Another amazing day offshore on the Outer Limits is logged in the book once again. This time our good buddy John from northern Pennsylvania, did all the arm work. During his “Spring Break” week down in Key West, John experienced some of the finest offshore fishing that the Keys has to offer. From Sailfish to Tripletail, the spectrum was covered. Being no stranger to Keys fishing, John has seen the best and worst of what the ocean and weather can offer, however his fishing trip this year was as good as it gets for a few days.
First, the fun started with some light tackle kite fishing for Sailfish. Not but just a few minutes with live baits in the water and we were hooked up. After releasing a few Sailfish, the rods bent over with drag screaming from other species. Kingfish, Dolphin, and Bonitos were all working around the same area as the Sailfish, and were regular visitors to our baits. A handful of releases and another handful that we jumped off, plus a few nice Mahi-Mahi for the table, and we went home with heads high.
The next trip out just a few days later was a slightly different approach although the players were still in the game. We decided to do some trolling in hopes to cover some water and focus on catching Wahoo and Tuna. As these species are constantly on the move, trolling offers a chance at “heading them off at the pass”, so to speak. No sooner than the baits were put in the water were were getting bites. Over the next few hours, a plethora of Blackfin Tuna, Mahi, and Kingfish were in the box, then the fun really started. The Wahoo and Tuna were going airborne. Every mile or so one, if not more of these two tough competitors were literally coming out of the water after our baits. The action was awesome, to say the least. By the end of the day, John had tired arms and some great memories for sure.
A beautiful couple of days offshore, and some amazing fishing… what could be better?
Here are some of our clients’ recent memorable catches from some great fishing trips lately. Hope to see you in one of these photos very soon! Call Captain Jay @ 305-923-1043
Lindsey had the fight of her life with this nice Wahoo
This stubborn Sailfish made Ricky put in some work!
Almost lest than perfect conditions had been the norm. for the last few days, yet finally the forecast called for 15 knots, which was going to be somewhat of a break from the consistent 20+ knots of gusty winds in the last few weeks. The beginning of the trip for our Ohio crew started with some reef fishing, but first we needed to catch some bait. Within a half hour or so and a couple throws of the cast net, we had a well full of live ballyhoo. The reef has many visitors through ought the winter, most of whom rely on the ballyhoo for a substantial food source. Fish like Mackerels, Grouper, Kingfish, Jacks, and Barracuda all feed on them, but the one fish that seems to be a true sucker for for a ballyhoo is the Mutton Snapper. The reef had met us with crystal clear water which gives most fish an advantage of better eyesight, thus making for some very weary fish, yet the live bait prevailed. The fish were hungry, let’s just say that every bait that went out, was a bite. Now, with some nice fish in the ice box, and many others released, we set out to deeper water in hopes of a Sailfish.
Kite fishing for Sailfish can be one of the most visually exciting techniques of fishing for bluewater species. By holding the bait on the surface of the water, just deep enough for the bait to create a wake, this method of fishing brings in all sorts of bluewater predators, who attack the bait on the top of the water for everyone to see. However, when there is nobody who wants to eat our pilchards or ballyhoo we switched gears and moved.
After just a few minutes of putting lines back in we were hooked up to two Blackfin Tuna, then again, and again. We were in the tuna pretty good. These little 10-20 pound balls of muscle are always a fun fight! A few more went into the ice, and our crew decided to call it a day. Once back at the dock, and the fish filleted, the Boathouse, as always prepared the catch perfectly. Literally, just steps away from the boat and minutes after it left the cleaning table, a beautiful presentation of fried Mutton Snapper and seared blackened Tuna was set before our crew. Now thats what I call great end to a good day!
While fishing with her husband Glenn aboard the Outer Limits, Sissy bested a 25 inch, 5 lb. Yellowtail Snapper on a live Ballyhoo. The pair had a plethora of fish thru ought the day, including; Mackerel, Jacks, Muttons, Groupers, all along with a dozen big Barracuda releases. Fishing is starting to get hot!!
by Captain Jay
Despite adverse weather conditions over the past week, we have experienced some highs and lows in the fishing. Saturday, was a sure high, as we managed to put together a stellar trip offshore, yet Friday was not. On their annual charter aboard the Outer Limits, the boys from IN usually take a 1/2 day in the afternoon and then a full day the following day. The plan of attack in the first trip was to target Sailfish as there was a stretch of beautiful blue water just to the south of KeyWest. The whole trip proved to be extremely slow as we fished with live bait for hours with only one mystery bite, then switching over to trolling ballyhoo for the last hour or so, catching just a few bonito.
Covering a lot of area, and having not seen a Sailfish the following day was met with a little more emphasis on just getting some action. I decided we would fish in a different area 15 or so miles from the prior afternoon. The day started out anchored up with a little bottom fishing. Having very little current, the boys still managed a few nice fish on the bottom and some big Bonitos on light tackle. After a few hours we decided to head south and look in the bluewater which was just a mile or so south. With the good amount of East wind we had, the kite went into the air and some large pilchards hung from the clips. The bite was on in a matter of ten minutes as we were hooked up to a Sailfish. As this fish is screaming drag, a second Sailfish eats one of the baits in the kite and we are hooked up with another unfortunately jumping that fish off after a few minutes. After a great fight on 20lb spinning gear, the Sailfish was released. High fives all around, and it was back to fishing. Ten more minutes go by and we are hooked up to another which ate the kite bait. This fish was on a mission, stripping over 1/2 the line off the spool. Once the battle was won by the angler and released, two more bites ensued which we released one more Sailfish and jump off the other to go 3 out of 5.
After a furious bit of action with some sails, Grant tells Cory that now it’s time for a Tuna. With a chuckle, Cory touches the reel and says that he will with them over to tuna mode. “Ask and you shall receive” as all of a sudden our baits were exploded on by Blackfin Tunas and we were instantly doubled up. These fat little balls of muscle put some work on the boy’s arms, before both fish met each other in the ice box.
Now with a great day of fishing we headed home with heads high. These guys sure have had some good trips with us, as last time, we released a White Marlin. Another great trip, and I can’t wait to see what they will catch next year!