What a nice day to end this year with Richard, Jen, Ben and Tank. We caught the sail early and then sat down for the yellowtail snapper. Not much current but we managed to catch a dozen and a half before going out deeper to once again bounce the bottom. Caught our last grouper of the year, got schooled by a couple big fish, caught a mutton and a few kings. What a nice way to end the year!
Had a great evening shark fishing with Tom, Beth and their 3 boys. I have never caught a lemon shark in the channel but we caught one tonight, along with a bull shark and 6 or 7 nurses. They were pretty happy with the action this evening and Christian will sleep well tonight!
Very similar to yesterday without the extra time of a full day. We caught our sail out of the kite and a big blackfin tuna, then went out and did a little bottom bouncing. Caught 3 undersized groupers, two legal groupers, porgies, kings and had a big shark on for a while. Dave and his family were going to take their fish to one of the local restaurants and have them cook it up for them. More satisfied costumers!
Dillon caught his first sailfish with us today and made his dad proud. We struggled after catching the sail and around 11:00 I asked Jeremy if he wanted to keep it a 3/4 or make it a full day. He said they weren't quitters and said they would do a full day. I'm glad he did because after that we ended up catching 3 groupers, 3 muttons and had another shot at a sail. Dillon caught a huge barracuda along with other fish, so it all worked out.
Denny just wanted to catch grouper and while I did explain that the grouper we have caught recently have been undersized or just legal, Denny still wanted to try. I'm glad he did as we caught this 20 lb black and two really nice mutton snapper while we were grouper trolling. We started the half day catching yellowtail, caught around a dozen and then went looking for that grouper. Marsha caught the big mutton and Denny caught the grouper. Nice job guys!
Sean caught both sails today while his wife cheered him on. The 1st fish ate while we were still putting out our spread, the 2nd sail took a little longer but we caught that one off the kite. John wanted a few eating fish after the morning sail excitement so we sat down, caught a few yellowtails, and later a grouper, mutton and kingfish. Not a bad morning of fishing!
Ariana helped catch this 25 lb barracuda and she was understandable impressed with those teeth.
What a great time we had with this family today. Alex already knows most of the fish species, Tyler just tried to keep up with his cousin in most fish caught and Ariana was a trooper helping catch the barracuda but not feeling great for part of the trip. Jessica (mom/aunt) even managed to get a turn catching a few yellowtail when she could talk the boys into it. Great family and good memories.
We have had so many perfect fishing days in the last week or so, just need a few more people down here to help us get out and enjoy them. We had Lauren, Jackson and their father Mike on board for a short day of sail and snapper fishing. We had a couple opportunities at sails but didn't connect so we ended up catching some nice yellowtails and a black grouper along with assorted other species.
Fortunately Justine and the wedding party were here a few days before this cold front hit so everyone enjoying the warmth. We stopped, yellowtailed and could have caught as many as we wanted but they were not the big ones so we moved on. The vermillons were very nice and bit well along with jacks, bonitos, margates and one mutton. Fun for all and plenty of fish to feed 10 hungry folks.