It just didn't come together the way we wanted it to today. From the slow tuna bite to my inability to find that magical piece of debris where all the mahi seemed to be hiding today it was a struggle. We did catch a few tunas, a mahi and two dozen yellowtails but it wasn't what we had hoped for, fortunately Joe and his guys have done a lot of fishing and know that the effort doesn't always show in the catch and there was a lot of effort put in today.
Shane and John were married on the KK Tuesday evening at Alligator Lighthouse and today we took the newlyweds out for a full day of fishing. Tunas and Mahi in the morning and as we did not hear of much going on off shore in the way of mahi we came back to the reef and caught yellowtail snapper and assorted other species. We wish these two the best and I'm sure we will see them again soon as the sailfish season heats up.
Finally after days of brutal wind and rain we get a reprieve and Steve and his buds picked the right day to go looking for mahi. We did the tuna thing at the hump early and then I went too deep only to discover on the way back to the reef that there were mahi in 450 ft of water. These guys have obviously done quite a bit of fishing as it didn't take much to get them into the rhythm of a mahi war. We caught 18 nice fish and headed back to the reef where we caught a legal mutton and got a gold star from the Coast Guard by passing their safety inspection with flying colors.
Tom, Mary, Richard and Gwen are going to be eating tuna for a while as the sharks left us mostly alone and let us get almost all to the boat while we were at the hump. We stayed at the hump for a couple hours waiting to see if the guys running off shore would find mahi but all I heard were isolated incidents. We did finally go off and got to 20 miles or so before turning around and working our way back to the reef. Did catch the one mahi teenager on the way back and 3 undersized groupers once we got to the reef along with a king and assorted other scallywags. Happy folks even with the lack of mahi due to the strong northwest wind. We will see them again.
We have not fished with Brian Wing for about a year now but it's always a pleasure when we do get to fish together. He came down to do the lighthouse swim (which was yesterday) and he was a little disappointed when it was shortened due to weather. The weather was great today and we didn't have any problem catching really nice tunas and a dozen or so mahi. All those fillets are all headed back to Texas to be consumed by his four boys and lovely wife Shannon. See you again soon Brian.
Chris and the guys had a banner day catching some tunas to start and catching close to our limit on a 3/4 day. There was a current edge at 16 miles and we caught almost all our mahi off of one piece of debris that was on that edge. The weather is great and it looks like next week is more of the same with light winds and great fishing,. I have some open days so give me a call.
Things have been a little slow down here as everyone has been watching Dorian and afraid to make a move until the hurricane decided where it was going. Thankfully Dorian has gone away and we can get back to fishing. Today we stopped at the hump and spent quite a bit of time there catching tunas, there were a lot of smalls but enough decent size ones to keep us there till we had accumulated 7 or 8 better ones. There was almost no weed out to 20 miles but we did catch one 20 lb bull on the way out on a bucket and this sailfish a short time later. We spent a lot of time looking for the mahi after that but only found one more. I did get reports of mahi at 34 miles, hopefully those fish will get closer once that wind swings around to the southeast.