We struggled a little today as did most of the boats that were looking for meat fish. Quite a few sails were caught in the morning but our gang was not particularly interested in fish you can't eat so we concentrated our efforts in food fish. Caught a tuna, 6 kingfish and a snapper, missed a bunch of fish that we had close to the boat and the sharks also hurt us today. Heather, our lone female onboard was a big help, keeping Dave and I on our toes and was also the best angler of the group. Looking forward to fishing a longer day next time we fish these folks so we will have a few more hours to put more fish up for them.
One went over 30 lbs and the other tunas were not much smaller 0f the 4 we caught this afternoon in 200 ft of water. Jason and Rob had a really good day going with flag yellowtails, king and cero mackerels and assorted other fish even before I decided to move off the reef and found the big tunas. The sharks got the tail of one tuna but left us most of the meat and we pulled the hook on one other tuna but that was it for negative stuff on the day. Looking forward to another nice weather day tomorrow and hoping I can get Sunday booked as that looks like the last good weather day till the end of next week. Rob is planning his next trip in January hoping to catch a sailfish as Jason did yesterday.
Bob caught this 15 lb mutton with us today and he and his buds also caught vermillon, yellowtail, smaller mutton, almaco, aj etc. to keep them busy for their 3/4 day. The wind is finally coming down and tomorrow looks fabulous . It's about time!
Ian didn't go today but his father Mike did, Ian just got to pose with one of the tunas Mike caught. It was windy again today and Ethan decided to leave it all up to his dad and even his dad decided we didn't need to go off shore as it was rough enough for him on the reef. Mike is coming back in December and bringing his wife, from what I hear we may be doing on evening trip in the channel where no one gets motion sickness.
I lost the second half of the day charter today because heavy rain was predicted by the weather people, we never saw a drop. I don't understand how they can be so wrong so much of the time. O well enough of that, we had Ian on board today and his dad should have been with him but dad couldn't find his wallet so he stayed behind to track it down. The tails bit fairly well with just a minor shark problem, and Dave got the cero mackerels chummed catching a few of those along with the usual assortment of bonitos and jacks. Ian and his dad (found his wallet) will be on board tomorrow for a little longer day.
First day back on the water with a nice family from Florida, still a little bouncy but it was a half day so everyone survived OK. Caught some nice yellowtail snapper, bonitas, jaccks and rainbow runners and kept those that wanted to be, busy. plenty for dinner and we will see them again next year.
Took 10 days off to visit family in Vegas and see the "big" five national parks in Utah along with the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. Great trip and we never saw a drop of rain. We are now back to work and although today and tomorrow rain is predicted the rest of the week looks great. It feels good to get away but it also feels great to get home again.
Unfortunately the wind didn't start backing down until it was too late for Logan and his sister, the kind thing to do was get him and his sister back to firm ground which we did. They had stuck with it long enough to catch a bunch of yellowtail snapper and a few of these yellow jacks but they finally said enough They plan to come back but only when the wind is quite a bit less. See you guys then!
I heard that expression a number of time today (sporty) as we headed out into the teeth of it. This morning I had given Nicole and Will the option of not going due to the wind but they did not want to back out so off we went. Caught a schoolie mahi on the way out and caught some tunas at the hump but only a couple were decent size. Yesterday the reports had been of mahi out beyond the hump so I tried that first but I started hearing about fish back in 400 ft and didn't see anything to make me want to go deeperand the waves were only getting bigger so we turned around and headed back to the shallow water. Found our first school around hump depth, another decent school in 400 ft and our limit fishes in 300 ft. Will and Nicole did an admirable job keeping lines untangled in some pretty extreme conditions. I complimented Nicole when we got back on her strong stomach and she did admit to not feeling 100% but she certainly hung better then most people would have.
Tough group today as the wind was still cranking and the current was strong as we headed off shore on a half day. Hoping to find a few mahi in the deep water but ending up on the hump catching a few smaller tunas and with no good mahi reports we went back to the reef. Decided to try a wreak where the yellow jacks had been biting a few days ago and fortunately still were, as we caught a dozen before having to head in toward the marina.
The tunas were biting but so were the sharks and we even put Dave on a rod to see if he could beat them, but to no avail. They are just too aggressive and fast to get the bigger tunas up before they got eaten. The kings bit for a little while till the current came up and the yellowtail and yellowjacks were biting at the wrecks so did that towards the end of the day. It was Jim's honeymoon and he invited his buddy Steve to come along to go fishing with him, leaving his new wife Sharon to enjoy the pool. Guess you can make your own guidelines when you get married at 60 years of age. Whatever works, right!