Samantha (pictured right) wanted to go fishing on her birthday and her dad called me up last week to set it up, he wanted to go yesterday but fortunately I was already booked, today was so much nicer then yesterday and I don't think they would have enjoyed their day out yesterday nearly as much as they did today.
The yellowtail snapper bit well to start but after an hour or so shut down so we moved on to other snapper species. We ended up with over 40 snapper for our group, which at their request I just gutted and put in their cooler for them to take back to Miami. I think there is going to be a lot of deep fried snapper being cooked at Samantha's and her cousin's homes the next few nights.
I tried a couple times, questioning Chris on his decision to fish today but still believing it would not be too bad on the water today despite the 25 knot wind out of the west. I just wanted him to know he could back out if he wanted but he still wanted to go and it turned out well.
To start we caught our limit of yellowtails on an awesome bite at crocker reef and we did not lose one to the sharks. Pulled the wahoo lures to the vermillon snapper spot and caught our limit of those, worked our way back toward crocker where we put our kites out and sailfish for the last 45 minutes or so. Excellent snapper fishing on a not so nice day.
Nick and Amanda wanted to go out on a fishing trip while they are in the keys celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, they were down in Key West for a couple night and drove up this morning to fish with us. The wind really came up as the day progressed so it was fairly rough by the time we left the slip but they both handled it well.
The sharks were still at the yellowtail spot today so we got another good show as the chased our snapper to the boat. After that we went in, caught ballyhoo and sailfish for the last hour but did not see one. I'm sure we will see these folks again if they are able to get back to the keys sometime.
Joe and his wife had fished with Captain Dave a couple months ago while my wife and I were visiting family up north and they came back to fish with both of us today.
Started with the yellowtails but conditions were totally different than yesterday and it was not going to work so we took our pilchards out to 250 ft where we were able to get a couple blackfin tunas to eat. Heading further up north we found some big schools of vermillon snappers and caught our limit of them. I decided to try the yellowtails again so we anchored down on a wreck and started catching really big tails. The sharks put on an incredible show trying to catch our fish (and did catch a few) but we were able to get most passed them.
Lots of good eating for these two in the coming days and weeks.
Allison and Marshall live in Montana (with south Florida ties) and they wanted to catch and eat the fish that they caught today because most all of the fish they catch in Montana are catch and release They really miss those fresh fish dinners and therefore were very happy when the yellowtails cooperated this morning and we were able caught our limit in an hour or so.
Caught some bonitos and had a shark on for a while, did a little sailfish and call it a day.
The current edge was there but only a few pieces of debris produced any amount of fish and we did not find one of those. We did find a blue marlin and I have a picture in my mind of the jump he made just before he got away but everyone got to see him jump and that was exciting. Jim and Joe caught enough mahi for several dinners which was all they wanted in the way of fish as they were headed to Key West after fishing with us.
I believe this bird that hitched a ride today on the boat for several hours is a member of the flycatcher family not sure which species but he was very friendly (or very tired).
With only a half day to work with I was apprehensive about going out to find the mahi, especially with the wind coming out of the north. Kyle and his buddies were up for the attempt and since I had found a bunch yesterday I decided to go for it and in the end was glad I did.
Caught 13 nice fat mahi in the short time we were out there and sent the guys home with good memories and plenty of filleted fish.
It was a 3/4 day and as we have been catching fish close in, my plan was to stay close to the reef, catch snapper and maybe a sailfish. A bit later while listening to the radio and other offshore boats , I heard that a current edge was only 6 or 7 more miles out from where we were trying to catch fish and the first boats that got there were finding "plenty"of mahi, so off we went.
I followed the line for a couple miles , didn't find anything but when a frigate bird dropped down out of the sky behind us and I went back to see what he was on, up came the mahi. We didn't stop catching them till we had 30 in the box and we caught a 20 pounder and a few others a bit later down the line. A that point we headed back, doing a little sailfishing before heading for home.
