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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
See our catches below!
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!
Fishing was slow this morning, with only a sailcat, several regular cats, and a sea robin. The most exciting part of the morning was seeing this Florida submarine surface to stalk a bird. He was rather large, about 10 feet long. Not sure if he ever caught the bird, but he wasn’t shy about getting his picture taken.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
While others were having margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, I was on the water yesterday with Frank and his son Matt, getting some good fishing in before the storm front came roaring through. Frank’s first fish was a toothy lizard fish, which didn’t stick around long enough to have his picture taken. Frank followed up with some catfish, and then Matt joined in on the fun pulling in some cats himself. A nice Jack Crevalle gave Matt a good fight. Frank pulled in a sheepshead, which, unlike the lizard fish, was not sheepish about having his picture taken. On Frank’s last shrimp, he caught a nice appetizer, a mangrove snapper! After loading the boat and cleaning the snapper, we went into Captain’s BBQ right as the storm front hit. Normally, we like to sit on the porch for lunch, but the rain was coming in sideways! All in all, it was a very fun day! I look forward to taking them out again.
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.
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!
Fishing was a little spotty yesterday.
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My brother, David, drove all the way from New Mexico to go fishing with me. Yesterday, we had a great time fishing in different spots! We started off with some small catfish, and then David caught a scar-mouthed croaker. Someone had obviously hooked him before and tore the hook right out through the front of his mouth. The fish did not want a front view posted online, but agreed to a side view. David then had a great time pulling in a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, and then belly-hooked a pinfish. I caught a sea robin, which took my shrimp, but I got my hook back. In another spot, the flounder were biting, and David pulled in dinner, not for him, but for us, since he was traveling. (It was delicious coming off the grill last night!) He hooked several more, but they played Houdini and disappeared when they got near the boat. At one point in our day, the tables were turned. A greedy dragonfly spotted me and decided he would try to catch me and carry me off for his dinner. It was about a ten minute struggle for him, but I guess he finally realized I was overslot, so he had to throw me back. Since David provided dinner, I treated him to lunch at Captain’s BBQ. Always delicious! We had a great time, and I’m glad I got to spend the day fishing with him!
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.
Today, I had the pleasure of taking Weston and his mom, Kelly, fishing and sightseeing. They were in Palm Coast on vacation from Illinois, and we had a great time together. Weston was such a cool kid, fun to talk with, and he knew a lot about fishing! We were hoping to see some dolphin and manatees, however, it was so hot out there, they decided to stay deep underwater where it was cool. Kelly and Weston caught a variety of fish throughout the morning: a lizard fish, a sea robin, a flounder, a couple of jack crevalle, a spotted seatrout, a sand seatrout, and a whiting. At the end of the trip, they cooled off at Captain’s BBQ with a nice lunch. It was a great day on the water!
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!
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.
Phyllis has become quite the "ladyfisher", pulling in this hungry one while keeping her shrimp ready for the next cast!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.