Posts Tagged ‘kingfish’

Big Kingfish today

Monday, December 4th, 2017


Today’s trip was with Chris Howell and Dave Majoros from Penn. We started out trolling lures down the reef line as we had a great bite there yesterday. Before long we had caught several mutton snappers. Unfortunately¬† due to the recent size limit change from 16″ to 18″ we had to send them home to grow larger. We then decided to troll offshore searching for mahi – mahi but before getting out to the likely mahi area the seas began to grow larger and the ride became uncomfortable. Back to the reef to troll for kingfish. After a short time we started to get strikes but as luck would have it we were missing them all. Then one of the planner rods tripped and up came a very large yellowtail snapper. This large yellowtail hit a ballyhoo and IIlander lure combination trolled in 100′ feet of water over a wreck. A very rare occurrence!!¬† As we checked out the yellowtail the other planer rod went off and a big kingfish surfaced after a good fight.

 

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.

 

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.