Family fun fishin for our lunch

Today I got to take one of my favorite families out to the reef in search of some snappers for lunch. We headed out for one of my favorite patch reefs. We landed lots of snappers and groupers more than enough for a few meals. We then headed to a great spot to catch Barracuda to catch a few big ones before heading in.

Family Fun trip

Today we had a family of 5 out for a fun half day of fishing. This was the groups first experience salt water fishing it was also a first time ever even fishing for one angler. We kept thing light and fun with nonstop action on some patch reef fishing. We caught lots of Mangrove snapper some to small to keep but plenty for the cooler. We also caught and released 5 Red groupers from 15 to 24 inches. We even managed to land a big Nurse shark over 100 lb.

 

On fire in the early AM

Today was just a quick in and out 3 hour trip but my oh my were we on fire. I anchored the boat on a wreck in 90 feet and never had to move. We were catching nice sized Yellowtail snappers one after the other. After catching more than enough for dinner we put our focus on the bottom fishing. We were hardly able to keep the baits on the bottom the hits were coming so fast. We landed Black after Black grouper as fast as we were putting baits down. We then put a few live baits out on the surface and again struck gold with a monster King mackerel. After that we picked up the anchor and headed back to Key West full steam. We need to cut fish so my crew could make there 1 pm. flight.

Full day Slay

Today was lights out from start to finish we made it happen and we only hit 3 spots. Our first stop was on the reef to catch Yellowtail snapper. We caught them left and right till we were close to a limit. We then moved to a deep wreck in 170 feet where we landed 2 big Mutton snappers a Black grouper and a few sharks. The sharks got a little aggressive so we moved to a wreck in 160 a few miles away. It didn’t take long and we where back on the fish. We caught a smaller Mutton snapper and a Margate right away.  Our next bite we landed a monster African Pompano that was just huge for the near Key West wrecks. With a full cooler Randy, Marty, and I headed in to start cutting fish after a near perfect day on the water. Cant wait to see these boys again someday.

Snappers Sharks and a big Red

We started our day on the reef in about 60 feet of water. We anchored the boat and put the chum in the water. It was not long and we had the Yellowtail snappers eating right behind the boat. We landed more than enough for dinner and tossed a few in the livewell before moving the boat to a deeper area of reef. After a mile run I set the boat up in about 100 feet of water. We were still fishing hard reef structure but this time we were looking for big snappers and groupers. It didn’t take long and we had got a few big fish to bend the rod. We lost a few and landed a few the nicest being a 20 lb Red grouper. We snapped a few pics and tossed him back and headed for the dock ready to filet some fish for a fresh catch lunch.

half day play

Today we started our day on a wreck in 90 feet where it was a little slow but we did get one monster Black grouper. After lots of photos we let the grouper go since the season is closed till May 1st. We then headed to a wreck in 220 were we had non stop action. We caught Amberjack, Mutton snapper, Yellowtail snapper and a few other we let go. It was a slow start but all in all an awesome day full of laughs and bent rods.

Morning half day

We had a big group of 6 awesome anglers this morning here in Key West on a business trip. We headed out early at 8 am and had our sights set on bringing home fish for the 6 out with us along with another 6 out on the town. We started our day catching Yellowtail snappers and a few huge Lemon sharks. After we had a cooler full of snappers we then headed to a wreck where we landed a few small sharks and one big Mutton snapper.

crushing in the deep

Today we headed out on a full day charter at 8 am. Knowing we had all day to catch fish I headed to a wreck about 15 miles west of Key West. We made a few stops for some live baits on the way and arrived at our fishing spot around 9 am. We anchored the boat and the rest is history. We couldn’t keep a bait on the bottom the action was non stop with countless jacks and snapper. We landed a beautiful Almaco Jack that was upwards of 40 lbs. We also landed to lots of Red snappers over 20 lbs. We battled multiple sharks and honestly we where catching fish so fast we had to slow down. Our angles were getting so tired they could hardly hold on to the rod anymore! After maxing ourselves in the deep we picked up and moves in to shallower water in search of some light tackle action. We set up on the reef in 60 feet of water and started catching some Yellowtail snappers and a few Barracudas. After all that the boys were tired, thrilled, and ready for a cold one back at the dock. We put the hammer down and charged home with a cooler full of fish for dinner soon to be filleted.

When plan C should have been plan A

Today began with a bit of a rocky start. I set the boat up on my go to Yellowtail fishing spot. After about 5 minutes of fishing I knew 100% that given the conditions it was not going to work. I thought to myself no matter I’ll go out to a nearby wreck and fish there. The same thing happened again after about 5 minutes of being set on my second spot I knew for certain again that this was never going to work out. Well here goes time for plan C. I got the boat set on a wreck about 4 miles from my last 2 attempts and we began catching fish. We landed some nice yellowtail snapper and Amber jacks one after the other. After catching enough for dinner and our arms spent from catching Amber jacks we made one final move. We anchored the boat on a deep patch of reef in about 90 feet of water. We had non stop action catching grouper after grouper and even a few big Barracuda and shark as a bonus. After a slow start we finished about as strong as possible.

Afternoon tuna action

Today I pulled double duty with a 4 hour trip in the morning and a second in the afternoon. The morning was a truly great trip so heading out on my second trip I had a rock solid game plan. We started our second trip off with some deep wreck fishing bending the rod on some Barracuda and Amber jacks. As the sun was getting lower in the sky we switched gears and started trolling for Blackfin tuna in the late afternoon. We started catching some Bonita so we knew were on the right track. Not long after we saw some tunas breaking the surface in the distance. We headed over that way and got the species we were after. We hooked 4 tuna landing 2 and losing 1 to the sharks and 1 pulling the hook. With the light fading we headed in with a breathtaking backdrop of a stunning Key West sunset.