It was a totally different day today then two days ago when we took CP, Chad, Carly and Kevin out. It was blowing 15 to 17 knots today as apposed to no wind on Sunday and the current was running hard to the west today and there was no current on Sunday. The current and wind in the same direction actually made it almost pleasant today and we were able to catch our limit of snapper helped by these conditions. The sail happened in the last 5 minutes of the charter. Chad did a great job of angling with CP doing his job as official videographer.
We took a part of CP's family out on a beautiful late morning half day. The yellowtail snapper were not going to cooperate as there was very little current and they were not responding so we put out the wahoo gear and headed north. The vermillon snapper did cooperate and they bit at a couple different locals that we tried. Always fun to be out with the Kalises and we look forward to doing it again Tuesday if the wind doesn't get too strong.
Clay and his wife had never caught a mahi before today, they can cross that item off their bucket list after this day out on the KK. We ran to 18 miles to try to get on the current edge before it became too crowded but there were still numerous boats to contend with once we got there. Fortunately we came in behind a boat that had found a lot of fish on some debris and caught a dozen there to added to the six we found earlier on the line. Later in the day we finally found a few more on a bamboo log and had are limit. Spent a little time sailfishing on the edge and then headed for the marina.
Betty has been running this program for many years and a lot of ladies have gotten to go fishing for a day, been tutored by various captains for a day and fish a final day where they get to utilizes all that new information. It's definitely a nice program for these ladies and today was the first day for this year.
We took a vote and they decided that we would stay on the reef and catch snapper instead of running off shore to look for the mahi. It worked out as the sharks left us alone long enough to catch almost 20 yellowtails and we were able to get some of the big vermillon snapper before the cudas started eating them on the way up..
Thanks ladies see you again next year!
The third time was a charm for Evan as he had two other blacktip sharks hooked up earlier in the evening that he didn't get and then in the last five minutes was able to finally get one to the boat. Another great family from Tennessee that almost didn't get here due to the airlines but made it in the end. Hugh, Jamie and Tanner all had plenty of caught sharks to brag about this evening but Evan was the only one to land a blacktip shark.
Tomorrow they head offshore with Captain Dave at the helm as Pati and I go to Miami for her first heart checkup since her surgery.
Just a glorious evening out on whale harbor channel with some really nice folks. Ed and Kristen are here from Atlanta to enjoy a little Islamorada sunshine and do a bit of shark fishing. Caught a number of the usual sharks up to 80 or 90 lbs and Kristin tied into a couple screamers that we could not stop. A nice late afternoon out on the water with good folks and fish fights.
Finally felt comfortable enough with my wife's progress to take a day off and go fishing. Phil and Mat made it easy as they wanted to experience different types of fishing and catch a variety of fish. I think we did a good job of accommodating them, catching three different types of jacks, kingfish and cero mackerel, and two different species of snapper.
Had a really good time with this father and son team, a very competitive couple of guys, out to make some more good memories to take home with them.
I’m starting to worry that I might be out of a job after Captain Dave once again put up an awesome catch of fish for our clients. He told me he went to the Islamorada and caught the tunas but they were small and unlike yesterday there was no weed or debris to hold the mahi. He ended up trying one of the deep spots for vermillion snapper and did it ever pay off.
Dirk and his group had a great time and will be eating some great tasting fish for quite a while.
Looks like Captain Dave did it all today, catching some really nice mahi, a few tunas, two wahoos ( I haven't caught a wahoo in a while, I'll have to ask him about that! ) and then came back to the reef and caught some nice size yellowtail snapper.
Coming back from South Miami Hospital (where my wife is recovering) I saw that there was a lot of wind that they had to deal with today but looks like Mark and his son handled it well and they have a ton of fish to take back home with them.
Jason and his son fished with us earlier this year but this evening he brought three of his bfs with him for an evening out in whale harbor channel. The smaller sharks bit well but the big ones we had on did not stay on for long, it was still fun, everyone had a good time and they are planning to bring their sons along on the next trip out on the kk.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures