Although Lynn's husband did get in the picture, he isn't as enthused about fishing as Lynn and her two boys but that's okay, their enthusiasm more then made up for his lack of in that area.
They tried the hump but the tunas were not biting well so Dave brought them back to the reef where the yellowtail snapper bite was on fire and they were able to catch there limit in a couple hours. This is Lynn's second trip with us and we look forward to many more.
Jack, Kate and Catherine were our guest today as we headed out early to avoid some of the boat traffic I was anticipating on this holiday weekend. As it turned out that traffic was light, probably due to the higher winds today and early morning rain.
Took a while to get our tunas, the sharks were aggressive and we had a bit of bad luck pulling the hooks on at least five blackfins before finally catching our ten. After leaving the hump we got lucky with some debris and weed patches that held a dozen or so mahi, most of which were legal.
Our folks will be back and we had an enjoyable time fishing with them.
We started slow at the Islamorada hump, not catching a tuna and I almost headed back to the reef to catch snapper but then I saw some birds. A long way off and moving fast, I was pretty sure they were tunas, we got rewarded when we finally got there catching a triple on the first pass. I found other birds and we kept catching till we had our limit then headed in to the reef where the sharks ate two nice mutton snappers to finish off our day.
A little more wind yesterday for Eric's group but they are all seasoned sailors and it wasn't a problem for them. It was a pick of tunas and it took a big part of the morning to catch our limit but we finally had what we needed. Caught one mahi on the way home and that was our catch for the short day.
Dave started with the tunas which continue to bite well and then went looking for the elusive mahi mahi. No mahi were found so Dave came back to the reef , tried a few deeper spots but ended up at Davis reef where they caught a number of fat yellowtail snapper. Cory and his bud had a great time and are planning another trip for October.
Today is Bill's 63rd birthday and he took his lady out for a day of fishing to celebrate. Captain Dave (back from vacation) took the couple out to look for the mahi and tuna on another beautiful day in the Florida Keys.
Bill is another of our regulars that call periodically and book a trip once or twice a yea., We are so fortunately to have so many good folks that return year after year. Thank you all, happy birthday Bill!
Timing is everything it is said, unfortunately testing positive for covid two days after Dave left for vacation last week was not good timing for our business. I ended up giving all my bookings away as Pati and I suffered through quite a few days feeling really lousy, but survive we did and today finally, I had my first day back on the water with James and his buds
The James gang had to wind hard but did well considering, losing only 3 blackfins to the man eaters at the hump. We looked around for the mahi but not finding any we did some deep dropping , catching a few vermillons, jacks and one really nice red snapper. Beautiful weather and I appreciated being able to enjoy it.
The blackfin and skipjack tunas are biting well out around the Islamorada hump and the Vermillon snappers bit in the shallow water. Brandon, Mayra and their friends were looking for fish to put in the freezer and they got all they needed today. Brandon told me he had found his boat and would be back, that's exactly what we want to hear from our customers, especially the new ones.
Melissa called me and wanted to fish but she was looking for someone to share the cost for a longer day. Andy and his son Alex called me that same day looking for a split and therefore it all came together quickly.
Andy and Alex are from the UK and it's great to have our friends from overseas showing up again. Dave and Mitch did well with the tunas and vermillon snapper and so their was plenty for dinners and plenty for Melissa to take back to Lauderdale
Nancy, Mike, Jason, Martina, Charlie and Jack had another great day on the KK. The yellowtails bit well to start, they caught close to thirty and then it was on to the vermillon snapper spot. Once again the sharks took a few and that seemed to satisfied them, from then on Charlie and Jack were the button pushers and put close to twenty fat pink ones in the boat.
Fairly rough again today but everyone came through with their colors flying high.
It was blowing this morning and I wasn't sure that captain Dave was going to get Robert and his group out today but he did and they ended up with a great catch once again. The sharks backed off long enough for Dave to put 20 fat vermillons in the box and followed that up with a trip to the hump were they were able to beat the sharks, putting 10 blackfin tunas in the box along with a lonely mahi.
This is the first year in many years that I was able to go lobstering with my wife in the mini season and we did well enough to have friends over this evening for fresh grill lobster.
After the great day Dave had with the snappers on Sunday the sharks took over that spot yesterday and it was impossible to get a vermillon to the top before they got eaten. Dave was able to catch some yellowtail snapper and an almaco jack along with various other scallywags. Nate joined a select group of youngsters completing his remora challenge and being rewarded with red mark shaped like the sneaker sole (no animals were harmed in this challenge).
Dave found the big vermillon snapper today, something we haven't seen in a few months and he put up a beautiful rack of fish. The sharks are still at our good yellowtail spots but it seems that depending on how many boats are there with you, you may put together a decent catch if the sharks targets your neighbor's fish.
Dave caught a dozen yellowtail along with the verms, tried to do a few other things, caught one red snapper and that was his day. Chad and his group had a great time and are fishing tomorrow with other good captain out of whale.
A bit rough on Friday for folks but they are freight handlers and a little wind doesn't slow them down. Mahi fishing was once again somewhat slow but they did catch a few along with a couple tunas. The sharks were brutal on the reef spots eating most of what was hooked up but they were able to catch a few toward the end of the day.
Big Al decided to stay behind so it was just Jim's group with us today. Started with the tunas which bit fairly well, we ended up with nine, from there we went of in search of the elusive mahi mahi and were rewarded with one keeper and a couple throw backs. Headed to the reef where the grey snapper bit somewhat and the yellowtails bit better, unfortunately the sharks are back and they won't let us catch any after a point.
Last day for these guys, we had a good time with them and hope to see them again sometime in the future.
Jim Moran called me back in February to set up a few charters for him and his family. I had fished with Jim and his son numerous times on the Challenger and looked forward to doing so again on the KK. Jim has his sons and other extented family members down and we fished half days yesterday and today, introducing them to the fine art of yellowtail fishing as a starting place.
Big Al (previous owner of the Challenger) came along with Jim (long time friend) to keep the program on the right track and test some new lures he has acquired recently. Looking forward to the next couple days!
Good thing that Morgan and Jenifer didn't go today because around 9 a,m the sky turned black and the wind picked up to 30-35 mph. We were anchored catching snapper but I know Jason's wife Jenifer would have had us headed home once that storm hit, as it was, we stayed, caught our limit of snapper and headed off shore once things had quieted down. Caught 7 mahi out 14 miles or so, one over 17 lbs and chased a few others around. Jason and his family said they would be back next year to do it all over again. Looking forward to It!
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures