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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

 

Another Sailfish Release!

Sailfish Release

 

 

Lindsey's Big Hoo

Lindsey had the fight of her life with this nice Wahoo

 

Sailfish Release for Ricky

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.Jenna's Mutton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.La Mer

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!!Sissy's Big Yellowtail Snapper

A Good Bite Happens Fast

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. Avid Red GrouperAfter 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.Sailfish Release

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.Grant's Blackfin

 

Duffy's TunaNow 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!

 

On a recent charter aboard the Outer Limits, one lucky angler had an awesome morning. Jen, from the Philly area, along with her husband and their friends were looking to target Sailfish. The conditions have been conducive for Sailfish fishing, however the water quality to procure Live Bait for us has not. At the beginning of almost every trip during the winter months, we try to catch live bait such as Pilchards, Threadfin Herring, and Ballyhoo. When these baits are unavailable, we switch gears and troll dead bait. Ballyhoo, trolled naturally, and at the right speed can can almost mimmic their live brethren.

Our trip started out with some Bonito bites almost right away. Then, all at once, three lines come out of the rigger clips, all with a Sailfish on them. Jen who jumps in the chair with the first fish, happens to be the only one to catch one as the other two went away. With almost perfect technique she battled the billfish into submission, and once boat side, a healthy release was made to the majestic fish. For years, it was common for fishermen to pull billfish out of the water for photographs, but I have seen too many people who have damaged fish over the years with improper handling, so now, our fish are never hoisted completely into the boat.  As the fish swam away, high fives all around, and the spread of baits were deployed into the water again.

As another hour ticked by, the crew was interrupted by a handful more Bonitos and a few Mackerel. Nearing a sunken wreck, the down rigger bait bends down and screams out drag. This now being Jen’s turn again, she jumps in the chair and begins working on the reel. Slightly different from her first Sailfish, this fight was acting more like a Wahoo, staying below the surface. As the fish neared, and having never jumped, like Sailfish love to do, we suspected a Wahoo, but to our surprise up swam a Sailfish. This fish was hooked in the very front of the bottom jaw, which we have seen identical fights from Sailfish hooked this way in the past.Lower Jaw Sailfish Jen's Two ReleasesAnother healthy release and our lucky angler has not just her first ever Sailfish, but also her second. As the boat was tied up in the slip, Jen told everyone that she felt bad for the rest of the group for them not getting to land a Sailfish, but actually she wasn’t because when she goes fishing back home she never catches anything. Well today, you are top hook girl!