Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's not all fishing


Hey, sometimes they want to swim with the fishes.  The water temperature isn't over 80 yet so most of the swimmers are tourists.  Visibility was okay, about 40 foot or so.  They got about two hours at Sombrero Key Light, then an hour at Molasses Key Beach for lunch and cruise along the Seven Mile Bridge aboard the Little Lady Catherine.  I thought the fish would show better in the photo, but what the heck.

The weather is getting a bit more predictable and the fish along with it, so I should get busier pretty soon.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tough Tuna

I don't know why the Gulf Stream had to wander 36 nm south of the light but it sure made getting a Black Fin Tuna request filled today.



Plenty of small Skip Jack around and a few good size skippies, but only one Black Fin Tuna at the Marathon Hump.  Found a couple of great floaters with nothing happening.  I had hoped to get Mr. Black Fin out of the way early and try some of the Mutton Snapper spots, but such is life.  Anywho, scratch Black Fin Tuna off one bucket list.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fishing 101 Student Photos




Ray and crew set some photos of their latest trips.  Lots of Tuna, nice reef mixed bag and some AJs.


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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

The Slammer Dolphin search continues

We worked all the way out to the wall, over 1000 feet of water yesterday and nary a sign of big dolphin.   I noticed that a few charter boats found one or two in close while fishing for other things but I didn't see enough weeds and floaters offshore to really target the big fish quite yet.

We hit the Marathon hump again with two boats pulling darts and combined for about 20 tuna.  The Blackfin are mixed in with the Skippies.  There were around 30 boats fishing the Hump and yesterday most were hooking up.  I worked the top of the Hump for a while since the boats out there yesterday were a bit more organized and the other boat worked the outside.  We did a little better but not enough to write home about.  We also found tuna a few miles west of the Hump under birds so if you don't want to fight the crowd you can do your own thing and save a little fuel.

I noticed that all the tuna caught were filled with krill so it might be fun to drift some shrimp on light spinning gear if you  want some exercise.  If you are really looking for a workout, yesterday you could have hooked up with a fly rod without too much trouble.  For bigger fish though, live white bait in 200 to 300 foot of water is probably your best bet.  I am a fan of easy so unless I can get bait quick, dragging lures works just fine.

Since we have an iffy weather forecast and the gang will be here all week, I probably won't fish today.  A number of the crew have tarpon on their bucket lists and right now the tarpon bite is pretty spectacular, so they are likely to give that a shot this evening.  Pinfish have hooked most of the tarpon from what I hear but there are mullet around which are never a bad thing to have tarpon fishing.

As usual, I managed to not get any good photos and as usual I have been promised plenty, but time will tell.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Monday, March 28, 2016

Offshore - Tuna

I was really hoping to find a nice big Dolphin aka mahi, but I must have zigged when I should have zagged.  In any case, the tuna bite was pretty good and we lost a couple of bragging size fish to either sharks or tail wrap.

Most of the bite was at or near the hump and we put a baker's dozen in the box mainly, skippies with black fin and a few were most likely skippies but had very faded markings.  A bit different and I should have taken a few photos, but forgot.

Tomorrow is supposed to be another calm day so we may do another hump trip or play around closer in looking for sails etc.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Busy again



This season is definitely holiday driven so far.  I have been on the water the past few days doing Bay half days and sight seeing/snorkeling trips.  Today I finally got a half day on the reef and patches with a family from LA, lower Alabama that didn't have much fishing experience.  This trip was last minute booking on the lil Lady Catherine so I had to act like a real captain and everything.  Mom showed 'em how to git 'er done with some nice Lane Snapper to 18 inches and released a 23" black grouper.  Bit slow on the reef with mainly just undersized 'tail and then a Needle fish invasion. Did manage a couple of respectable Progies, but I think we missed the main bite a little earlier in the morning.

Offshore has been interesting with a few big dolphin caught in close along with a good Wahoo here and there.  Hit the right day and sailfish have been tailing which is always fun.  Tarpon have also fired off early this year.  I will be fishing the next four or five days on larger boats so maybe I will get some first hand offshore info.

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 Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas