Nate and Tim walked up to the dock on Monday. Two guys in their late 20’s from the Boston area. They were staying up the Keys, east of Marathon. The north winds were a bit breezy on Sunday and come Monday morning the weather was pretty much the same. They had chartered a boat out of Hawks Cay, which will remain nameless, for Monday morning and upon arriving to the boat the Captain told them the trip was going to be cancelled due to high winds. So, unexpectedly having the day off, the two decided to drive the hour and a half to Key West. Upset by having been cancelled on a day that they felt like they could have gone out, they booked a full day on the Mr.Z for Tuesday. The winds on Tuesday were out of the east and the temperatures back to the high 70’s. Now they say everything happens for a reason, well in this case it was for the best. Within the first hour or so into fishing the lines started going down. Mahi Mahi was the culprit. By mid day the two guys were in them pretty good catching quite a few nice schoolies. Then, wham the rigger goes down with a slammer; a big cow was pulling drag. Tim takes the rod and goes to work. After battling the beast for a little while the fish was on Steve’s gaff and in the box. What a day, they had a bunch of fish in the box, a trophy for Tim, and plenty of fillets for the table.
The very next day the Mr.Z’s sister ship the Outer Limits had a full day. Hoping the rip was still in the same area they headed southeast in search. Just like the day before on the Mr.Z the rip was still there. A weed line on the edge of the rip stretched as far as the eye could see. Within minutes of being on the rip, Richard Miller and sons Luke and Jake were already winding in Mahi. A few schoolies at first, then a couple nicer ones, and then a nice bull crashes the short bait. Luke is on it and the battle ensues. Cory gets a great shot with the gaff and in the box to meet his cousins he goes. This 25 pounder put up one heck of a fight for the 17 year old boy from Albany, NY. What a day for the Miller’s, including Captain Jay who has the same last name. A box of nice Mahi and a couple small Wahoo.
On the same rip, at the same time, the Mr.Z was having another great day of fishing with their own crew from New York. Niagara was the home of our buddy Vinnie and his crew. While the Outer Limits was having their day, the Z was busy putting Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and Skipjack Tuna in the box as well. What a rip, producing plenty of fish for all.
Now the following day, which is Thursday, our neighbor at A&B Marina the Triple Time embarked on their trip in hopes to also find this rip. As luck would have it the rip was still there. Mid morning, having been on the rip for a few hours they hit the jackpot. A 300 pound Blue Marlin came into the spread and she was hungry. Having her choice of 7 different offerings she committed to eating a Ballyhoo and the fight was on. The fish spent most of the fight on the surface giving all the clients an aerial show of speed and power. After a short duration, Captain Joe put Dave on the leader and the Marlin was safely released to hopefully give someone else the same enjoyment in the future.
What a Rip! Three days of great fishing in the same area offshore. It doesn’t get much better than that. Now if only that rip was there every day…