Our good friends and their family came down from central Florida to meet up with our family that is visiting from Louisiana and today we were going to take them all out for a half day of fishing but only Tiff and Niko were able to get up this morning to make the departure time.
Oh well, we had a great time with Tiff and Niko catching close to are limit of snapper along with some exciting moments with the big sharks that seem to be everywhere now.
Claudia called yesterday asking if we could take her granddaughters (Trinity and Giselle) out for a three quarter day this morning. With light winds and low chance of rain predicted, I passed them on to Dave and off they went this morning. The winds turned out to be a little more than was predicted and Dave had to shorten the day but not before putting a good bunch of snapper in the box.
John Slifer brought his guys down from Jersey to fish this past weekend. John is the owner of Landover Cooling Towers Inc that installs and services cooling towers for HVAC systems along with other applications that require towers. John has fished with us on numerous occasions in the past but this was the first time he brought his guys along to fish also.
Captain Dave tried fishing for a number of different species, that day, yellowtail snapper and mackerel being the most productive. Half the guys were on another boat that also did well on the snapper.
John will be back onboard the beginning of December (as lookout once again) just in case CP decides to go overboard for another swim.
Mike and his family got up close and personal with a big bull shark Friday evening out in Whale Harbor channel. We had put the evening off for a couple days as hurricane Nicole's winds were pretty strong before finally abating as Nicole moved farther north. They caught other sharks that evening but the highlight of the evening was this big bull.
A couple days ago it was sailfish and then yesterday Dave found mahi. It is that time of the year where there is a transition from summer to winter fishing so the mates don't know which season they will be in on any give day and have to be prepared both.
A bunch of nice fish for Mike and his guys. More of our folks which have returned year after year to fish with us. Thanks Mike.
Sailfish season has started. Dave tells me they were anchored down catching snapper while the sails were coming into the shallow water and pushing baits (showering) all around them. He decided he had to get off the anchor to see if they couldn't catch one and they did!
It looked like an absolutely gorgeous day out there and Dave said it doesn't get much pretter. This was Mitch's first sailfish but there will be many more for him this winter season.
Don has fished with us on a number of occasions but although I don't remember fishing with Brittany before but I'm sure she will be back to fish with us again also. Today Dave put them on some nice yellowtail snapper and mixed in a few good eating cero mackeral to go with them. Don showed up yesterday on a whim and wanted to fish, we just happened to have today open. Dave is fishing tomorrow and this week looks like perfect fishing weather.
Almost all of the refugee boats found are styrofoam or wood, the one Dave found the other day was metal, very unusual but definitely a safer way to try a crossing. No one onboard so we assume the coast guard rescued the folks the passengers.
Dave found close to ten mahi, some yellowtail snapper and a bunch of false albacores for Patrick and his son on a short but beautiful day.
I love catching a wahoo as the first fish of the day, it just seems like the day goes well after catching that special fish in the morning. As you can see it was early morning light with the sun just starting coming over the horizon, another beautiful sunrise.
Ray was our angler, he had met Dave yesterday on the dock and called me last evening to book the day with his family. The tunas did not bite so Dave ended back on the reef catching snapper and looking for a sail, no luck with the sail but plenty of tails for the pantry and the wahoo!
Brannon brought the boys down from Nashville to go fishing and it was pretty obvious they had spent time on the water before. Good anglers that put the hurt on the big yellowtail snappers on their half day at the reef, they had lots of fresh fish meals for the rest of their stay here in the keys and good memories to take back home.
Dave had another great day today as we had Jason and his company personel down for a day on the water. There were three boats and I although I didn't hear what the other boats did, they would have been hard pressed to have a better day then captain Dave.
Dave said he caught the mahi in relatively shallow water inside the hump, finding a few pieces of debris that produced all these fish and although the hump wasn't great for Dave, he returned to the reef and caught over a dozen nice yellowtail snapper at a couple different spots
Shout out to Mitch (our young mate from Delaware) who is getting that cast net throwing down. Our customers love him and he is improving his skills every day he fishes.
We dodged a bullet with Ian although a lot of our friends and clients live on the west coast of Florida and our prayers go out to those effected.
On Sunday Dave took Patrick, Lindsey, Will and the birthday boy JP out to catch some fish. Dave said the hump was not happening for tuna so the came back to the reef and caught snapper instead. A good time was had by all and they will see us again soon.
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.
This is Captain Don keeping you updated on our recent fishing adventures