Wednesday, July 19, 2017

People like Pictures, I like catching fish

After three trips where my cellphone battery died pre-maturely I have mental pictures but not real pictures to post.  A couple of customer promised to email me photos but that is pretty unlikely.

Yesterday, we did a combo offshore and reef trip on the Lady Catherine.  but we only put a handful of keepers in the box.  Offshore was slow for big dolphin even though we found a prize floater.  Lots of undersized fish.  On a full day offshore we probably would have found some bigger fish a little deeper, but  we can back to the reef.

The reef proved to be interesting.  There was a big shark encounter that blew wind up a few skirts plus some nice 'tailing.  One 26 inch Yellowtail and we lost a few that were bigger thanks to the bottom and Mr. Shark.  When your biggest dolphin and biggest Yellowtail are the same size, it was an interesting day. 

Prior to yesterday we had a few family fun trips and fishing 101.  Good fishing with 'cuda/shark encounters that made a few people's day.  Not lots of big bragging fish, but solid 'tails, Porgies and Mangrove depending on the location. 

It is just a bit hot out so plan on bringing plenty of water and me talking you into heading out early and getting back early.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Hogfish and Porgies are playing again

 Ldy Catherine in booking more family fun half days than anything else lately and luckily, the Hogfish and Porgies are back to normal along with the mystery fish that get new comers to the Keys excited.

This was a pretty good catch considering we had a few barracuda and big shark changes during the morning half.  Had quite a few not quite legal mutton snapper releases that would have been legal last year.  Good thing they haven't raised the Hogfish size limit or these would have been released.

Speaking of regulations, the kindhearted idiots are back in action wanting to "protect" more species that aren't in any particular danger.  This "legacy" style of regulation, you know getting your name on some piece of crap that costs working folks money while proving to the world you are a visionary, needs to be nipped in the bud.  If species are doing fine without regulation, then leave them alone.  Hook and line isn't depleting Hogfish, spear fishing is depleting hogfish, so I think we should make the Keys a no spearfishing zone if spearfishing start impacting my livelihood.  Ouch right?

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Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Its 'Tailing Time




Yellowtail Snapper bite all year long but in the summer you have more calm days to get out there plus most folks have vacations in the summer.  Most of the time, catching more than enough "tails for dinner is a piece of cake, but they can make you look bad and like doing it.  So basic refresher course tips are in order.

Clear line/fluorocarbon -  when visibility may be over 100 feet you get the opportunity to see the fish that aren't biting.  Clear line tends to spook fish less and while fluorocarbon isn't required it can make a difference on clear, calm days.  Avoid braid and colored lines unless you are trying to make a sales pitch.

Smaller hooks and baits can make a big difference and help combat the Filefish.  For some reason people like to protect things that drive other people nuts.  Scrolled Filefish are one of those things.  They aren't endangered, but since small ones look good in aquariums, the FWC has size limits for aquarium collectors.  Filefish over 20" are common on the reef and officer friendly might think that they are illegal to keep he/she is confusing hook and line fishing with collecting tropicals.  So if you keep filefish, which are pretty tasty if you like trigger fish, the guys in polyester may or may not cite you for illegally keeping oversized tropicals.  Yes, this is one of the main reasons I tend to be politically outspoken, because the brain dead have become part of the system.  Extremely nice and caring folks without a clue irritate the hell out of old farts like me when they can write citations without using common sense.

Oats -  There is a lot of confusion about chumming with oats.  Dry oatmeal floats more and sinks slower so the fish tend to get closer to the surface.  Wet oats since faster and create a little cloud of oat milk that people like to hide their hooks in.  In the summer on a calm day with clear water I want the fish near the top and close to the boat so I use dry oats.  That way you can bail fish without them taking you into the coral.  Wet oats make a spectacular mess in the boat which some people like.

Cheap or not Cheap -  legal to 15 inch 'Tails are easy to catch so you require less chum, so you can probably catch your limit with two blocks in a half day using a medium mesh chum bag.  Hero 'Tails or flags, are fish over 20 inches and are typically found in deeper water requiring more chum in a landing net size mesh chum bag.   You will probably burn a case of chum at around $7.50 times 6 = $45 for about 6 hours of fishing time.  A 15 inch 'tail makes a good filet and is pretty tasty, just not very impressive at the cleaning table.  If you want impressive, it will cost more and require more attention to details like fluorocarbon, steady line release, various hook, jig and bait combinations, and something that is more difficult to find, patience.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What a difference a few knots makes

 The winds are still a little high for small boats on the ocean side, but at 16 to 20 instead of 20 to 25 it is a lot easier to find fish on the bay side.



