Todd and his crew got in on a really good bite of snapper today and his son Austin was our angler of the day. Between Austin's mom and him i believe they accounted for 90% of the 40 snapper we caught. All three boys did get in on catching the 125 lb bull shark .
Twenty=seven miles, we found one school of heavy lifters and gaffers and I was happy to find those as a lot of boats didn't find this many. We did catch a couple while trolling and left a few that wouldn't eat but other then lots of undersized fish we caught what we saw. Rick and his crew had a good time as the day was absolutely gorgeous and they had plenty of fish to take home.
Naomi, Sam and Steve fished the afternoon with us and as you can see they really get into their fish. We had a great time with the two little guys, catching fish thru the afternoon until a thunderstorm came in with a unbelievable amount of lightening and we had to head in. The guys loved the storm and wanted to go back into it again after we finally got away from it, not something the captain was willing or going to do.
Al and his group are here for his son's wedding and they decided to charter four boats and take the guys out for a half day. There was of course a friendly wager on most fish and largest fish and although we didn't catch anything large we did end the morning with a pile of nice mangrove and yellowtail snapper to take the "most" prize.
The wind is down and the mahi are biting, it doesn't get any better. The last few days have not shown a whole lot in the mahi department and I warned Richard and his buds that it might be a slow day on the mahi but any day can be that day it turns around and today it did.
Our good friends from the UK Bev, Paula, Toby and Rubin met Adam and his family last year (also from the UK) and suggested going out with us. Last year they were not able to, but they did this year and last night was that night. We had a great time catching sharks and Noah had one on that we could not stop so he now has a great story of the one that got away.
Steve, Mike, Dave and Lori pick a great day for the yellowtail snapper, nice size fish and almost perfect conditions made for a fast bite as we caught over 30 in a couple hours. Towards the end Dave got to catch one of the bull sharks that had been harassing us and our yellowtail all morning.
Chris, Alana, Jake and the rest of the crew had another successful outing with us today. They fish us at least once a year and good or bad we always have a great time. We ended up with 17 mahi and a blackfin tuna, saw a few more legals that we jumped off and a bunch of undersized fish that we let go.
These three were game to try today, even though I prewarned them that it was going to be rough. Stella and Mason did have game, Tucker not so much. We came in early and spent an hour or so in the channel to see if the sharks would bite but that did not happen.
We fished with Sam and his grandson Jack the other day but had to return early as Jack was not feeling well, after weeks of light wind the wind has come back and Jack was on board for it's return much to his dismay. Today we stayed on the reef and caught our limit of snapper and finished the short day with this large bull shark. Jack was in much better spirits although a bit sleepy from the motion sickness pills.
We don't usually see a lot of bull sharks in th e channel in the summer months, today was an exception. Set up for the tarpon bit when the 1st bull bit we were fortunate to stop him on 80 lb mono leader, not so fortunate when the 125 lb bull sharks kept eating our tarpon baits, screaming drags with almost no hope of slowing them down let alone stopping them. We still had a great time and for Jack and his grandfather Sam it was their introduction to whale harbor channel fishing and keys fishing in general. Pretty Crazy!
Our Norwegian friends probably were not sure want to expect on their half day charter as it was their 1st time to the keys and for a couple, their fish fishing experience. It doesn't get much easier then it was today as we caught our forty snapper and two big bull sharks. Our folks are going to have some tales to tell when they get back home.
Jake and his family wanted some mahi and tuna and I was a little hesitant to agree as they could only do a 3/4 day. I shouldn't have worried as we ended up with a dozen nice mah, a half dozen tunas and some really happy folks. The rain was pretty intense this morning as we came off the reef but no one in our group was too concerned and once we got through the rain the skies started to clear.
Went 2 for 3 on the tarpon last evening with Kristen and her friends and her boys. We also caught 6 sharks while waiting for the tarpon bites and got entertained by all the jet skiers passing in whale harbor. channel
After catching some mahi out in the deep Jeff was hoping to feel better in the calmer water back on the reef so in we went. It all worked out as we caught some nice mangroves and Jake got to catch this big bull shark as an added bonus.
Today we didn't find any packs of those nice fat schoolies that we have been catching but we caught 20 and BJ said that was enough for them and could we catch some snapper. The mangroves were biting better then the yellowtails, so we caught a dozen of them and headed for the marina.
Yesterday the mahi fishing was difficult so when Margaret and her family told me they really wanted mahi, I was a little apprehensive about how the day would go. I shouldn't have worried as we caught a couple tuna to start and then found a bamboo log with some really nice fish and by mid morning we had a dozen fish. It even got easier then that as I followed a weed line and found a lot more mahi, some small but some nice ones too. We ended up with two dozen fish and some really happy folks on a short day.
We caught one tarpon tonight and we missed a few others (as I missed this tarpon jump) and Jack and Nate had another great trip on the KK to talk and relive as they head back to NJ on Thursday. Really enjoyed spending time with Jack and his sons and we look forward to fishing with them again in the future.
They wanted to stay on the reef today and it was a good choice as the wind came up and the seas got rough for a good part of the day. It didn't stop the fish from biting though as we caught our limit of snapper, three tunas, two very large bull sharks and assorted other species. Dad and his boys could not be happier with their two days on the KK and all we need now is a couple tarpon tomorrow night to complete the package.
Michael looks at the bull shark he caught while his brother Robert look on in amazement today as we hooked up another one. We caught the yellowtail well earlier in the day after returning from the hump with some tunas and with the boys looking for something large to brag about when they returned to Oklahoma City, this 200 lb bull fit the ticket nicely.
Bev had the rod when the tarpon bit and he handed it off to Rubin for him to catch. Half an hour later and some heart stopping close calls with boat traffic Rubin was able to get his 1st tarpon up next to the boat for the official catch. His brother Toby was cheering him on the whole time reminding him that just because Rubin's tarpon was bigger than any Toby had caught it was OK because it is numbers not size that is important. What a great family that we have been fortunate to get to know and fish with. They go back to the UK on Monday and will return next year to fish again.
With the mahi out 18 miles it was find them quick once you are there or you may not find them at all on a short day. We did find some but it was a long way out and back with not much in between. Jack, Jack Jr and Nate did a good job on the ones we did find and we look forward to fishing with them again on Monday for their next charter.
Mike called me a few days ago and wanted and off shore trip, the only day I had available was todat and I already had the morning booked so I told him we could do a 3/4 but no promises because I really don't like doing mahi trips on short days. It took us a little while and some serious searching but we did limit out with Mike, his oldest son Mike and his other son Aden.