Hanna, Luke and Scott had a nice day with captain Dave today catching tunas and mahi. It was a bit more of a struggle today then yesterday but they did have a shorter day which doesn’t give a captain as much fishing time. I will probably be back fishing by the end of the week but it will depend on how my wife’s recovery from surgery is progressing.
Dave had another great day as captain on the KK today and showed he can definitely fill the void when I need to take a day or two off. He caught the pilchards and then went to the 409 where the tunas bit just long enough for them to catch their limit. Luck is all part of the fishing game and after not catching and mahi in the deeper water, heading back to the reef, he found a bamboo log with 4 very nice gaffer size mahi on it and caught all four of them. He tried a few other spots with limited success but all in all a good day for the KK.
Dan brought his three sons to fish with us today and we kept them busy most of the day. The sharks hurt us at the hump only allowing us a few tunas. There were a few mahi caught today but we did not see any so we went back to the reef were the kingfish bit well and we caught some nice yellowtail snapper.
Shane and John were back again to grace our boat with their good natured presence. We pretty much wore John out today as Shane has some physical limitations that made her more moral support than angler. We started by filling our wells with pilchards and going to the hump where the tunas were biting as well as the sharks. We caught our limit of tunas along with a few mahi and then headed back to the reef. There was a slow pick on the kingfish but we were able to catch our limit of them also and since we still had pilchards left, we hit a few yellowtail snapper spots and caught over a dozen of them. Shane and John will be back as soon as they eat up all the fish they caught today. Hopefully they will share with friends and family or it could be quite a while before we see them.
It was one of those day that balances out the days when things that should got right go wrong. The sailfish we caught was on a small bait, very small hook and very thin line but because he was hooked outside the mouth he did not chafe through that line. The tunas did not bite for us but because we were not throwing baits and we were on the move we were the first to a frigate bird that showed us where there was school of nice mahi. Back on the reef when the kingfish stopped biting it forced me to move to another spot where we were catching yellowtails on live bait and that is when we caught the sailfish. You just never know where the path will lead, you go right .....you go left....? Mark and Doreen did a great job on everything including Marks sailfish. They assured me they will be back.
These poor folks from Atlanta had their plane delayed twice last evening and finally got to sleep at their lodging around four this morning. We didn't leave the dock till ten but even so it was a short night for them. Tried the hump but the tuna bite was over by the time we got there so with a not great report from off shore we returned to the reef and found a decent bite of kings along with a couple muttons. It all worked out as they went home with a few bags of fish and smiles on their faces.
Caught 14 solid mahi today and our limit of blackfin tunas with our GAF friends. Anthony has been with us many times and he brings his clients with him when he does. Caught the tunas on the lures after catching a couple mahi on the way out to the 409 hump. We were pleasantly surprised to catch 6 mahi which swam up to us while at the hump catching the tunas and then later in the day we found a bucket that held another 6 mahi which we caught. No rain today and the weather is getting nicer and nicer as we get later into the week. Thanks Anthony and thanks Wendy.
The one missing today was Brian Wing, he did the Alligator lighthouse swim yesterday and with the sea conditions as they were today was not feeling up to going offshore, instead he sent Kyle, Nick and Chris with us to brave the high winds, heavy seas and frequent lightening. It really wasn't all that bad today except when the cells would move through and the fishing was fairly good to off set the weather. Caught fish throughout the day, a few mahi to start, then the tunas and back to the mahi when the tuna slowed up. All in all a good day and hopefully we get to fish Brian the next time he comes to town.
We had a really good time with Wally and Mike yesterday, both are good anglers but Wally had the age and strength advantage which helped him a lot when he hooked up that big tuna. The tunas did not bite quite as well as the day before nor did we find those big packs of mahi as we had on Wednesday but we did find enough to keep the boys and their moms busy thru out the day and plenty for meals while they are here visiting the keys. Still plenty of mahi around for the next month or so and I have a number of open days coming up this month so take advantage of the good weather, less traffic, great fishing and give me a call.
Pati and I flew in last night from Jersey and I dragged myself out of bed this morning for my first day on the water in over a week. Dave has been doing a great job in my absence and we feel fortunate to have him as part of our team. We caught the pilchards this morning and headed for the hump where the tunas were biting and there were no sharks. Caught our limit and moved on to the mahi, finding several big schools and over the course of the morning we caught our limit of 20 fish. Spent the rest of the time looking for a center piece or a billfish but in the end we had to be satisfied with our 30 beautiful fish. Nate and Preston had a great time and they have already spoken to their friends about their day and pointed them in our direction.
Eugene Emory has fished with me for 10 years or so, he is one of those guys that just shows up hoping for an open day but his timing is usual pretty good. Monday was one of those days, he showed up and Dave had an open day for him on Tuesday They had an awesome day, catching their limit of tunas at the hump, a dozen or so mahi after that and assorted bonitas and kingfish on the reef. Nice day Dave!
Sean and his folks caught some nice mahi and a triple tail yesterday with captain Dave in charge. I understand it was flat calm again yesterday which is better then the wind we had last week. Dave is out there again today on another beautiful day.