Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wind woes

 Given the option, it would be more fun doing laundry.  25 knots gusting to 30 doesn't make for a full fish box.  Well, unless you are into barely legals.

First problem is holding an anchor and the second is mobility.  On a calm day you can say goodbye to the mini-mangroves and cover some ground to find better conditions.  In any case, my guesser appears to be broken.  Not really skunked in two days of fishing but close enough for me.  One nice Hogfish was the showcase along with mainly gut hooked barely legal snapper. Normally, June is frolicking fish time with nice photo ops back at the dock.  It calmed down enough to sneak out to a rock pile, but no luck on the one I picked.  

Sadly, quite a few folks picked a bad week to visit the Keys for fishing.  Wind surfing though looked fantastic.  All I can say is I sucked this week and am looking forward to some redemption once the winds drop below 20 knots.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In the Reef to 250 foot range






This trip yesterday could have been fantastic if we had not managed to miss two really big fish.  One was big bull dolphin which we got a good look at and the other was most likely a really big tuna.  By really big, I mean over 25 pounds not a giant or any thing.  We fished all day in the 100 to 250 foot depth range right off the reef.  Most of the tuna were smaller lil Tunny which some folks like and some don't and one was a respectable black fin.   There were tons of peanut dolphin with about half legal, but when you have bait size dolphin you always have a shot at the larger fish that likes eating them.   So working the peanut schools can produce trophy fish provided you manage to not lose the $%stard!



These are from a June 1st trip in search of Muttons.  The bite sucked as soon as the current shifted but we did manage a nice black grouper and porgy on the first two drifts before the shift.  I like porgies so I drop a chicken rig with shrimp while my clients drop live bait for the big fish.  We did get one undersized Mutton, which is abnormal when dropping on the deeper wrecks, so we tried a couple of patches for the Mangroves.  The three we caught were in the 17" to 18" range to provide some perspective on the grouper.  That grouper was a personal best for Manny who fishes the wrecks all the time.

We will have a bit of rain for the next few days which is much needed down here then I should have more fish to show off.

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Tight lines,


Capt. Dallas

Friday, May 26, 2017

Reef May 26





Beautifully calm day and unfortunately calm bite.  We hit two spots yellowtail snapper fishing and both started off great and then died out with bait stealers.  The yellowtail we got were nice sized, 16 to 18 inch fish, but the fish that made the day were the 19 to 20 inch mutton snapper identifying as yellowtails.

The bait stealers, Scrawled Filefish, made it a challenge to get baits back to the good eating fish.  Plus there were some smaller Cero Mackerel cutting hooks off.  We tried offshore for a couple of hours, but didn't find any magic floaters or a solid weedline.  Had a few smaller fish in the lures but nothing like a couple of days ago.

So it was a slow day, but more than enough quality fish for dinner thanks to the two nice Mutton
Snapper.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Offshore 23 May


 The weather guy lied a bit but we were able to troll out today in confused three plus footers to see what was going on offshore.  We missed two fish then boated these two gaffer dolphin.

Added a Blackfin Tuna appetizer trolling back in.  We had plans of fishing the reef but it was too sloppy for the crew, so I showed them a Bay Side spot and called it an early day. 

Winds are supposed to lay down Friday for a few days so we might get some more offshore fishing in this weekend. 

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Poor photos but happy customers



The photos suck, but that was part of a half day Shark/'Cuda trip.  I love bucket lists because there are so many people that still have a Shark or 'Cuda to scratch off.  Most of my regulars are caught up there, but I know one crew that is pretty ticked off at Barracuda still :)

In spite of my "trash" fishing adventures there are "family" fun adventures that involve snorkeling, beach combing and some fishing.  These don't produce many good fish photos but they do help with the bills.

"Real" fishermen have been slaying Grouper, Snapper and Tarpon when the weather permits plus getting a few nice Dolphin aka Mahi.  Tuna have been a little slow since I wrote about how good they were :)

The real good news is it is May, so you can keep grouper which opens up a few areas I don't like catching grouper when you cannot keep them.  May should also mean better weather, so with any luck today might be my last over 20 knot day for a while.

My last half of May bookings look pretty good and July is starting to get more interest, but June is lagging. 
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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wicked Tuna - Keys Addition

 While the Tarpon bite is on and the Sailfish have been thick, the big news is big Bluefin Tuna making people look bad.  200 plus pound Yellowfin and 500 plus pound Bluefin tuna do wander through the Keys now and again.  I have had a solid 200 pound Yellowfin Tuna eating Yellowtail on the reef is 32 foot of water.  It was great to see, but chances are slim and none with yellowtail spinning tackle.  You get spooled if you hook up and that warm feeling of burning drag is all you get to show for it.

If you go out loaded for bear with bent butt 80s and big live baits, more often than not you have a shark encounter which gets old after an hour or two on the rod.  I am pretty sure someone around Marathon will hook up a big bluefin with the right gear and eventually bring one to the dock, but I am not going to hold my breath.

I have been spending most of my time in the kiddie pool with fishing 101 trips and a few hiding from 20+ knot wind trips.  Even on a slow day we are getting dinner and more often than not, some bucket list fish for someone in the crew.   The near shore action though is far from hot.

Permit were on the artificial reefs if you have the weather and the Tarpon bite is better than normal for many right now, mainly at night but there have been a few early and late daytime bites.  We have another 20 grouperless days until that opens back up and a few larger dolphin are being picked up here and there.

If you are into sailfish, you are likely to be a hero or a zero.  Last week one boat released 28 of 32 while many other boats were talking about yellowtailing to make a trip.  That is fishing.   Finding a day when the wind lays down a bit is the biggest trick this time of year.  The great thing about this time of the year in the Keys, is you never know what you might get into.



 Whatever happens, spring is here and the Frangie Pangies are showing off, so if you get a chance you might as well try your luck.

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