We fished Kristy, Derek and their boys a couple week after the keys opened back up last year, had a great time with them and today they were back to do it again. The yellowtails were a perfect place to start the day with Lucas and Thomas catching over 20 tails in a short time. We spent some time trolling for the wahoos but eventually ended up in the deep water losing some vermillons to the cudas but also getting some nice ones through the gauntlet. Derek is talking about coming back this summer and we hope it works out, these little guys are great.
Every day is different in this business and today was no exception. Once again we started with the snapper, planning to catch enough for dinner and after that trolling for the wahoos.
We watched the sailfish shower the bait almost continually while we were yellowtailing and once we had over a dozen nice snapper we pulled the anchor started chasing the showers. As quickly as we caught one fish there was another opportunity. We caught three fish in less than an hour, one for dad John, one for his son Ben and last but not least, one for Riley. Awesome morning.
We did finally troll for the wahoos and after that we put out our live speedos to see if there were any big fish around but we had no bites and we were more than happy with our day already so Lisa and John decided to call it and we headed for the marina.
We came back early as one of our patrons was really not feeling well and we were worried about him. Needless to say, once he had the dock under his feet he was all smiles. The tails did not bite as well as yesterday in the morning or on our afternoon trip. Tomorrow we have a full day which will give us a lot more options to improve our catch.
Kylie, Adam and their two sons wanted fish they could put in the freezer and on a half day you hope you make the right move from the start so you can try meet their desires. Today we went to the right place first. They caught almost 40 snapper in a few hours and went home happy. Another quality family just enjoying their lives that we got to fish with for a few hours.
Doug had fished with us back in 2017 and he, his wife and two sons finally returned to fish with us this evening. The first shark we saw was a massive bull shark that showed himself when he was first hooked for just long enough to see his size and to i.d, him, we did not catch him.
Later after that excitement had died down everyone got a chance to catch at least one shark with a few missed opportunities along the way. Another good and fun family we hope to see again soon.
I almost left the hump because we were losing fish and tackle to the shark but decided to make one more drop after we had caught a few tunas. We got the next few vermillon snapper, lost a couple more, caught a few more and so on until we had close to 30 silk and vermillon snapper to put up on the hooks.
Ron's folks really enjoyed the dropping and with the exception of losing a big wahoo on the way out it was a great catching and weather day. See you all again soon.
We went from an absolutely beautiful day yesterday to 20 knots of wind out of the south (my least favorite direction) today. Paul, Tiffany, Jessie, Jacqueline, Jack and Sarah kept there smiles throughout most of the morning even though the fishing was difficult. We did catch a few yellowtails but I couldn't keep my anchor in place which didn't help that bite and it ended quickly. After getting off the anchor I saw some frigate birds offshore and found a handful of mahi under them. The gang decided to make it a half day and they were all smiles once we got to the dock (Tiffany never lost hers). They will be back in February looking for a better weather day.
The sailfish bite was pretty good but Young was only interested in what they could eat so we started were we left off yesterday with the yellowtail snapper. The wind had come around to the north and the current was to the north and I quickly became disappointed with the lack of cooperation by the snapper and it became obvious we had to move on.
The deep water treated us OK although we covered a lot of miles to put together a decent catch. Dexter and Douglass did great while their dad looked on and helped make sure they followed Dave's directions. Young and his boys will be back next year to do it again and hopefully we will have as beautiful a day as we had today for them.
Pati and I were headed home after our morning fishing expedition when this group came up to Dave at the dock and said they wanted to go fishing. Dave let me know the situation, said he had a mate lined up to fish in the afternoon and off they went. An hour or so ago he sent me this picture of a great catch of yellowtail snapper they had put together this afternoon. Nice job Dave!
I actually said as we got to the reef "we were going back home" this morning as there were storms around and the waves were way more then I thought my crew could handle. Fortunately we stayed and the fish cooperated. In the two hours we fished Chris, Pam and Steve were able to put 30 yellowtails in the boat and at that point (although seas were getting much nicer) we decided to head in. Great Job everyone!! Take your seasick pills next time Riley Rose.
What started as a full day turned into a half day as Jack "the younger" was not doing well almost from the start of our day. He didn't complain but Andy and Jen decided he wasn't going to recover without firm land under his feet and we headed in after a few hours but not before Andy had caught our limit of 30 yellowtail snapper. Andy will be back, not sure we will see jack again.
We started with a half day and the yellowtails were biting well so we changed it! Bill wanted to try the deep for the silk snapper which would have been a great idea except that the sharks had moved in to those spots and they made it impossible to get much off the bottom. We still caught a few but not like yesterday. This group will be back on the KK next year to do it bigger and better in that new year.
We kept Robert, Jim, mike and Bob busy today with the snapper fishing. We wahoo fished for the first hour or so but I guess I don't have the same magic touch as captain Dave because we never had a bite so we switched gears and sat down to yellowtail fish. We caught a dozen snapper in the clear shallow water then headed out to the deep where we caught a bunch of silk snapper and assorted other species. A good time was had by all once again. Thanks Guys!
Jeremy caught a nice wahoo today on the KK with captain Dave at the helm and Joe "Boxcar"in the pit. They sailfished for a while after that but Dave said there wasn't much activity and he decided to snapper fish. The yellowtails bit well for them and although I didn't get a count, from what I saw, they were nice size fish and it looked like they had around 15 to 20. Nice Job today Dave!
Pati brought the cupcakes and balloons so Joe could celebrate his birthday one more time before headed back to New Jersey tomorrow. CP and Joe had a good day on the water once again as we caught a couple mahi on the way to the deep drop spots and did OK with the snappers once we got there. See you next month CP!
Not as good as yesterday but we did catch two of my very favorite fish to eat, scamp grouper. Caught silk, vermillon and mutton snappers as we did yesterday but they mostly smaller fish than yesterday. Caught a couple really nice almaco jacks (out of season and returned to the ocean) and had the sharks eat some good bottom fish before we could see them, so there was potential to have an outstanding catch again today.
The guys had a great time and we had really enjoyed their company. I'm sure we will see them in the near future.
For some reason Joe didn't want to fish on his birthday (which is Saturday) so today was an early celebration of that coming event. CP and Joe did a fine job today, amassing their limit of yellowtail, mutton and silk snapper, as well as their limit of vermillon snapper on an absolutely beautiful day to be out on the water. The two of them will return on Sunday to see if they can make it an even more awesome day than today. See you then Guys!
Jamie told me when she got on the boat that she wasn't interested in yellowtail but she really wanted to catch a mutton snapper. First fish we caught after the bait patch was this big mutton, we could not have scripted it better.
With the east wind there were a few mahi around and we caught five out of the six that found us, Caught another smaller mutton and some king and cero mackerels to round out the rack.. Dan and Jamie were more than happy with their day and will be back next summer when the mahi show.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures