Yesterday, I had the pleasure of taking siblings Vickey, Rick, and their Uncle Jerry out on the water for fishing and sightseeing. Their family has an annual tradition of enjoying outdoor fun together! Vickey started the day with oysters on the half-shell! Rick pulled in a sheepshead, and also a rare Florida Under Armour floater. Vickey matched his sheepshead with one of her own, while Uncle Jerry pulled in several croakers. I learned a lot about Pittsburgh from them, and they got the opportunity to see some of historic Florida, along with the unspoiled wild Florida. We topped the day off with a great meal at Captain's BBQ!
I had a great time yesterday with Jacqueline and her Dad, Howard! She learned how to maneuver the rod and reel, and became quite the castmaster! Within the first few minutes of the day, Jacqueline started by pulling in a 17½ inch redfish, which was just a little too small to keep, but fun for her to bring in! Her Dad continued on, as he was not about to be skunked! He caught a mangrove snapper, and then he closed the day out with a 19 inch redfish, which he and Jacqueline took home for dinner! What a fun day with them!
Phyllis has become quite the "ladyfisher", pulling in this hungry one while keeping her shrimp ready for the next cast!
Henry started our week with a taste for oysters using bait to try and catch some crackers and hot sauce. Joe followed up with a flounder appetizer, but threw him back so he could grow into later meal size. Henry then fed a mangrove snapper our last shrimp.
Fishing was a little spotty yesterday.
Boston loves his dog, Auggie, but yesterday, decided to spend some time with some catfish and some whiting. A small seatrout was pulled in as well. Debbie had the catch of the day with an 8-pound, 27-1/2 inch redfish, and on the next cast, pulled in an under-slot red. To round out the trip, on the way back to the dock, we saw a small pod of porpoises that decided to give us a show and jump out of the water, spinning as they jumped. It happened so quickly, we weren't able to get any photos of them, however, it was a great day on the water!
Monday was near perfect on the water! Crystal caught a jewel of a spotted seatrout, a nice overslot fish to start our day! Patrick followed up with a seatrout of his own! The day continued on with catches including a small black drum, mangrove snapper, and catfish. One of the bright spots of the day was when a small manatee swam right by the boat. We had a great day on the water, and then finished with BBQ at Captain's BBQ!
My wife, Phyllis, caught two spotted trout, she threw her hook in, and pulled them both out. Such a great day on the water with beautiful weather!
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to fish with Tom, President/CEO of Nark-O-Lures, and Bob, Senior Engineer of Nark-O-Lures, manufacturers of hand-tied Buck Tail Jigs. The wind and the waves couldn’t keep these fish under the surface: a 14-inch redfish, a 15-inch trout, and a wily Jack Crevalle. After a few pictures with this team, the fish were returned to live on and grow! Another fish, a shy catfish, refused to have its picture taken and was returned to the water to escape the weather.
Last Friday, Amber, Ginger, and Timmy came aboard for a cruise and some fishing. On this trip, I taught Timmy how to fish. On his next trip, I’m going to teach him how to catch! He hooked into a very large fish, however, it broke the line! We had a great time, and he loved being on the water!
The first day after July 4 started my first charter, and to make it more special, I was able to take a great friend of my father along with his grandsons on this first charter. Grandpa watched the grandsons catch a small redfish, some catfish, and some mangrove snapper, but then he stepped up and pulled in this nice 17.5" flounder! Way to go Grandpa! Although grandpa pulled in a nice flounder, one of his grandsons was proud to share his redfish before throwing it back to grow up.
Several days ago, Henry told his bait to invite some fish for dinner. The invitation was received by these 14-inch juniors, so they were released to go back and tell their larger relatives the invitation was meant for them.
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In the wake of flooding from Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria stirring things up off the coast, the water level at low tide was higher than I’ve ever seen. The fish must have gone into hiding from the storms, however, Joe and Henry managed to catch a few stray cats.
While fishing with Paul and Debbie yesterday, Debbie caught the most fish, and the most variety of fish, however, Paul drummed up a nice keeper, which he let me take home for dinner. This black drum was very delicious, with some butter, some lime juice, and some Everglades seasoning!