This is from this morning's half day on the Lady Catherine just fishing a couple of spots near banks.  With the lower winds we were able to hold anchor most of the time and the ballyhoo actual came close enough to the boat to hook and line a few for bait. All of these were caught on fresh ballyhoo and pinfish chunks to avoid the thousands of tiny fish in the chum slick.

This catch doesn't come close to what is going on ocean side but we picked up a crew that had already got beaten up chasing dolphin and want something a little less adventurous.  Now the Cindy has been given a name and moved north, the weather should be back to normal this week, so ocean side here we come!

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

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.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Friday, March 31, 2017

More Fishing 101 - Yellowtail plus

 Got a call at 8:30 yesterday from a vacationer in town from the UK.  They had rented a house, a boat, had all the gear, read the required magazines and were catching nothing.  So they gave in and asked me if I was busy.

About an hour and half later they were catching Yellowtail snapper, cero mackerel, lil' Tunny, Baracuda and missing a few fish that once lost, could be anything they liked.  All they had to do was dial the number on the blog.

Right now you just about have to hide if you want to bait your hook.  Permit are on the wrecks, sailfish are just off the reef, Tarpon are at the bridges, Snapper and mackerel are just about everywhere so if the wind isn't blowing over 30 you can find some fish.


With all the great fishing, it is just about a sin to be wandering around aimlessly like a ... well, tourist :)  You can hook up with loads of great local captains for your bucket list fishing trip of a life time or an old fart like me so you can learn how to do it on your own.

The crew that called were easy, catch some Yellowtail, maybe a Baracuda and learn a few tricks.  While Yellowtailing you can put out a live bait and who knows what will show up.  We had lots of fish busting baits in the slick within an hour and they could have made a day of it right there.  But I took them Bay Side in case the wind picked up and they caught Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Blue Runners, Porgies, while Baracuda and sharks showed up.  Its the Keys.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tuna at the Hump

After a long blow and with a nearly full moon, it was a bit of a guess yesterday, but we picked the Marathon Hump and Tuna to target.  Plenty of other boats picked the same option.

The Blackfin were smaller than normal but still tasty.  We actually caught bigger Blackfin in 300 foot off the reef, but there were no birds to help us hone in on them.  West of the Hump there were plenty of birds working Skipjack tuna, but since we have a taste for Blackfin we passed.  That might have been a bad choice, but we stuck to the game plan.  One lost Dolphin wanted to get a lift back to the dock, but the Hump was all Blackfin other than that lost soul.  

Sixteen fish is below normal but certainly beats a skunk which unfortunately happens from time to time.  The crew was happy, which is the main thing.  If I had to do it over again, I think the 300 foot range would have provided bigger fish and a larger variety albeit with a slower bite.

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Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Friday, February 24, 2017

2-24 Slow Day

After having a string of better than average days catching you have to get a slow one.  What was supposed to be a quick half-day fun eating fish trip turned into an over time half-day trying to get enough for the crew's dinner.

Instead of Mackerel we had Bonnet Head Sharks get in the slick at a spot I doubt we have ever caught one before.  We caught a few decent Lane Snapper and then the tiny fish took over.  Second spot marked up great but was dead so we headed out to the reef.

The reef bite was slow because of a very weak current, but at least the Yellow Tail Snapper were big enough to filet. 


 So no big fish stories, just more than enough fillets for a large family on vacation.

 At least a Manatee added something to the floor show, drinking water out of the motors while we were flushing them.

We had a West wind early in the morning that may be to blame for the slow bite or perhaps the weather was too good, in any case, slow shouldn't last long and even when it is slow you still eat pretty good.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chum and Live Bait Tips


 If you are serious about reef fishing you know this style of chum net.  Chum bags, small to large mesh are like laundry bags and work fine for shallow water, but for deeper fishing go with a net.  Count on 3-4 blocks of chum per half day with a chum net and 2-3 blocks per half day with a large mesh chum bag.  We got tired of  the nastiness which is used chum nets and decide to put the Pin Fish to work.  David just puts the used chum bag in the bait keep and they clean up the mess.

