Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gulf Wrecks - Fish Stacked up but bite slow

We rolled the dice yesterday and tried a Gulf Wreck trip in search of Cobia.  Other than this respectable Sheephead and a few respectable Mangroves (about 3 pounds) we were overload with Blue runners to the point of not having much of a chance at anything else.

Normally, live baiting a few Blue Runners on the wrecks will stimulate something big, a Shark, King Mackerel, Goliath, Barracuda, something, to at least take a look.  Nope.  Pinfish helped avoid the Blue Runner onslaught and produced the Mangroves.  If a shrimp made it to the wreck which was stacked up with fish on the bottom finder you have a chance at a Sheephead.  When hit a few wrecks but Porpoise aka bottle nose dolphin were about every where making fishing a bit tough.

So I rolled the dice with a chance of being a hero, nice Cobia, or a goat, nada, and got nada to write home about with dirty water covering most of the Bay.

There was a streak of clean water close that seemed to be the only productive Spanish Area for guys looking for mackerel.  My crew had done plenty of that so Kings and Cobia were the target species for a little better drag challenges.  Today is another day so we will se how that works out.


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 Capt. Dallas

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More fishing 101



Nice couple today.  Same basic stuff same reliable fish.  They ended up with a respectable box of Porgies, Hogfish, Mangrove and Mutton Snapper.  No takers on the drift fishing with blue runners and the balleyhoo didn't play, but both learned how to throw a cast net anyway.

My standard line is that when the bait are thick in the chum slice fishing is going to get kicked up a notch.  They didn't show so it was slow, but productive anyway.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Our First Real Cold Front

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I was supposed to be fishing today but my crew didn't call me and I didn't call them.  My excuse is that it was cold outside, less than 60 F this morning.  We have had  a few cool fronts so far but I think this is the first cold front.

Possibly because of the lack of a real cold front fishing has been pretty boring.  I haven't seen many sailfish in the water or free jumping which is most likely due to not as much bait pushing over the reef as usual.  If you want fish you want to find the bait.

The day before yesterday I fished out of Islamarada and it was slower than normal.  We hit some blackfin tuna though they were small and a few Little Tunny, but not much sign of action offshore in that area at least in the morning.  Patch fishing was closer to normal with the porgies and hogfish that will bite for you on any slow bite day.  Balleyhoo did show up while we were patch fishing but not very thickly.

It takes a good bait push to make things real lively this time of year so perhaps this front is just the ticket.

I was on a fun trip on the Lady Catherine and was waiting for some photos from the customers prior to posting.  No clue when those will arrive so as a spoiler the highlight fish were nice Hogfish with a few little tunny and mackerel of the troll.  Probably due to the water temperatures the fish are still on top of the reef near the break from 72 F ocean and 67 F inshore water temperatures.  I have seen a good n umber of the normal offshore charter boats changing to inshore stuff earlier probably because the bite has been so inconsistent.

On the phone side of things I am still trying to get my old number back.  If I do I do, if not not, but I haven't given up yet.  The guy that has the number isn't completely against the idea it is just AT&T doesn't make it easy.  Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Friday, January 30, 2015

Couple of Fun Trips on the Lady Catherine


This Cobia was an inch short but Matt didn't mind much.


It was a slow day though but the crew had plenty of fillets for dinner.


With the winds more up than down we have been hitting the rock piles.


Typical mixed bag fishing for the rock piles.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Late January

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I have been sitting on my butt more than fishing the past week.  Had a Bay Side trip on the Lady Catherine where the guys had a good time catching good size Spanish Mackerel and respectable Mangroves along with watching the Black Tip Sharks taking their cut of the action.  That is a typical higher winds than you like trip where you still get a lot of action without getting you butt kicked.  The rock piles in Hawk Channel are still hot, but with mainly East winds it is a bit bumpy for the more mature angler.

I thought I had a few pictures but they came out looking a lot like my thumb from a very close distance so I won't bother.  In any case, Lady Catherine had to be hauled for some strut repair but is back in action now and running better than ever.

Still battling to get my old phone number back.  There is a lot of posts by folks that seem to have had a good time with me that have that old number and not my blog so I hope I get it back.  If not I will just have to start over marketing the new one.

For the guys that know Michele, she is up in NY visiting her mom who is having a time dealing with doctors.  Her mom must be a bit like me since she keeps telling them to piss off, she is going back home where she can smoke when she wants.

On the Lady Catherine side of things, Captain David is promoting Rock pile and Patch trips since it is happening and the Hogfish are photogenic and tasty as well.  I believe he has the trip at $500 for a half day that is mainly fishing since the trip is short.  Along with the Hogfish are the Porgies, various snapper with the occasional nice mutton snapper.  Grouper are closed of course.

Also as usual for this time of the year it is feast or famine.  I am booked pretty solid in February plus have a couple of doctor's visits to deal with.  Until then though I am open.  The weather is typical for this time of year with a couple of great days, a few Bay Side or close days and a couple of fantastic drinking days.  Not quite as many drinking days as the past couple of years though.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Blame it on the Moon



Been fishing with Captain David on the Lady Catherine the past few days.  Offshore has been very slow.  There are plenty of nice weed lines and bait, but nothing to write home about hook up wise.  We even made it out to the Marathon Hump which was loaded with fishermen but fish? Not so much, about a half dozen smaller blackfin tuna was all we managed.  Today with the wind honking we had a fair bite on the rock piles in the morning but the afternoon was very slow.  I an not sure if I should blame the moon, but what the heck, it is handy.   In any cases, there haven't been any great reports posted in the past few days.

We have one more 3/4 day with the same crew and then I may have the time and money to get back on all the projects that have been piling up.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas