Archive for November, 2017

Mahi – Mahi on spinning tackle

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Monday’s trip was with Jeff and Brenda Fudge visiting from Quitman, Arizona. Again 15kt winds out of the NE prevented us from venturing far offshore in search of mahi schools. Plan B was to troll south down the outside edge off the third reef then set up for kite fishing over an artificial reef and try for a sailfish. Usually several kingfish are caught during the trip south but today fishing was tough and we had only one good strike that unfortunately spit the hook. Once over our target area the kite and live baits were deployed. Shortly thereafter our bottom rod bent over and up came a nice bright red mutton snapper. After staring at the kite baits waiting for our sailfish to appear, the two spinning rods on the upwind side of the boat started to peel off line and a couple of mahi began jumping and putting on quite a show behind the boat.


Sailfish steals the show!

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Sunday’s trip was with the Hughes family from Wisconsin. Here to see their daughter Alison compete in a basketball tournament. Wind was out of the north and the plan was to troll south to the Tenneco artificial reef and try to pick up a few kings on the way down. The bite was pretty good and although we missed several bites we were able to put 3 nice kings in the boat. Once in the proper position in about 230 feet of water we set out the kite and fished 5 frisky live baits. We suspended several live baits from the kite and let them splash around on the surface to attract sailfish, kingfish, mahi, tuna, amongst others. 2 spinner rods were deployed on the upwind side of the boat, and one bottom rod with a live pilchard was dropped to the bottom. Before to long a sailfish was sighted about 10 yards behind the boat swimming towards our kite baits. We all held our breaths as we waited for a kite line to go screaming off. unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the sail disappeared into the deep blue. We later made a move into 180 feet and re- set up the spread. Shortly thereafter one of the 20lb spinning rods went off and a sail was up and jumping. This sail made some fantastic acrobatic jumps before coming to the boat for a quick photo, measurement (87″) and release to fight another day. Brandon Hughes did a great job landing this fish on a light tackle spinning rod.

The Hughes family Amie, Ben, Denver, Alison, Eric, and Brandon with a beautiful sailfish.




Kingfishing on the reef

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Saturday’s trip was with the Robert and Janet Kowal. Winds were from the NW on Saturday. Seas close to shore were very calm because of the effect of the land blocking the wind. Looking out towards the horizon though large lumps can be seen as high seas develop due to the north wind running into the north flowing gulfstream current.  Luckily we are able to fish the outside edge of the third reef on days such as these in relative comfort. Trolling south off the Diplomat hotel in Hollywood we found an area that was holding fish and caught several nice kingfish.