Caught a mutton on the bait patch but after that we struggled with the dirty water and lots of weed where we wanted to fish. Denny, Marsha, Needa and Greg hung in there until we finally found a spot where the big yellowtails were biting, and we ended up with a really nice catch and plenty to take home. Just before they left the boat, Denny made sure to again reserve next Christmas eve day for their return trip next year.
Jay has been able to cross a few things of his bucket list over the last couple months and today we crossed of another one. Jay caught his first sailfish and not to be outdone his dad caught his first sailfish also!! Both fish put on great shows, getting up on top of the water and doing all the things sails do to try to shake that hook. Great bites and great fun,
I corresponded with Soraya off and on for a week or so until I finally got a commitment to do a 3/4 day leaving late in the morning. We had a some communication problems at times (my spanish is pretty limited) but managed to make it through the day , putting together a really nice catch of mahi, kings, snapper and the last fish of the day, a sailfish.
Mitch and his wife had a banner morning with the blackfin tuna and sailfish. We took a chance and went to the hump where we were one of the fortunate few to get the tunas to bite and then returned to the reef where we caught the mutton and one out of two sails. These newlyweds are expecting their 1st baby in a few months and we wish them all the best with that new addition.
Steve, Chris and Devin are tree guys from NY and were getting a little concerned yesterday when they started to get reports of snow falling at home (they are also involved with snow removal). Fortunately it was not much snow and we did get to catch a bunch of fish with them yesterday including mahi, tuna, bonitas, kingfish, yellowtail and mutton snapper. We really enjoyed fishing with them and look forward to doing it again soon
CP and Joe returned for another trip on the KK today and as usual we had a great time with them. I hadn't been to the hump in a few days so we loaded up with bait and ventured, out but the tunas did not cooperate very well and we ended up back on the reef catching yellowtails. Once we had a dozen or so Dave put the kite up and we spent the rest of the day looking for that sailfish. A window shopper on the ballyhoo was followed by an eater on the google eye but a foot shy of the release the leader wore through and we couldn't claim a catch. Thanks CP and Joe, see you again Tuesday.
We spent a lot of time looking for a sail today and caught a smorgasbord of fish while we waited. Big bonitas, a tuna, yellowtail and vermillon snapper, kingfish and a bunch of jacks all ended up in the fishbox and a few went to feed Kim and her friend at the end of the day.
It just kept getting colder this morning as our 2nd cold front passed through the keys today. Green water and current into the wind didn't help the bite but just when I was thought there would be no saving this day, a sailfish ate our right rigger. We caught him and headed home, happy with both occurrences.
Greg was high bidder on a trip we donated to the fight to find a cure for melanoma (in memory of Pati's niece Tara Miller) and today was that trip. A little rough today but we did catch 20 yellowtails and of course fed a few to the sharks.
Didn't take long to catch our first sail after getting back in the water yesterday morning. We splash the KK at 7 am, ran around, picked up our clients and a couple hours later Daulson caught his 1st sailfish. Caught a bunch of kingfish to go with our mahi and tuna and kept everyone busy through out the day.
Mark, Krista, Joolz and Jeff fished a 3/4 with us yesterday catching some really nice kingfish, tunas and muttons. We also caught at least a dozen cobia , unfortunately they were not of legal size but after catching that 51 pounder a couple days ago we know that there are some legal one around, just a mater of getting in front of one.
Mattew and his sister Kristal hold up the two biggest fish we caught today, the mutton snapper was on their “catch” list for today so I was glad when the snapper ate a bait that was intended for a sailfish. We also caught tuna, yellowtail, the margate and a number of jacks on our short day.
We started with the tunas which bit very well and with not a bad shark problem we caught over a dozen and then headed back to the reef to see what we could find there. Dave was just getting the first bait up in the kite when the cobia ate. Toolly had no previous fishing experience before getting on the KK but he did a great job of fighting the fish and Dave did an excellent job of getting the fish into the boat. Cash (our youngster today) also did well, catching the largest and most tunas, gaining a lot a experience at live baiting tunas at the Islamorada hump.
Our new Scottish friends were kept really busy this day as the kingfish were biting, along with the snapper, sharks and bonitas. We had a little problem with an engine which shortened the day for us but a good time was had by all and I found I can put the KK in that slip on one engine.
Last day for Mike before heading back to South Carolina and we decided to go a little farther off shore today. The tunas were biting in the 200 to 300 ft depth and again when we got to the hump and started throwing live baits. The verms did not bite well today but Mike had plenty of tuna to take back with him and we look forward to seeing him and his family next June or July.
I thought I was going to have to take a day off today but a call from another captain put me in touch with Mike who was in touch with Chris and his son and then we were booked. Conditions were not great for yellowtailing but we were able to catch over a dozen of them along with some kingfish, bonitas, a yellow jack and 3 legal muttons. Chris was the blue runner king but he did manage to catch a couple of the yellowtail. Fun day with this group and Mike is going out with us again tomorrow.
Yesterday was Preston's birthday and all he wanted for it was a fishing trip, We took him, his two brothers, dad and mom out for a half day on the reef and kept him busy with yellowtail, mackerel, bonita and one big bullshark to top it off. We had one very satisfied birthday boy at the end of our trip for sure!
Started a little tough with the sharks making up for yesterday and not letting us get hardly any yellowtail snapper to the boat. I finally had enough and went out to 200 ft where we started catching a few bottom fish and then mahi showed up along with that nice kingfish. At that point everything starting working out well, as the jacks and fat vermillon snapper were biting and we ended up with a really nice catch of fish by the end of the day.
It didn't take long for these guys to put together a great catch of yellowtails this morning. but then Cave is a bit of a ringer since he spent several years in the cockpit of the KKIV. Caveman and his lady are in the keys visiting their old pals and doing a little fishing while here.
Almost perfect conditions today for our half day of snapper fishing. Once again the ladies caught most of the fish as we put 20 tails in the boat along with a few kingfish and one legal mutton out of several that we got to the boat.