Saturday, April 07, 2018

Tripletail and small tuna

Offshore has been slow for Dolphin of any size.  There are some nice Tripletail around and Black Fin tuna with a few Skipjack mixed in.

We did hook one slammer Dolphin of about 30 pounds but my angler got tip wrapped fairly early in the fight.

The Permit are on the wrecks as usual.  Reef snapper bite has been off with the full moon but there are lots other fish that will come into the slick like Yellowjack, Barjack, Mackerel and Lil' Tunny to produce some action.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

New Cheap Gear to Play With



Fin-Nor Megalite 60 spinning reels qualify as cheap gear if you spend some time shopping.  These averaged $37 each including Florida sales tax.
I have had the Sojourn rods for a couple years and they were $30 each.  So for less than $70 a set these cheap combos are a little cheaper than the combos I tested a couple years ago.
Zebco appears to own the Fin-Nor name and the reels are made in China to Zebco's "standards."  They look well built with stainless, aluminum and carbon fiber construction.  In fact, they are much higher quality than the Aeries combos that lasted pretty well.
With no maintenance at all both Aeries reels lasted 2 seasons.  One is still going strong with just a little TLC.
I have the Megalites spoiled with approximately 220 yards of 20# clear mono and they can hold about 300 yards of 15# mono.
This time instead of zero maintenance, these will see some soap and lubrication once in a while.  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring?

Still having issues publishing on the blog.  The Russians are no doubt responsible.



These were plan d fish.  Offshore sucked so we had to fish some wrecks.



These are from another trip.  Fishing has been tougher that normal.  The reef and wrecksbhave been pretty consistent if you have decent weather.

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

Nice Fish

Just a quick phone post.  Hope the photo comes out.

For February, we boated a nice dolphin yesterday.  Lost a bigger one at the boat.  It was sporty but fishable after a rain delayed start.  Tons of bait for a change.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January So Far



Why chocolate chip pancakes with real Wisconsin  Maple Syrup?  Because we took the family that makes it out yesterday for a fishing trip.



The morning was for the ladies and the afternoon for the guys.
It was cold and windy with a slow bite but we still managed a few nice fish and missed a few monsters.  Down side of the day was a short Cobia we had to release that didn't have any buddies follow him to the boat.



We also had a deep drop trip on the 9th that didn't produce much but what we caught was pretty and tasty. 

Still piddling around and things are getting back to normal.  It will be a slower season but we will survive.

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Piddling and fishing



 Been doing a lot more piddling around the new "house" than fishing.  Looks like most folks down here are doing the same, but people that are getting out are doing good.

The snapper bite has been exceptional while the mackerel and winter species have been a little slow this year.  That should have changed thanks to the real cold front last week and the return to more normal temperatures for this time of year.

In case you are wondering what I have been up to,

that is a photo of the kitchen floor in the new RV a few weeks ago.

This is what it looks like now.  Not really happy with the molding, but it will do until I get a little more money in my clothes.

It has only been three months since Irma so there is still considerable construction going on around town.  Because of that, some of the rental properties are not available so I have had a few cancellations.  Most of the hotels and resorts are back in business and available to tourista traffic, but rentals have been commandeered by homeless locals.  That is going to slow things down for me until affordable housing comes back, if it does come back.

So instead of sitting around watching the grass grow, I planted some winter squash and a few other things.

Another project was a security camera for "Monte" which allows me to check the progress of "projects."  I have a much larger area to clutter up this time.







Speaking of clutter, might as well upload some photos off the phone.  All of the fishing photos are of
Cash and fam who go a little addicted to the Keys.


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