Mark, Krista, Joolz and Jeff fished a 3/4 with us yesterday catching some really nice kingfish, tunas and muttons. We also caught at least a dozen cobia , unfortunately they were not of legal size but after catching that 51 pounder a couple days ago we know that there are some legal one around, just a mater of getting in front of one.
Mattew and his sister Kristal hold up the two biggest fish we caught today, the mutton snapper was on their “catch” list for today so I was glad when the snapper ate a bait that was intended for a sailfish. We also caught tuna, yellowtail, the margate and a number of jacks on our short day.
We started with the tunas which bit very well and with not a bad shark problem we caught over a dozen and then headed back to the reef to see what we could find there. Dave was just getting the first bait up in the kite when the cobia ate. Toolly had no previous fishing experience before getting on the KK but he did a great job of fighting the fish and Dave did an excellent job of getting the fish into the boat. Cash (our youngster today) also did well, catching the largest and most tunas, gaining a lot a experience at live baiting tunas at the Islamorada hump.
Our new Scottish friends were kept really busy this day as the kingfish were biting, along with the snapper, sharks and bonitas. We had a little problem with an engine which shortened the day for us but a good time was had by all and I found I can put the KK in that slip on one engine.
Last day for Mike before heading back to South Carolina and we decided to go a little farther off shore today. The tunas were biting in the 200 to 300 ft depth and again when we got to the hump and started throwing live baits. The verms did not bite well today but Mike had plenty of tuna to take back with him and we look forward to seeing him and his family next June or July.
I thought I was going to have to take a day off today but a call from another captain put me in touch with Mike who was in touch with Chris and his son and then we were booked. Conditions were not great for yellowtailing but we were able to catch over a dozen of them along with some kingfish, bonitas, a yellow jack and 3 legal muttons. Chris was the blue runner king but he did manage to catch a couple of the yellowtail. Fun day with this group and Mike is going out with us again tomorrow.
Yesterday was Preston's birthday and all he wanted for it was a fishing trip, We took him, his two brothers, dad and mom out for a half day on the reef and kept him busy with yellowtail, mackerel, bonita and one big bullshark to top it off. We had one very satisfied birthday boy at the end of our trip for sure!
Started a little tough with the sharks making up for yesterday and not letting us get hardly any yellowtail snapper to the boat. I finally had enough and went out to 200 ft where we started catching a few bottom fish and then mahi showed up along with that nice kingfish. At that point everything starting working out well, as the jacks and fat vermillon snapper were biting and we ended up with a really nice catch of fish by the end of the day.
It didn't take long for these guys to put together a great catch of yellowtails this morning. but then Cave is a bit of a ringer since he spent several years in the cockpit of the KKIV. Caveman and his lady are in the keys visiting their old pals and doing a little fishing while here.
Almost perfect conditions today for our half day of snapper fishing. Once again the ladies caught most of the fish as we put 20 tails in the boat along with a few kingfish and one legal mutton out of several that we got to the boat.