It was Andy's birthday and his wife Chrissie surprised him with a fishing charter. We caught a variety of fish and sharks and kept everyone busy throughout our morning half keeping enough fish for the folks dinner this evening. Looking forward to fishing with them again in the future. Good times!
Ed and his family went out with us a couple evenings ago and although it started slow as soon as the tide changed and the current picked up it was game on. No tarpon that night but we did have a big spinner shark on for a bit and he did put on a show. Probably caught 8 or 9 other sharks and one ray so it was pretty active for most of the evening.
TJ and his friends were not intimidated by the 20 knots of wind coming off the ocean this morning so off we went into some fairly heavy seas. Once passed 200 ft the seas actually got a little better with the waves spreading but then the rain started. Undaunted by this new addition to the weather we continued on, getting a little help from another boat that had found a nice school of mahi. We caught a handful out of that school, continued on to the hump were the tunas were biting well and we were able to catch our limit of them. I got the "word" as we were leaving the hump to look for more mahi so we changed our heading and pointed the boat toward land. Found another school of mahi in 350 ft on the way back and caught another 7 or 8 fish to add to the total. Everyone had a great time and TJ wants to come back and catch a swordfish so we will definitely be seeing him again in the near future.
John, Julie, Crystal and Brandon had a special day catching a 200 lb blue marlin on the KK today. They took turns winding on the beast so they all get credit. Caught the tunas to start the day, headed out to find some mahi and we were just getting to a current edge when the marlin ate the right rigger. It took about an hour to get the fish up along side the boat where it was released unharmed. Never got a good picture of the fish as the sun was behind us and all I could see through my phone was the glare. Pictured is a blue we caught a couple years ago.
The sharks once again drove us out of one of our yellowtail spots but it all turned out for the best as the big vermillon snapper were biting well. Caught what we needed for Jerry and Kitty by mornings end and they got to experience what deep dropping with electric reels is all about and they liked it! Kitty did say that the first day was more exciting when we were standing in the pouring rain with lightening striking around us but I definitely preferred the nicer sunny day that was today. Had a good time with these folks and I'm sure we will see the again soon.
Jerry and Kitty got really wet today as once again the skies opened up and drenched us. The yellow jacks were very aggressive and we could have easily caught 20 of them with the wellfull of pilchards we had. These jacks are really good eating and they definitely helped us out as the sharks were making it tough to get the yellowtail snapper to the boat. Just a half day today and another half scheduled with these two on Wednesday.
After taking a few days off we are back at it with an evening trip. As you can see from the picture there was some rain around but it didn't affect us and certainly didn't stop the sharks from biting. JT and Silas probably caught 15 to 16 sharks, missed one tarpon and had a mystery fish on that probably was a blacktip or small bull shark. Great time with JT and Silas and we look forward to another outing with them next year.
I was a little concerned with the wind today as we had James's group of young gentlemen on board and I had heard the stream was running pretty close in. We hit the current around 300 feet and the waves began to grow but the boys hung in there pretty well through most of the 3/4 day. Robbie finally succumbed to the motion and at that point dad pointed to the beach. and we headed in. The guys did well in relatively rough conditions catching 28 mahi and most importantly catching more than their compadres in the second boat that was out there. We have a half day scheduled for tomorrow afternoon with this group and will probably stay on the reef and catch the yellowtails but you never know, things can change.
Normally when the water is clear, the bottom is visible in 80 feet of water and there is no current I'd say the chances of catching a bunch of yellowtails was going to be extremely difficult but with 500 pilchards in our live well is was just fun. Throw the pilchard , wait till the tails come up to eat and throw one with a hook right in the middle and hang on. Our only problem were the sharks once again but we were able to get most of the YT passed them. John and Sara are just fun to fish with and everyone had a fabulous time. Looking forward to fishing with the again soon.