So if you are planning a larger stay in the Keys, say a week or more in hopes of taken some fish back to wow the back home crowd, let's review some tips.

1.  Having a bait freezer is huge.  Buying chum by the case saves money but you need a dedicated freezer so check you rental for such a goody.  If you don't have a bait freezer, a smaller cooler even one of the cheap Styrofoam ones that will barely hold two blocks of chum can come in handy.  In any case, the smaller cooler is easier to decontaminate if things go wrong.  Put the left over chum in the small cooler and that in a larger cooler with whatever ice you can spare.  Note: the Syrofoam cooler has a very low life expectancy out in the open.  Sheltered in a bigger cooler or below deck fish box at least gives it a chance to be useful.

2.  If your rental has a bait keep, which is a pen of some sort to keep live bait in water at your dock, great, if not remember a cheap 30 gallon trash can with holes drilled in it will do a good job in a pinch.  Don't drill holes in the bottom or the bottom few inches so you can lift the can without stranding the fish.  Use large holes 3/4" to 1" for big baits and plenty of flow.  If you want to keep shrimp in a big bait keep put the shrimp in a mesh chum bag and that in the keep.  Or you can make a smaller 5 gallon keep bucket with shrimps size holes.  I have a drill and bits if one isn't hiding around your place.

3.  Don't overload your bait keep.  Pin Fish are hardy so you can keep several dozen in a 30 gallon keep if the water is fairly clean.  Mullet are dainty little beggars so a half dozen may be all you can get is a 30 gallon keep.  Pilchards are somewhere in between so 3 or 4 dozen in a 30 gallon keep might be pushing your luck in many canals.  Ballyhoo have zero chance in anything other than an Olympic size bait keep.  All live baits can be a PITA so just chill and adjust as needed.

4.  Feeding live baits just enough so they don't start eating each other is a good thing, but don't over do it.  One ballyhoo is enough to keep Pin Fish busy and since they will clean your chum net, let them have fun.

5. Candy size, 1.5 to 3 inch Pin Fish or Pilchards, are your go to Mangrove snapper baits and just about anything will hit them.  Bigger baits might mean bigger fish somethings, but even elephants eat peanuts, so don't knock candy size baits.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Still Steady Fishing

Almost had an offshore trip but the seas were just big enough for the crew to change their minds.  So instead of Black Fin tuna they settled for some little Tuny and lots of snapper including one 26" mutton. A Half day today near the bridge produced mainly Mangrove Snapper with a few nice Yellowtail Snapper, some Porgies and some very large grunts along with the usual shark encounter plus a barracuda cut off at the boat which seems to have made their day.


So every trip has had plenty of dinner fish with at least one shot at a bragging size dinner fish and all in the more sheltered waters. 


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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2/16/17 Half day on the rock piles

With winds gusting to 25 we eased out front to one of the closer rock piles in the Lady Catherine in search of lane snapper and anything else hungry.


 We expected Spanish or Cero Mackerel, but the King showed up.  Fun on light tackle.
 Nice Black but a throw back on Thursday or any other day until May.  Real challenge on 20 pound test.
I told them to act like they had fun but this was the best they could manage :)

Weather has been pretty good though there might still be a drinking day or two per week.  This time of year just about anything can be biting.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Great weather - Slow but OK bite

In February, Bay Side for Spanish Mackerel should be a no brainer and close to an only option.  For the past few days though, the winds have been tame and the waters clearer than normal. That means you can see all the fish not biting.


Both yesterday's (no pics) and today's fishing had about an hour when the fish liked the current and bit.   The rest of the time was one committing suicide from time to time.  So if you hit the right spot at the right time you will kick butt.  The right time seems to be when the wind and current start moving in same direction.  That is always the best condition, but it is just slower than normal when it is not.

Hard to complain though with temperatures in the 70s and water clearer than normal.  Today's catch on the Bay Side was mainly smaller mangrove snapper.  I could see plenty of larger Mangroves, but they were more wary than normal.  Spanish Mackerel were not thick by any means, but we did see them swimming around with lock jaw. 

Since taking a few people out from All Aboard Boat Rentals, they have become big fans of their customers getting a little local knowledge.  Marathon is about the easiest to navigate around, but getting few pointers on navigation, boat handling, basic boating etiquette and fishing 101 seems to reduce the number of aggravated customers.  

