Stayed on the reef again on a short day and the snapper bit one more time. Caught some large mangroves followed by the yellowtails and the vermillons. Have not fished with these folks in a while as Jason bought his own boat and a house in the keys but they recently sold the house, boat and decided to fish with us one last time before moving north. Good times!
Our friends from the UK are back and yesterday we took them mahi fishing, caught mahi and tuna but it was slow for us and most of the other boats. Tonight we had a great evening trip with them going 1 for 3 on the tarpon and catching a bunch of sharks. Rubin caught the 1st tarpon and hooked up the 2nd , giving the rod to his brother to catch, unfortunately Toby lost that one. The last fish was huge and we ended up pulling the hook as we tried to keep him from going into another marina,
We caught are limit of snapper today despite the sharks which we fed a few to. The mangroves bit well to start the day and we struggled with the yellowtails till I found the right spot and conditions. Nate, Jack and jack fished their last day with us this year and we had such a good time with these guys, what a great family!
Nate caught the tarpon tonight much to the chagrin of his brother Jack but Jack caught the big mahi yesterday so things are in balance. We had a bull shark bite the 1st bait in the water and I thought we were going to catch him but he got a tooth on the mono and was gone. Caught a lot of other sharks after that and kept every busy thru out the evening. Looking forward to Wednesday when we fish these guys again as we plan on staying on the reef for the snapper bite.
We were just starting to find some good fish when our group decided to head for home today, Dr Bill, Amy (his wife) and their daughters and son had plenty of fish for a few dinners and said they really enjoyed the day. Bill and Amy plan to come back soon, not so sure about the daughters. See you later folks.
Jack, Jack and Nate moved their day from yesterday to today because of a scheduling problem (mine) and got the bigger mahi out of the deal. Yesterday Brian caught one 20 lbs and today's fish was 25 lbs. Still the same scenario, catching one and two decent fish on every 3rd or 4th set of birds. We have a couple more trips with these guys so rest up guys! P.S. Jack jr caught the big one.
Lots of birds and schools of small fish today but there were nicer fish mixed in so it meant checking out set after set of birds till you would find a nice one. We never found any schools of fish and pulled the hook on a big on like the 20 pounder we caught, so it was a little frustrating today but Brian, Justin and their boys have fished with us for a bunch of years and know every year can't be a huge mahi kill. See you next year guys, have a safe trip back home.
Our new friends did great today even with the rough sea conditions catching a bakers dozen of mahi and four and a half tuna. The group did not have any experience with this type of fishing but they caught on well and will be coming back for more in the future. Thanks again!!
Mary Sue, Steve and Pam caught enough mahi two days ago and wanted to stay on the reef today. We did the mangrove snapper first and then went to Davis reef to catch the tails which bit well even with the clear water and lack of current. The sharks are back but we only lost 6 or 7 to them so after we had our limit of them we did a little bottom bouncing catching a 12 lb kingfish. The vermillons were tough, we lost quite a few on the way up but managed to catch a half dozen. These folks have their work cut out for them once again as the vacuum packer is going to get another workout tonight. Great fun guys , see you next time.
Today Dr John and his friend Jim caught as many mahi as we are allowed as we limited out once again. Caught 4 tunas at the hump and a yellowedge grouper on a deep drop on the way home. We haven't had Dr John onboard in a while and it was good to spend a day with him and look forward to next month when he fishes with us again.
Pretty much the same kind of day as yesterday without the tunas. We tried for them but they were not biting for us at the hump and so we headed off to find the mahi. I was once again frustrated in the early morning as the fish were moving hard and the birds would not stay on them but as the morning progressed and we got deeper the fish and the birds started to cooperate. We found some good schools late morning and a 20 pounder as the last fish of the day to finish with our mahi limit. Pam, Mary Sue and Steve started a little rough but by the time we got to the larger schools of fish they had it down, avoiding tangles and moving in the pit like a well oiled machine. See you again on Thursday folks, might be a reef day.
Rick, Eric and Mat did an amazing job today as we limited out on the mahi and caught 10 tunas. Went to the hump first, caught the tunas and after they slowed down we headed out to deeper (and rougher) water where we started catching 1's and 2's. We couldn't find any schools with any numbers of fish until late morning when we found THE school. Rick said we caught 16 or 17 mahi , over half of our total catch out of that one school and all were nice fish., Rick, we will see you in a week or so and Eric and Mat we will see you next year about this time. Thanks Guys!!
