Today we spent most of our short day sailfishing in really large seas. The current was running at 2 knots or more into the wind and the wind came up over night, blowing at 20 knots plus, that made for some waves in the 6 io 8 ft range. Our group did fairly well, although our younger folks were not feeling the best but we were able to catch one sail out of a number that we hooked but didn't get.
Another strong group from the mid west as I really thought we would not be staying all day with this wind which was still producing fairly large waves. These guys proved me wrong and they stayed good the whole day long, catching everything we threw at them and then some. Kings, muttons and yellowtails along with some full grown bonitas kept everyone hopping.
Well the wind did come down some but it was still plenty rough, especially for our younger people today. Joe and Susan have fished me for many years, ever since their boat sank and the boat I was working on at the time happened by and we rescued them after they had spent 8 hours in the water. Great folks and we have really enjoyed our time fishing together over the years. Today was another mutton and yellowtail snapper day but we did catch possibly our last grouper of the year, a nice 10 pound black.
After doing a 3/4 day this morning, I took CP and his boys back out for a half day this afternoon. We tried the yellowtails but one thing lead to another and we ended catching five nice mutton snapper, ceros, mangroves and assorted other fish in the shallow water avoiding most of the really big waves. Tomorrow the weatherman promised us that the winds will be down to reasonable levels.... we'll see.
Didn't think we were going to get out today and once we did I didn't think we would stay but Terry and his group proved me wrong. It was rough but we caught 4 blackfin tuna over 25 lbs and missed a few more. We did see a sail but didn't connect and our group was really happy to be taking home fresh tuna for the barbie.
Caught a mutton on the bait patch but after that we struggled with the dirty water and lots of weed where we wanted to fish. Denny, Marsha, Needa and Greg hung in there until we finally found a spot where the big yellowtails were biting, and we ended up with a really nice catch and plenty to take home. Just before they left the boat, Denny made sure to again reserve next Christmas eve day for their return trip next year.
Jay has been able to cross a few things of his bucket list over the last couple months and today we crossed of another one. Jay caught his first sailfish and not to be outdone his dad caught his first sailfish also!! Both fish put on great shows, getting up on top of the water and doing all the things sails do to try to shake that hook. Great bites and great fun,
I corresponded with Soraya off and on for a week or so until I finally got a commitment to do a 3/4 day leaving late in the morning. We had a some communication problems at times (my spanish is pretty limited) but managed to make it through the day , putting together a really nice catch of mahi, kings, snapper and the last fish of the day, a sailfish.
Mitch and his wife had a banner morning with the blackfin tuna and sailfish. We took a chance and went to the hump where we were one of the fortunate few to get the tunas to bite and then returned to the reef where we caught the mutton and one out of two sails. These newlyweds are expecting their 1st baby in a few months and we wish them all the best with that new addition.
Steve, Chris and Devin are tree guys from NY and were getting a little concerned yesterday when they started to get reports of snow falling at home (they are also involved with snow removal). Fortunately it was not much snow and we did get to catch a bunch of fish with them yesterday including mahi, tuna, bonitas, kingfish, yellowtail and mutton snapper. We really enjoyed fishing with them and look forward to doing it again soon
CP and Joe returned for another trip on the KK today and as usual we had a great time with them. I hadn't been to the hump in a few days so we loaded up with bait and ventured, out but the tunas did not cooperate very well and we ended up back on the reef catching yellowtails. Once we had a dozen or so Dave put the kite up and we spent the rest of the day looking for that sailfish. A window shopper on the ballyhoo was followed by an eater on the google eye but a foot shy of the release the leader wore through and we couldn't claim a catch. Thanks CP and Joe, see you again Tuesday.
We spent a lot of time looking for a sail today and caught a smorgasbord of fish while we waited. Big bonitas, a tuna, yellowtail and vermillon snapper, kingfish and a bunch of jacks all ended up in the fishbox and a few went to feed Kim and her friend at the end of the day.
It just kept getting colder this morning as our 2nd cold front passed through the keys today. Green water and current into the wind didn't help the bite but just when I was thought there would be no saving this day, a sailfish ate our right rigger. We caught him and headed home, happy with both occurrences.
Greg was high bidder on a trip we donated to the fight to find a cure for melanoma (in memory of Pati's niece Tara Miller) and today was that trip. A little rough today but we did catch 20 yellowtails and of course fed a few to the sharks.
Didn't take long to catch our first sail after getting back in the water yesterday morning. We splash the KK at 7 am, ran around, picked up our clients and a couple hours later Daulson caught his 1st sailfish. Caught a bunch of kingfish to go with our mahi and tuna and kept everyone busy through out the day.