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Mahi Mahi have been coming through the area with fish ranging from 5 to 15 pounds being caught. The best bite has been during the morning trips during and just after a stiff north, northeast of east wind blows for a couple of days. The fish have been caught by anglers fishing different depths of the water column and various distances from the vessel.
Catches have been mixed with King Mackerel, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, False Albacore, Atlantic Bonito, Triggerfish, Porgies and Snapper. With so many large fish around, many anglers are opting to fish with the sardine or drift rigs instead of bottom rigs. Can you blame them?
The pulpit gets a little crowded with a double header going on. Here a Sailfish fights (r) as a King Mackerel makes a long hard run (l). In the end the King Mackerel was boated while the Sailfish was left in the water for photos and for the utmost safety of the fish then the leader was cut at the hook. Anglers not wishing to keep their catch should inform the crew so all unwanted fish may be released as quickly and safely as possible.
Sharks continue to prowl the waters like the Nurse Shark below which was caught and released during an afternoon trip. The fish was estimated to weigh about 200 to 250 pounds. Other sharks such as Bull and Hammerhead continue to patrol the reefs in search of wounded or hooked fish, sometimes following an anglers catch right up to the boat.
VIP angler Mark R. displays his first Wahoo caught earlier in the week while fishing aboard the Lady K. The fish was one of four fish hooked during both the morning and afternoon trips with all the fish hitting sardines while on the drop or just drifting along with the rods in the holder. This fish is ranked at the top of the list when it comes to table fare and makes excellent sushi. Excellent job Mark!
Maggie had a magnificent catch for a 10 snapper limit including Lane snapper, Mangrove snapper, Yellow-tail snapper and a beautiful Mutton snapper. She also had a lot of fun catching jacks, bluefish and hooking into a few larger fish which eluded capture. Thank you for a wonderful time Maggie, the crew looks forward more great catches.
Some large Mutton snapper like this 10 pound beauty caught by Norman L. (l) have been coming aboard the Lady K by anglers free-lining sardines while smaller fish in the 3 to 6 pound range are being caught by anglers spooling the bottom. Ask your mates or captain for instructions on how to spool and use the various rigs to help boost your success.
The King Mackerel action has been on and off with many small fish under the 24 inch size limit being released, yet large mackerel like this 24 pound fish have been finding their way to the gaff and the barbecue grill for some lucky anglers.
For service with a smile plan your next offshore excursion aboard the Lady K and let our clean, professional crews help you and your family enjoy the day with education, free advice and occasional humor. Everything you will need for a four trip is included at a price of less than ten dollars per hour, a great deal in today’s tough economy. Is this your day to catch that big one aboard the Lady K?