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Weather turning to nice after big front

A serious front came through Sunday morning early and blew through Monday, but things are getting unseasonably nice afterwards.

Tuesday I did a mainly back country trip with the crew out of Big Pine.  Unfortunately, the water was really churned up so they didn't get to see stellar action.  Even though it was slow, they had fun with lady fish, blue fish and snapper, but unfortunately there were lots of catfish and a few small sharks.  I really wanted them to hook into something big so we headed back out to the rock piles in Hawks Channel.  Slower than normal but they got some respectable Lane Snapper and a decent Porgie.  It wasn't until we were getting ready to pull anchor and head home that something big finally hit a full size blue runner.  It stripped a hundred years or so of line before becoming unbuttoned.  Probably a Cobia, but since they lost it, it can be anything they want.  I believe they are going to invest in some bigger hooks for bigger bait.

Today was a general rock pile/patch reef tour with a new client.  Still murky water and slower than normal but plenty of action and plenty for dinner.  Since I forgot to verify there was a cast net on the boat, we had plenty of ballyhoo behind the boat that would hit bait rigs.  Murphy was a genius.

Tomorrow is a new day with a new client and a fishing 101. 

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Friday, January 20, 2017

Change of plans - Big Pine Fishing Lodge

I was looking forward to fishing out of the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp, but the rental boat broke and the crew had to fish out of Big Pine Fishing Lodge.  On top of that the weather was so nice we had to go to the reef and beyond instead of exploring the sheltered back country.  Damn the bad luck!

Since the trip was a fishing 101, the catch wasn't all that impressive for the average serious angler but the scenery wasn't bad, especially for guys from Wisconsin who were ice fishing a few days ago.  The reef was pretty crowded thanks to calm conditions so I had to go a bit further than normal to find a semi-private yellowtail spot. The aquarium lit up quick, but 'tailing was a bit of a challenge thanks to filefish, needlefish, blue runners and others that were more aggressive than the 'tails.  We only spent two blocks on the 'tails and left them thinking about biting with maybe a half dozen in the box.

I had mentioned to the guys how lures like short lipped Rapala, bomber long a etc. were pretty effective.  So after doing some deeper dropping and getting a bit off course, we spotted a few fish busting in a current rip.  The crew dropped back what appeared to be a Rapala X-Rap and hooked into a nice Blackfin Tuna. Just about any kind of lure will catch fish down here, but I still get a kick out of dragging "bass" lures around every now and again.


Now I have to wait for more windy weather to show off the back country.  Such is life.  Hopefully, the crew took better pictures and will send a few to me to post.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wooden Bridge Fish Camp

There are tons of great places in the Keys to stay with great fishing, but I look forward to fishing out of the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp especially when it is windy this time of year.

I have some west coasters coming in next week that have booked into the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp, which no longer has a wooden bridge by the way.   The camp is located at the bridge between Big Pine Key and No Name Key across the road from No Name Pub which is about a legendary as it gets.  Big Pine and No Name Keys are the primary home of the fairly famous Florida Key Deer and by boat, Bahia Honda, Spanish Harbor and the Content Keys are right there with sheltered water for most of the trip.  What's not to like?

Now I will probably get some grief for posting what looks like a paid ad, but I love fishing out of Wooden Bridge.  I wouldn't want to live there, but for some piece and quiet with great pizza, fishing, and scenery you cannot find a better spot.

Now I told the guys there is no way I can show them everything in a single trip so this will likely become a multi-day excursion.  I will do my best to make sure there are pictures galore so stay tuned.

Marathon in the Florida Keys and Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp, should be your next fishing vacation destinations. 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

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy

 A nice string of calm days has kept my busy.  Calm days are great for business, but the fishing is generally tougher.  Fish like "normal" and this time of the year calm is nice but not normal.

 When the Carolina Skiff crew makes it to the deep water, it is calm.
 Catching could have been better without all the competition, but half is better than nothing.
 Jacob managed to get this one past the tax collector.

The mutton snapper were a lot small that I expected, but legal and tax free still makes a meal.

 Last legal grouper before the New Year.

More always tasty Yellowtail.

Plus there were more of the usual suspects, Mangroves, Mackerel and a few 'cuda encounters.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas