Pati and I were on a much needed vacation to Colorado and New Mexico the last ten days or so with our good friends Randy and Jan. We just had a wonderful time, the weather was great and the scenery was spectacular. Unfortunately all good thing must come to an end and we flew back yesterday doing the red eye out of Denver and I'm looking forward to getting back to some good off shore fishing again.
With Captain Dave at the wheel we took Pati, Dave's wife Lisa and Dr John out for a little snapper catching. The yellowtails did not bite very well and when they did the sharks were there to eat most of them, fortunately we did not have the same problem with the vermillon snapper. Captain Dave kept us on the spot and we are all eating well tonight. Thanks Captain Dave.
Chris's group got in on some great mahi fishing today along with some beautiful weather. Seemed from what I heard on the radio pretty much everyone had plenty of opportunities to put good catches of mahi together today with nice size fish and we didn't have to go very far to find them. I found some of these fish at 14 miles although the majority were caught at 17 to 18 miles.
Matt, his friends and relatives came down to Islamorada to go fishing as part of the grooms bachelor party. We struggled early with the tunas because the current had all but stopped and there also was quite a few boats at the hump which doesn't help the bite. Once again on a short day I decided to deep drop and work my way back to the reef. Well, I found the silk snapper in 400 ft and they were biting, we caught over 20 before deciding that we had all we needed. It didn't end there though as we use some of our live bait and caught 4 kings, a shark and a decent mutton snapper to finish up the day.
The tuna are still biting at the Islamorada hump and Bill and his group did a great job of getting most of them to the boat before the sharks could catch them. We had to shorten our day and distance as one of our guest was not feeling at all well and we ended up with a 3/4 day, a little short of where we needed to be to catch the mahi.
Quite a surprise this evening while out on a shark and tarpon trip with Skyler and River to hook into this cabera snapper. First one i have ever caught at the bridge although I have heard of them being caught there on occasion. The action didn't stop there with spinners, barracudas tarpon and many other sharks keeping the twins and their dad and grandpa busy all evening