Finally got a halfway decent weather day today, although a couple hours in we got to experience a rarity in the keys, fog! It stuck around for a hour and then was gonebut it wasn't until noon that the sun really came out.
Our morning was good with Matt and his boys catching 20 yellowtails in fairly quick order, after which we went searching again for that elusive sail but once again to no avail.
The afternoon trip was slow, with the current gone the snapper did not want to come up very high and although we had some good fished hooked up on the patch reefs we were not able to get them to the boat. We did catch plenty for dinner and our youngsters had a great time with the yellowtais and runners in the shallow water so it was still good fun.
No pictures from the dreary morning trip we had, where it rained for almost all the 4 hours we were out there. We sailfished but never saw one, we did catch a nice blackfin tuna of which half got eaten, not by a shark but by our clients who had the wasabi and soy sauce out before the tuna stopped wiggling.
The afternoon started rainy but soon the sun came out and our new friends from France got to catch a bunch of yellowtails when the current started up and made them cooperate. They are headed to a local restaurant this evening to have them cooked up and looking forward to a great meal.
We had Chris and Chad Kalis onboard today, on a not so calm day with seas running in the 5 to 6 ft range for most of the day. Both these guys did great in the morning catching over 25 yellowtail snapper and then in the afternoon Chris hooked up this sailfish.
I saw there was something amiss with this fish before it even ate our ballyhoo. He had something white around his head and it turned out to be a ring of plastic (possibly from a bucket lid) that he had swam through and it probably would have killed him if he hadn't gotten caught by us. We got him along side the boat, removed the ring and sent him on his way to fight another day.
The evening out in Whale Harbor Channel was slow for most of the evening with a few missed opportunities and not much else but in the last 10 minutes we hooked up two big blacktip sharks and got the adrenaline pumping in both of the two boys we had onboard. We caught one and pulled the hook on the other for another successful evening in the channel.
This is the 4th year that Denny and Marsha have fished with us and to set the record straight, I have never abused Denny on my fishing report for their day on the KK. Just because his sailfish got away after a very short fight does not mean that I am finding fault with his angling expertise, these things just happen. All kidding aside we always look forward to fishing with Denny and Marsha and the friends they bring with them, it is such a pleasure having them on board.
We caught the yellowtails on the reef early in the day even with a lack of current and later while bouncing the bottom caught 5 mutton snapper (2 legal), a couple kings and a grouper. Tried the hump but just caught one tuna and an AJ off the bottom. Came back to the reef and that is where we had the sail on for that moment.
Marsha has already secured next Christmas eve day for another trip on the KK and we will see them then.
What a miserable few days we have had, with lots of wind and rain, not typical keys weather at all. Today we finally got a reprieve, we did have some residual swells still coming in from the southeast but conditions were much better than they have been out on the reef.
Caught the yellowtails to start, along with a few kings, did some bottom bouncing and caught a cobia, grouper and some undersized muttons. Stopped at a vermillon spot but they were small so we just took a few, missed a bunch of fish and the sharks ate some good ones but overall a good day.
Jerry is a RV salesman so I thought the title appropriate. We went 1 for 3 with the 1st sailfish up and jumping before it even came out of the pin (didn't get that one) and later we had two fish come up and lost the first one to the second fish. Plenty of kings to keep Jerry busy and a couple mutton snappers for dinner made for a fine day on the water.
You think getting a new phone would be simple and transferring everything over to it would be seamless, it's not!. I'm finally back to where things work close to where they should and I can post the pictures we took last week.
Al, Dave, Mitch and Ken came down from The Villages to fish with us and had a great time. The first day we caught a couple mahi at the Islamorada, watched the cudas eat our blackfin tunas there also, came back to the reef, caught a nice bunch of yellowtail snapper and finish off the day catching a sailfish.
The second day we did the snapper thing again and sailfished but did not seen one on the short day. Dave and I really enjoyed these guys and look forward to fishing with them again soon.
The sharks crushed us today, eating all of our vermillon snapper except the first big one and additionally the tunas did not cooperate .The reef was also frustrating with the current into the wind as we tried the yellowtails and not a whole lot on the bottom in the deeper water except a couple mutton snapper and a few jacks. CP and Joe had a great first day and we had plenty for dinner on the second day, most importantly a great time was had by all! See you in a few weeks guys.
Once again we had the dynamic duo, CP and Joe on board the KKIV to enjoy the day and kill some fish. We succeeded well at both endeavors catching 4 big blackfin tunas , a bunch of smaller blackfins and our limit of yellowtail snapper. We tried the bottom at the hump but there was just a little too much current and predators were aggressive so we had move on back to the reef to catch the tails.
Nice day guys ,we look forward to doing it again on Sunday.
Mitch wouldn't shake my hand today but I was glad he wouldn't, he didn't want to pass on a nasty cold to me or anyone else for that matter. With Mitch on the sidelines, Mitch's wife Sue did a great job and was our top angler catching most of the 2 dozen yellowtail snapper and the blackfin tuna. The other half of our split Heath, did well on the large mutton snapper and just OK on the yellowtails but a good time was had by all and it was beautiful day here with a high around 79 and lots of sun.
I was open today but I got a call last evening from Jim and he said he only had time for a half day but would love to catch some tunas if possible. I was hoping the big tunas would bite as they have been the last few days but unfortunately we could only catch the feather tuna today but fortunately there were plenty of them!
I saw the bag with the red hats when we got on the boat but wasn't sure what that was about until Jim asked me to stop on the way home so they could take some pictures for their 2019 Christmas Card. Good looking Crew Jim, have a great Christmas and New Year!
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures