Jacks and sore backs

Today my crew said ” Cap. put us on some big fish”. I was more happy to oblige this request. When it comes to big fish in the ocean be careful what you wish for you just might get it. We stared small catching Yellowtails for lunch and Bar jacks for the livewell. After we had the live bait and dinner covered we headed for a deep wreck that has been red hot as of late. Today was no different we landed Amber jacks one after the other. We had caught 4 or 5 nice sized jacks in the 30 lb to 40 lb ranger. We made one last drift before heading home and sure enough that is when we got the big one. With tired arms already all 4 of my anglers took turns on the reel to bring in the last fish. After a good 10 min fight it was over and a beast of a jack lay on the deck no less than 60 lb.

Sundown slay fest

Today I ran a half day charter in the late afternoon. We left the dock at 4 pm and would be back at 8 pm. We started off on the reef in 60 feet where we loaded the livewell with Bar jacks. We then made a half mile move to our first wreck in 160 feet of water. We caught lots of  big barracudas only minutes after being on the spot. We then moved 4 miles to our next wreck in 300 feet of water. We beefed up our tackle size and sent some big live Bar jacks down. We were not disappointed as we hooked big Amber jacks as fast as we get the baits down. After catching 4 or 5 big jacks we got an awesome bonus King mackerel on a vertical jig. With tired backs and arms we headed in one a gorgeous evening.

Heavy Tax day

The mutton snappers are done spawning but that doesn’t mean they stop eating. We fished hard today bouncing around on some spots close to Key West. We lost more than a few to the sharks today but that happens. When it comes to bottom fishing there can be a heavy tax you have to pay some days. We still managed to get a few beauties by the toothy critters. We also landed lots of Amber jacks and Barracudas to pass the time between snapper bites. Nothing like a good workout before heaving a delicious snapper dinner.

Lures and lunker’s

What a great day to be on the water with light winds and minimal waves we had it made. We spent most of our time today hitting some of the deeper wrecks. We caught countless fish drifting over several wrecks but one fish towered over the rest in size. We were on a wreck in 300 feet and had caught a few Amber jacks and a few Red snappers already. We set up in front of the wreck once more and dropped down our lines. Moments later Nick who was working a vertical jig hooked into a monster fish. After a 30 minute fight for the ages Nick had the biggest Amber Jack ever landed aboard the “ALL IN “. The fish was no less than 72 inches and over 100 lbs. It was truly a fish of a lifetime and the fact it come on a vertical jig makes it that much cooler.