Rob wanted to fish for sails this morning even after we had the discussion about it being slow for sails. It was, but they knew the risk and the only consolation was Rob son got to catch a tarpon back at the marine.
The afternoon with Jason's family went much better as we headed out to the hump, caught a few small tunas, caught the vermillons on the bottom and finished up with 3 nice tunas, the biggest coming in at a solid 25 lbs.
Two and a half big tunas and 18 big vermillon snappers made Don and his crew smile big smiles today. We caught one mahi on the way out to the hump under a black bird and then once at the hump caught quite a few smaller tunas on the feathers and later the big ones we caught on live bait. In the afternoon we bounced the bottom near the reef and finished up with a couple muttons and one yellowtail snapper to round out our day.
Billy had fished with us a couple years ago on an evening charter and was hoping to have as much activity as he did the last time. I had explained to him that the recent cold snap probably would slow down the bite and it did. We caught just two sharks during the evening but one was a spinner which jumped 3 times and took us around the boat three times before we caught him, so we still had some excitement during the evening and additionally fought a big bull shark we could not get stopped.
Lots of kids today, the morning group was from Brazil , spoke very good English and had a great time catching yellowtails. The afternoon group had dad, grandpa and the 3 brothers. Jack was high hook with the nice mutton but we also caught yellowtails, a smaller mutton and other fish
All in all a good time was had by everyone and although the seas were not very calm, no one complained or didn't feel well.
Awesome day on the vermillons today with some of the largest I have caught in quite a while. We started the day with a few kings, mutton and yellowtail snappers and assorted other bottom dwellers. We then went deep and caught the tuna, a few bonitos and ended the day with the big vermillons. Nice job by our 3 way split with our 3 couples, Sam was a huge help to Dave, spending the day working as a second mate and then paid for the privilege, not bad.
Jim, Joe, Justin and Josh were with us the other day, on a day that started a little rougher than I expected but got nicer as the day went on. We caught our bait and headed to the hump to try the tunas again but when we got there the bite wasn't as good at the Islamorada as it had been at the 409 hump the day before. We did catch a few tunas and then tried the bottom for the snappers, that would have been great as the snappers were biting but once again the sharks would not allow us to get more then 3 snapper to the surface. We ended up back at the reef where we caught a few more tunas, small cobia and assorted other species.
I decided to try the tunas again today but changed the tackle somewhat to get more pressure on the tunas and hopefully get some passed the sharks, it met with limited success. We ended up with some decent size blackfins but the sharks got the really nice ones. It was a lot of fun though as the tunas were biting really well and Duncan and the guys were trying their best to get them to the boat before they got eaten and these were really big sharks. It was very exciting.
We were only able to get one and a half tunas past the sharks at the hump today out of the 7 or 8 we had hooked up. Tried the bottom there also as there was no current but the sharks would not allow us to do that either. We ended up at the reef where the yellowtails bit fairly well, much better then they have been biting an we caught a few kings, a legal mutton, a yelloweye and a large cuda as the center piece. Duncan and the guys are fishing with us again tomorrow and want to go deep so that's the plan for the morning.
One of those days where we missed a lot of fish. Several big tunas and a sail did not come to the boat for various reasons including our forever nemesis, the sharks. We did catch a few kings, some undersized cobia and assorted other fish but for Bill and Jill it was more about having a good experience and learning some stuff. They did both, and they plan a return in the not too distant future.
Thought we were going to catch that sail but he went ballistic (fishing term) rolled up in the line and swam away. Even though we missed the sail there was plenty to feel good about today as not long after the sail Cody caught a 20 lb blackfin tuna and the kingfish were very active all morning long. We also caught a couple rainbow runners at the very end of our trip went the wind had picked up to 25+ knots, which added a degree of sport and difficulty to the catching. We got safely back into the boat slip after our 3/4 day and Cody told me he is coming back for that sail sometime soon. Looking forward to it Cody.
Allie and Lori were at it again today (hammered the sharks a couple evenings ago) catching everything that bit their hooks. We started at the Islamorada hump with the blackfins hoping that we would get a chance at some mahi on the way out or the way in. Yesterday there a lot of mahi around hump depth but today we had to be satisfied with the good bite of blackfins.
We got back to the reef, discovered there was no current there but we were able to catch a couple snapper before moving on to a deeper spot where the kings were biting and we were able to catch a couple big blackfin tunas.
Another great family that we got to fish with and we look forward to fishing with them again sometime soon.
Allie and Lori are awesome young ladies, they picked up on the whole "lift up wind down""don't wind against the drag so quickly, I just sat back in amazement. We lost count of the number of sharks we caught which included bullsharks and blacktip sharks that were hooked up through out the evening. They want to go out to the reef to fish this week so we are hoping to get them out Friday weather permitting,
Russ booked the trip but he let his good friend catch the sail today. We caught a king fish while trolling for wahoo and a few vermillon snapper a bit later but the highlight of our morning half was running in on a bait shower were 4 sails were eating baits, getting one hooked up and getting a picture with it a bit later. Fun, fun!!
It was very pleasant today with fairly light winds so I was a little surprised when Jim's wife was not feeling well just an hour or so into what was supposed to be a 3/4 day. Fortunately we found some mahi on our way to the hump and a few tunas once we got there before we had to turn and head home on a half day. Just one of those things, some days it happens.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures