We do not get to keep red snapper very often when we do catch them but today , tomorrow and Sunday the season is open, We caught our limit of reds, along with 12 mangroves, a couple muttons and 6 almacco jacks, Great fun with Ray's family and hope to see them back here in the winter.
John let everyone else catch fish two days ago because he had his heart set on catching a swordfish. Today was his day when on the third drop we hooked up this 100 lb swordfish and the battle was on. The battle lasted about 40 minutes but in the end the fish was in the boat and John was as excited as anyone could be. Dave and Foster did a great job of hooking him up and sticking him once he was along side the boat. Thanks guys and congratulations John!!
We had birthday folks and a couple firemen from Miami Dade today for half day on the reef. the mangroves are getting better each day and everyone got to catch one or two. Tried the yellowtails after the mangroves shut down and although they were up and looked like they would eat we only caught a few. Really good time with these folks and we thank them for there service.
We decided not to go mahi fishing today for a couple reason, one the mahi fishing has been slow , two this was the girls day and they wanted more action than we may have seen looking for mahi. We caught the big grey snapper early and then went to the hump were we caught our vermillon, blackfin and yelloweye snapper and added to those fish with a rudderfish and an almacco jack. John and the boys are going out with us again on Wednesday to see how are luck is with the swordfish.
Looked hard once again for the mahi today and we found lots of small ones along with a few legals. Ryan and his group had fished me 12 years ago and finally came back to us again and although the mahi were not great, the big vermillons were biting along wit blackfin snapper and almacco jacks.
Lots of complaints from other charter boats about the huge schools of small mahi around and there not being enough of the legal size ones to catch. We were fortunate in that we found a decent school early, caught a dozen and found a second school later to add another 4 or 5. The hump was good to us again, we caught the vermillon and blackfin snappers along with a couple almaco jacks and a scamp grouper. Jim and his family have had a lot of bad luck over the years with fishing and we were happy to finally turn things around for them.
We went right to the hump and started catching a few vermillon but more blackfin snapper than vermillons. Karsten, his son and his friend had to learn the deep drop technique and got pretty good at it after a few drops. Karsten caught the nice grouper and we added a margate and almacco jack to the list of caught fish a little while later. These species are some of the finest eating fish there are to be eaten here in the keys or anywhere for that matter..... enjoy folks see you next time !!
Slow start this morning with Derek, Christie and their two boys, that is not the way you want things to start with little people and short attention spans. We did finally catch some really nice mangrove snappers and later a few yellowtails but there was no current and very clean water, so from there we went out to a wreck, caught a couple kingfish, a cobia and managed to keep the boys busy till it was time to go back and pick up our second half.
Beth brought her two boys along on our charter to catch fish, and catch fish they did. We limited out on the mahi and then went to the hump where the big vermillon snapper were biting. Caught 10 of them and it was time to head home and start cleaning, A little warm today but flat calm and blue skies to keep everyone happy.
We had 20 mahi at 9 o'clock and 35 by 11 o'clock which made everyone very happy, including the captain. Caught a few more to make it 40 and then went into the hump where the yelloweye and vermillon snappers were biting. The current was very light and the predators were letting us get most of the snappers to the boat, nice to be able to fish the hump again without getting eaten up. Great family from Texas, Todd, Raquel, Lauren, Halley, Dillon and Grant, did a great job down there in the pit, kept things straight and listen well, that's all you can ask. See you next year folks!
The fishing was awesome tonight, we caught 4 out of 6 tarpon and i lost count of the number of sharks caught but the best part was Dave and I got to spend the evening with another terrific family. Tanner, Bennett and their dad Russ did the catching but Michelle (mom) was there to give moral support and Kendall (sister) enjoyed be topside and just observing . They hope to be back this December but if not then it will be next summer. Thanks folks.
Found some nice mahi although we never saw any above 10 lbs , that said Rusty's sons Tanner and Bennett still had a great time. They had never experienced mahi fishing before so the whole crazy intense schoolie war event was all new to them but they caught on quickly and were moving like seasoned pros after a couple schools. We do an evening trip with the whole family (including the ladies) tomorrow night.
We looked hard today and we were rewarded with some nicer fish. James caught the seventeen pounder but almost everyone got in the act and caught good fish with the exception of Bruce who was a little under the weather for most of the day. He left it up to James, Alan and Esh do the catching while Bruce had a inner body cleansing experience. A good time was had by almost everyone and we will see these guys again in the future, even Bruce.
The day didn't start well as Charlie let me know that Steve was not feeling well and was not coming along. Steve has had some serious medical issues and although he drove down and fully intended on going he just couldn't do so this morning. We headed out, got our bait and around 400 feet it got rough (as it's been the last two days), we caught a few fish under some birds and had a couple other encounters but then I got the word to head back. I know the guys were disappointed and so was I as these are my oldest return customers. As in years past they told me to schedule their annual trip again for next year. Next year will be better guys, see you then!
Talk about stress relief, having 20 fish in the box by 9:30 definitely takes a lot of the pressure off at the start of the day and the catching didn't stop there. We ended up with 40 mahi, no big ones but the way things have been I'm just very happy with legal fish. Last day for the OZ tournament and we enjoyed having them on the boat. Till next year guys!
While most of the other tournaments canceled due to the virus the OZ tournament was one of the few tournaments that did not. Today was the 1st day of this tournament and although we struggled for part of the day we were able to put together a nice catch of 30 fat schoolies by days end. Tomorrow is the 2nd and last day of the tournament and hopefully we will be able to find a big fish and when it like we did last year.
Short Day today and I felt the pressure, should have stayed out in 300 to 400 ft but decided to come back to the reef as I heard some good reports from there. Wrong, the water was crystal clear and they were not biting, fortunately we found some schoolies in 150 ft and became instant heroes. Can't be right every day!
After a really great day of snapper fishing with Dr Mike yesterday we went offshore for the mahi today and although the mahi fishing hasn't been great lately we found what we needed. It's CD's and Kirsten's last day with us before they head back to Texas so Kirsten made sure she got all her questions answered before they had to leave. Dave and I really enjoyed fishing with them and look forward to seeing them again sometime soon. We kept 14 mahi and a couple snapper. There were a lot of big schools of mahi, unfortunately most were too short but it is nice to at least find them. Dr Mike fishes with us one more time on Thursday and we will have to decide onshore or offshore on that day. Looking forward to it!
Today it was Dr Mike, his son Christopher and his wife Kirsten that put together a really nice catch of mangove, yellowtail and mutton snapper. We caught the mangroves first and than went over to the yellowtail spot, caught them until they stopped chewing and then moved on to a couple more spots to finish things up and caught the mutton snapper. The mahi bite sounded somewhat better today so tomorrow we are going out there once again with this group to try our luck in the deep woods.
Yesterday we took Harper and her parents Johanna and Blake out for a short trip to the reef to catch some yellowtail snapper. The snapper cooperated well enough that we had sufficient for several meals but the best part was that we also got to see shark suckers, bar jacks, filefish, blue parrot fish and ballyhoo. A good time was had by all and we look forward to fishing with Harper again sometime soon.
A very slow start on the mahi for us today, which always raises my stress levels . We caught four fish under some birds to start out but that was it for several hours until fortunately the big fish ate the rigger bait and we caught him. Not much happened after that until we were headed back to the reef , thinking able trying the yellowtail and in the relatively shallow water I found several sets of birds and we caught another 12 or so fish to add to our catch. Rick's grandson Kyle caught the 24 lb bull and that was definitely the highlight of the day for Rick as well as Dave and I. Rick is a frequent return customer that we really enjoy fishing with and we will see him and his son next month for another go at it.
We had a really nice day with David and his family catching 20 mahi and a couple skipjacks. We ran out to 15 miles and started fishing a weed line that was there and a large piece of debris got things started for us with 11 mahi. A set of birds pointed out a few more fish and the final few mahi caught came off some large weed patches and a wooden pallet that was near them. David is talking about coming back to fish for sailfish this winter and we our looking forward to seeing this great family again.