Chris caught his first sail this morning and his dad couldn't be prouder. We saw a few more fish that raised up but never got the baits and more in bait showers that didn't eat so it was an exciting morning. Did a little yellowtailing toward the end of our short day and caught enough for dinner for the guys. Nice to see that number of sailfish in a short period of time and I think this next cold front will make it even better
Fifty-two years of marriage and Andrea wanted to give her husband Rick a fishing trip for his 72nd birthday. The weather didn't cooperate as much as we hoped so Andrea had to do the heavy lifting (catch all the fish) because Rick's legs were not strong enough for the rough seas but Rick gave plenty of moral support to his wife. Andrea caught a couple nice mutton snappers on an inside patch along with some cero mackerel, we then moved a little deeper where the yellowtail snapper and jacks bit well. As the wind continued to build Rick and Andrea decided they had enough fish and we headed in. Looking forward to fishing with them again on a nicer weather day.
Still a little rocky out there but the current was with the wind today and it was much better then it could have been. Rob, Rob and Gianna toughed it out and we were busy most of the day with kings, yellowtails, bonitos. jacks and some undersized cobia. Tomorrow the weathermen promise us light winds and we are all looking forward to a day we don't have to hang on.
We struggled to find fish for a good part of the morning but the conditions changed and I found a spot where the yellowtails were hungry. We caught almost all of the snapper in an couple hours, fighting off a shark that was trying to eat every one but conditions were good and we got most of them by him. We had a great time with Tom and his team and I'm sure we will be seeing them again in the future. Thanks Folks!
Ryan called me this afternoon for an evening shark trip and while we had to hustle a bit to get bait and other stuff lined up we were able to get everything together in time for the 3:30 departure. Caught a bunch of the bottom dwelling type sharks early but right around dark the real toothy ones showed up. This 6 ft blacktip was the last shark that we caught tonight and he gave Ryan quite a ride, almost getting thru the bridge and getting around some of the buoys that mark the channel. A lot different than the walleye and pike Ryan is used to catching!
We only had a half day scheduled with Mike and the guys and it was looking like we were not going to get a shot at a sail today as the clock approached time over. Dave threw a few freebies out and suddenly we had sailfish in the spread. One sail ate two baits and so two of the guys got to claim catches, the other sail faded off but we did catch the first one and it was happy time!
Once again we were able to keep our folks busy even though the general consensus throughout the fleet was of a fairly slow day. The kings bit once again along with some cero mackerels, caught some yellowtails, another mahi (like yesterday's) and a number of undersized cobia. We fish this group again on Monday but just for a half day as they have a plane to catch that afternoon.
We kept Gretchen and Jeff busy again today, catching our limit of kingfish, yellowtail snapper and a nice fall dorado. Never saw a sailfish but the water is still off color out to 175 ft and the sailfishing will get better as the water cleans up. Jeff and Gretchen plan on bring their kids down next year to do it all over again. It's great to be out fishing again on a beautiful fall day!
After what seems like weeks of bad weather we are finally getting a break and my first trip back was an evening trip with Jeff and Gretchen. We caught a bunch of sharks to start but also got smoked by a couple big ones so we put out the big stuff and caught two decent lemon sharks before it was time to go. Gretchen and Jeff are out with us tomorrow looking for a sail and some eating fish.
Looks like all the boats weathered storm Eta just fine although I was second guessing myself yesterday and last night when some of those 60 mile an hour gust rolled through. Checked on the boat around 1 am and everything was riding nicely. Now we just need this wind to go away so we can get back out there and go fishing.