Returning clients, Tom, President/CEO of Nark-O-Lures, and Bob, Senior Engineer of Nark-O-Lures, manufacturers of hand-tied Buck Tail Jigs, braved the weather this morning to get out on the water. Bob contacted me prior to going out because the radar didn’t look good. We did see, however, that the storm front was moving through quickly, and that by the time we reached Bing’s Landing, we would have a nice window of weather in which to fish. After a slight drizzle, it turned out to be a beautiful day! Bob caught a pearl of an oyster, but didn’t find a jewel in this one. Tom, however, showed Bob how to do it with ladyfish, bluefish, and a flounder. Bob managed to bring in a catfish and a whiting, so at least he wasn’t skunked. Tom was getting hungry and almost ate his last fish, so we came in and enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Captain’s BBQ! We had a great time, and I look forward to Tom coming back next year for more adventures!
Yesterday, Tony was my first international customer. He lives in New Zealand, and was here visiting his family in the Orlando area. He wanted an opportunity to experience fishing while here. We had a great time on the water, and he was excited to catch some trout and sheepshead. He is an avid kayak fisherman, and I enjoyed learning about him and his country.
I took Don and Chris out on the water yesterday. Although it was very windy, and somewhat choppy, Chris ended the day with the first fish caught, the most fish caught, and the heaviest fish caught. The pinfish, which was slimy to Chris, was the first fish she had ever held, so she elected for me to hold her ladyfish while Don took a picture of it. I enjoyed taking them out on the water and look forward to taking them out again.
Tropical Storm Emily's departure gave Jim a nice breeze in which to catch this nice 19.5 inch, 3 pound, Back-To-School doormat! Knowing that being skunked is for the birds, Jay brought in a Sea Robin, which spread out it's "wings" for this picture, before being let free to soar back to the bottom of the flats for it's next meal.
Had a great time fishing with Debbie today! She brought in a few catfish, then pulled in a Black Drum. It wasn't a keeper, but it was fun to watch her bring it to the boat.
Tuesday’s weather was near perfect on the water. Patty started the morning with a little catfish, and then pulled in a stingray, which we kept in the net for a photo. Jeff snagged a little trout, and then another catfish. Right before Cliff pulled in this jack crevalle, he had the largest ladyfish I’d ever seen on his line, but after a quick dance on top of the water, the ladyfish threw the hook. Too bad we didn’t have a camera ready for that! After fishing, our day became even more exciting. We took a tour trip up the river, and on the way back to Bing’s Landing, we came upon a stranded boat and were able to assist them in getting help. Captain’s BBQ awaited Cliff, Patty, Jeff, and Sue after we docked!
While Ty and Erica caught mangrove snapper, catfish, and ladyfish, Jim pulled in this mutton snapper, and also woke up this oyster and pulled it off its bed. The redfish and flounder, however, decided to rest and took the Labor Day holiday off.
See our catches below!
Last Friday, as I was baiting a hook, I asked the shrimp to invite a fish to dinner. His invitation must have been cordial, because he came back with this delicious flounder. Sauteed in butter, with a little salt and pepper, he was paired with a plate of steamed shrimp, which was a nice addition to happy hour! Debbie caught a trio of reds on three consecutive casts, one right after the other! Although they were underslot, it was nice to see them hitting the bait! The weather and water was just about perfect!
Last week, I had the pleasure of taking Ray and Cathy out on the water. They came down from Connecticut, and were staying in St. Augustine for vacation. They mainly wanted to do some sightseeing, with a little fishing mixed in. They got to see dolphins, the clam farm, Fort Matanzas, and some beautiful scenery! I kept asking Mark why he wasn’t catching any fish, and he said probably because his name was Ray. We all had a great laugh from that! After spending time on the water, we finished the day with some great barbecue at Captain’s BBQ. Can’t wait for them to return and go out again, and maybe, Ray “Mark” will catch some fish!
Pam gets the credit for taking these pictures from our trip on Monday. She was the oyster aficionado, pulling in two and hoping for pearls! Henry had the best seat in the boat, and I believe I actually heard him purr when he pulled this catfish out of the water! Phyllis didn’t catch any fish on this trip, but she caught a great lunch at Captain’s BBQ, compliments of Henry and Pam!