Happy New Year
Although fishing in the Dry Tortugas is the best place to fish these days, we ended up fishing a few local half days this week as people nursed themselves back to health after New Years festivities. Fish production overall was pretty good considering the conditions. Top honors this week goes to Marty McKenna and family with a huge cartful of Snapper and Grouper. Frank Delucas and buddies had an impressive catch of fish and would have been better if we did not have such a big problem with Sharks and Amberjack. A few big beastly Black Groupers ran us into the bottom this week and are still living free, happy, and healthy.
We were able to get out on the water for a few trips in between the Christmas celebrations. Kevin Smith and the gang tore them up as usual this week with several nice Black Groupers. The biggest was into the mid 40’s and bigger, well, lets just say a few are still swimming around out there somewhere waiting for the next unsuspecting victim to put a bait in front of them. Pelagics slowed a bit down to the west near the Dry Tortugas where we fished but near Key West Wahoo and Tuna were pretty active. Ed Patricoff’s group had a great day on the water as well. Nice Blackfin Tuna and a plethora of large Mutton Snapper filled the box. All in all the fishing down here right now is great and looks great for the coming winter season.
It’s A Big Ocean
What a week!!!! From double carts loads of quality fish to Sky rocketing Mako Sharks, this week reminded me why I do what I do for a living. With the Gulf Stream in close we’ve been seeing more unusual creatures live huge Leatherback Turtles and Mola Mola (Sun Fish). Mate Daniel Delph even hooked a Mediterranean Spear Fish which is incredibly rare if you don’t already know that. I’ve never seen one before. Started the week off with long time friends and customers Garland Rodriguez and Steve Kaiser from Merrill Lynch with a beautiful day and full cart load of snapper and huge Black Grouper. Then Fred Fiek’s trip, where not only a full cart load but also a 50lb cobia for the cherry on top. We also saw the Mako Shark for the first time that week flying 30 feet out of the water feeding on the massive schools of King Mackeral in the area. Then the mother load with Bob Garland, Steve Domiano, Brian Berger, and their good buddy Andy. Big Mutton Snapper, Gag Grouper, Black Grouper and even Mahi Mahi were biting. Then about a 400 lb Mako swam right up to the boat causing a scramble to create an outfit big enough to land this menacing looking creature from the abyss. Not fast enough though.
Break in the Weather
With rougher weather this week we were only able to get out twice but had great trips. Good old buddies Garry Chotiner, Dustin Perry, and Torm Siverson had caught plenty of snapper and grouper to prepare for the holiday season. Torm was able to land a very nice Gag Grouper. Dave Irwin and John Sorrel also had a great trip. A lot of Tuna and Wahoo were caught around Key West this week. The weather forecast is looking great for next week and the fishing forecast looks even better.
Busy, busy, busy week with lots of exciting action to be had by all. Alex Sanchez and his buddy brought their sons out for a father son excursion and had plenty of Mutton Snapper, Cobia, giant Porgy to go around for everyone. Dr. Frank Mckemie and family had a great day of Mutton Snapper fishing in front of Key West. Finally, the weather broke and we headed down west with Brian Berger and Kevin Smith who were both once again the all stars of the week with a full cartload of beautiful fish. But top fish would have to go to Dan Miller with a Black Grouper in the mid to upper 50’s. So even through the windy weather we were still able to produce locally this week which shows winter is now in the full swing of things.