Anthony brought some of his associates from GAF out on the KK today for an awesome fall mahi bite. There was a current edge around 12 miles and although it was a slow start we soon had 10 fish in the boat and kept picking away at them for most of the day, ended up with over 30 nice size fish. We finished up the day at the hump, catching a few tunas for their mahi and tuna dinner this evening.
Tim and Will from Atlanta Georgia brave the seas today and caught tuna, yellowtail and mackeral on a full day. We looked for the mahi but never found any debris or weed today and lately that seems to be a prerequisite to finding the mahi. The wind did come down as the day progressed and the weather people tell us we should have a nice day tomorrow for fishing.
Caught a dozen mahi today on a current edge that was 12 miles or so off Islamorada and when the mahi bite dried up we hit a few vermilion and yelloweye snapper spots catching close to 20 of them. We have fished some of these guys in past years and always have a good time with them. Their company sends them down for a little r&r and we look forward to their return each year. Thanks Lee!
Shannez's mom and dad came into town a couple days ago so with a beautiful day predicted for Monday John and Shannez decided to take them out for a 3/4 day on the KK. Always a pleasure having them on board and although the yellowtail did not initially want to bite we stayed with it and caught 30 or so. The vermillons bit somewhat also along with a couple rose porgies and a few snowy groupers (released).
The wind dropped off some today and we were able to finally able to get Randy and Joanne out fishing. They have been patiently waiting since Monday for the wind to come down and were rewarded with some pretty good fishing. The yellowtails didn't cooperate in the morning and it was a pick on the tunas at the hump but the vermillion snapper were thick and the yellowtails started biting on the bottom later in the day along with jacks, muttons and a wayward kingfish. Randy and Joanne were super happy with the catch today and plan on fishing with us again when they get back to the keys.
Some people just have to go fishing no matter how bad the wave and wind conditions are, this was one of those groups (thus the nickname). When we left the dock it was probably blowing 20 knots or so but I could see this dark cloud front coming at us and half way to the reef the wind jumped up to 30+ and the rain was blowing sideways. We got anchored and started catching some nice yellowtails but at the beginning we were losing quite a few to the cudas. We had only fished for about an hour and 2 of the four guys were down already so when the next black cloud hit us with it's 30+ wind the two that were still fishing decided they had see enough big waves and called it a day. Putting the boat back in my slip with that wind was interesting to say the least but she went in without bouncing off anything or any other boat. The guys were happy to get back on solid ground (as were Dave and I) and they had plenty of fresh snapper for their dinner this evening. So far this week the weather has not been nice to us but the weathermen tell us tomorrow and the next 8 to 10 days are going to be much much better. Looking forward to it!!