The weather was great , our clients were great and the fishing was very good. what more could you ask for? It took a little finesse to get the yellowtails to bite but once we had them figured out we could have caught our limit, as it was we decided we had plenty and went on to something else. Jon wanted to try the kings and there was a good bite of them at the mako of which we caught five. The nice mutton and assorted other fish kept Jon , Jessie, MJ and Mike busy through out the rest of the day until it was time to head for home.
Frank caught the 2nd largest black grouper that I have ever caught on the KKIV. I caught a 52 lb black with Don Kalis (original owner of the KK) many years ago and today we had CP Kalis on board (Don's Son) with his friends Joe, Michael and Frank. Today's grouper was 46 lbs and we caught it while catching yellowtail snapper out at the reef. We limited out on the tails, caught a decent snowy grouper in the deep woods and a nice porgy to finish up the day. As always a fun time was had by everyone and we look forward to fishing with CP and his buds again soon.
A lot of boats went off shore today looking for the mahi and suffered. We decided to stay in once again and caught our limit of yellowtails, we did venture off to do a little deep dropping with good success on the porgies and caught a snowy grouper. Scott, Jo and Jeff had a great time but were a little unhappy with the weathermen as once again the got the wind speed wrong. They will be back!
The bite was better today and we got a bonus when a mahi swam up to the back of the boat while we were yellowtailing. Dave got a bait out there and i got to gaff him (I don't get many opportunities anymore). The tails were really nice size and everyone was happy with their 1/2 half day adventure.
I did not fish with Wayne Doyle and his guys yesterday due to a scheduling problem but it sound good from what I heard today. Today was not as good with a very strong current on the reef making fishing for grouper and yellowtail a challenge. We caught some yt and a very nice almaco jack and assorted odds and ends. We will see what tomorrow bring as we fish them once more.
Billy and his family had a very busy evening out with us today, catching shark after shark with most of the sharks small enough that the youngsters could handle them with just a little help. Even 5 year old Julia got into the fishing spirit catching the final shark of the evening.
Steve fought the 1st AJ till the sharks took over and ate through the line, Steve did better with the second one or perhaps only the small shark was still hungry as he took a chunk out of the back leaving the rest alone. We also caught our limit of snapper on a bite that was epic this morning. Thanks Steve and Jane, see you next year.
Repeat customers from Saturday, Liz shows her angling abilities while catching a shark last evening. We jumped two tarpon off and caught a bunch of sharks on other beautiful evening in Whale Harbor channel.
Marcus fished with us a couple weeks ago and it was very rough but Marcus and his brother decided to try it once again and they got it right, today was a perfect day with light winds and good fishing. After catching the tails they wanted to tug on something big and a 60 lb AJ fit the bill nicely.
We started with the tails, catching 20 under difficult conditions (no current) and before we left Meg caught this smaller mutton on 12 lb.test. It ate an oat ball on the bottom and that was nice piece of angling all by it's self. Dave got us some live ballyhoo with his cast net before we left the reef and we took them out to the 200 ft ledge, we didn't have many but it turn out we had enough. The first bites we got were the big mutton and the amberjack, Meg once again was the hero as this 18 lb mutton pop to the surface after a 20 minute battle, her dad caught the AJ and granddad caught the medium mutton a while later. We also caught a couple groupers and a couple kings before heading home. What an awesome day!!
Got a couple AJ's passed the sharks today and we also got to catch a big shark that decided to bite an AJ bait . The yelowtailing was just so so for us as the current was non existent in the morning and running hard later in the day.
Abby caught a shark this evening and that was enough for her. We caught 6 or 7 and except for the 1st one they were all beasts and the smart ladies let their husbands do the rest of the catching. No tarpon this evening but we expect it to get better as we get into May.
The guys from GAF are here again and we had another beautiful day to fish them. The current was running hard to the northeast which made seeing the bite on the yellowtails difficult but we caught 20 or so nice one before heading out to deeper water. The little hump didn't produce for us but after trying some deep dropping we ended up at the Islamorada hump were the amberjacks put a hurting on our guys. A good time was had by all.
Fun 1/2 day with Marylyn her husband and their two girls as they caught yellowtails, kings and mutton snapper. Sophia and Molly did a great job of learning the yellowtail technique and we look forward to seeing them again next year.
Two more great kids, 12 year old Ben and his younger sister Rilley were are anglers today and I must say they were very impressive. They listened well, learned quickly and didn’t give up when presented with a hard fighting fish. We caught our limit of snapper, catching a few silk and vermillion snapper to go with or yellowtail and three amberjacks toward the end of the trip so they could fight a big fish. Lisa and John are going to pack the fish tomorrow for their journey back to North Carolina and that big fish fry.
Quite the crew we had today, Dan brought his son and friends to fish with us on a beautiful Easter day. We caught plenty of yellowtail and we let the boys tug on a few AJ after the tails. As you can see we did have a small shark problem to start but they seemed to be satisfied with eating half a AJ and we got whole fish after that.
Olivia is one tough little girl, she battled one shark after another and never gave up till they were next to the boat. Julianne (her brother) was as tough and got to catch the one tarpon we hooked up. Great kids and parents, really fun evening in Whale Harbor channel!
With the wind out of the south and predicted to be 20 knots i really tried to discourage my clients with their youngsters from going today but they were convinced it would be OK. W e were back by 9:00 after catching enough for dinner. It's usually better to listen to the Captain and his experience in these situations.
Had CP and his girls out on a fairly rough day and we did do ok with the tails. From what I heard on the VHF, the snapper bite was difficult (no current and really clear water) but we were fortunate and caught 25 or so. We also made Kelly Kalis happy with a blackfin tuna and we cauaght one almacco jack. Always a pleasure CP!
Mike and the guys from GAF did a great job of learning the yellowtail fishing technique, (not always easy for some) and by the time we had caught a couple dozen tails they were catching one on every drift. The AJ's were also biting and five of the guys caught them, with two of them going over 50 lbs. The sailfish bite slowed down from yesterday although we did spend a hour looking for one at the end of the day.
Trent gave it his best but had to hand the rod off to his dad to finish this 50 lb amberjack. Trent had no such problems with the yellowtails and caught more than his dad as we limited out on them. The sailfish bite quieted down today although we did gave it an hour or so at the end of the day in hopes of raising one.
We had 6 people on board today but I couldn't find anyone when it came time for a picture! As soon as we hit the dock they all disappeared upstairs to the bar so I figured all that catching must have made them really thirsty.
Today the yellowtail bite was not quit as good, it took us an extra half hour to catch our limit. Guess we should not complain after staring at these fish for two months and not getting more then a few to bite, it has been an unbelievable fishery for the last month. Heather, Hannah, Dalton and Mike struggled both with technique and the seas but and we finally caught what we needed and finished up sailfishing on a shortened day.