most were undersized. We ended our short day in the shallow water looking for a wahoo and ended up catching a number of bonitas. See you next time guys!
A fine day with Jim and the his guys from NY. Caught some blackfin tuna at the hump and quickly found some mahi after running a little farther out. The weed we were on broke up so I headed out a little deeper and we found the 5 gaffer size mahi around 750 ft. A few more schoolies showed up at 1000 ft and as it was getting to be that time of the day I started working my way back toward the dock. Coming up on a weed line I saw a boil in the grass and had Dave load a live bait just in case. There was a sailfish chasing a houndfish in the weed and it only took a second or so for him to see and eat our bait. The best part was it all happen right on the transom with all 6 guys watching him eat! Caught the 50 lb sail and headed for home.
The day started great, right up till we approached the bait patch and the alternator light came on. After looking for the obvious (broken belt) I realized it was something I was going to fix on the water so after a little discussion with my clients we decided that we could continue with the half day. The yellowtails were not cooperating so we moved out a little deeper and started catching decent kingfish. The last fish we hooked was definitely not a king and it didn't take long to figure out a very large shark had eaten one of our cigar minnows. It took an hour an a half to get to were we caught a vague shadow of a very large carnivore. That was the only glimpse we got though because he finally
Some local folks fished a 3/4 day on the KK today. Steve and Lisa brought some family and friends with them on a really nice day (finally) and the tunas were biting. There were a lot of boats on the Islamorada hump but it only slowed the bite down a little. Since I didn't hear much from the guys offshore we went back to a color change we passed in 280 ft and spent the remainder of the time trying to connect to a sailfish. There were sails there and we had 3 opportunities but unfortunately we didn't connect. Everyone had a good time and Steve is planning a return trip in the near future.