Steve fished us a couple years ago and that story is too long to tell but it involved a plan, lost keys, another boat and waiting on his buddy to be delivered to the KK 20 miles off shore. Fortunately today was not as involved or as long (half day) and I don't think Steve's seasickness was part of his plan but even with a little temporary illness everyone had a good time, which I hope was in the plan. We started with the mangrove snapper and next tried the yellowtail (shark problem), caught a couple kingfish and missed a few, one legal mutton and a small grouper and the guys had dinner and then some. See you next time Steve... looking forward to the new plan!
Ron, his wife and grandson spent a morning on the KK at the 409 hump today and although the weed was everywhere and a real pain for Dave, we were able to catch a bunch of nice tunas for these folks to take home. The mahi fishing wasn't great today, lots of small fish again but we did catch enough for a couple fresh mahi dinners.
Yesterday was difficult, today we went to the 409 hump and caught a dozen tunas including a 20 pounder. A few mahi swam up while we were there and we found more as we left the hump and headed west. We picked away and ended up with 17 mahi and 13 tunas making Rick and his group smile and start planning their evening dinner at Chef Michael's even before we reached the dock. We fish a lot of great people and this is just another of those great groups we look forward to fishing with. We will see you again soon ( some of you on Monday ).
Another busy half day starting with the mangrove snappers and ending with an african pompano, a large mutton snapper and a couple kingfish. This was a large group and there were two boats, the other boat caught plenty of yellowtail snapper and we were fortunate to catch a few other species.
Thought we were going off again today but Gary's one son showed up really sick and Gary and Ryan didn't want to leave him all day so we decided on a half and stayed on the reef. It worked out great, once again we caught some big mangrove snapper and although conditions for yellowtailing were not good we caught a 20 lb kings and some smaller kings after leaving the reef. Good guys, Gary had spent a lot of time in Antarctica with the arm forces and Ryan engineered ski lifts, very different and interesting.
Thought we were going off today but Bob said they didn't want mahi and preferred to stay on the reef so that's what we did, catching almost 50 snapper, including mutton, mangrove, yellowtail and vermillons. These folks have been fishing with us for many years and we just have a really good time with them. Looking forward to their next trip.
John and Kim decided to stay close in on the reef today as they wanted more action and less travel time because the mahi fishing has been slow and many miles out. We caught some really nice mangrove snapper and a bunch of smaller ones, the yellowtail did not bite as well today but the vermillons did, unfortunately we had to leave that spot as a number of small boaters wanted those numbers. John say he and Kim are coming back in February for the wahoos and sail fish. Looking forward to it folks see you then. It sounds like the mahi bite picked up today and we will be out there Sunday to give a report.
Wow, what a morning on the reef with Melissa, Rich, Noah, Nate and Claire. The mangrove snapper are spawning, the yellowtails cooperated, the kingfish bit (20 pounder on mono) and a couple of bonitas showed up for sport. Great family that left with good memories of a day on the water in Islamorada. See you again soon folks!!
Yesterday we struggled with the mahi, today we started out strong and kept finding them. Elise and Isabel caught some but it was their parents that really came through on a weird north wind that made it a little uncomfortable out at 18 miles. We headed back a little early to calmer water and caught a couple vermillon snappers but that was about all the bottom would give us today.
From a couple difficult days to almost 30 mahi by 11 o'clock was a welcome change for us today. A few of our group had some problems with the rocking boat in the morning so after catching the mahi we went a little shallower and caught a dozen rose porgies in the calmer water. Having some time left we even stopped and yellowtailed on the reef for a bit to show the kids what that was all about and then headed for the marina. Looking forward to fishing with these guys again probably in December when the sailfish show up.
No tarpon this evening but we kept Ashley and her family very busy with sharks and rays. We get to fish a full day with these folks tomorrow and it was good practice for them with all the activity tonight.
Yesterday was a struggle with very few bright spots among the fleet searching for mahi and today was similar with a few more decent catches of mahi but still not what it has been. We were not among the more decent catches but Chris and his crew still had a great time. Chris has taken home bags and bags of fillets over the years when fishing with us and today was the only off year that they could remember. They did get to try deep dropping which they had never done before so it was a total loss and we caught some nice rose porgies for dinner. See you next year gang!!
Over ran them today as did a lot of boats but we recovered somewhat by the end of the day and put together a decent catch even without the birds to show us where the fish were. Tom and his group really enjoyed themselves, 1st time mahi fishing for a couple of them and that is always a little special. Another calm day today but it looks like we may get some wind and rain this weekend and then back to low wind conditions next week.