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Lady K VIP angler Rob (l) caught this large Great Barracuda on an ultra-light spinning outfit while fishing for Yellow-tail Snapper during an afternoon trip. Barracuda are a top predator and can be caught in shallow water as well as around wrecks, reefs and deep ledges. These large fish will eat just about anything and its not uncommon for anglers to watch as their king mackerel, snapper, grouper or bonito gets cut in half by the barracuda’s razor sharp teeth as their fish nears the boat. Barracuda can grow as large as six foot and weigh in at over 100 pounds, although the average fish will measure around 36 inches and weigh about 15 to 20 pounds. Nice work Rob, can’t wait to see what you catch on that jig in the upcoming year.
Now that grouper season is open, shallow water grouper like this Redhind Grouper can be invited home to dinner. These small grouper rarely exceed over four pounds and love to feed on sardines as well as cut squid.
VIP angler Werner fished aboard the Lady K during an afternoon trip and bagged several nice Yellow-tail Snapper. Yellow-tails will hit a variety of baits fished on or near the bottom. They can be caught while drifting sardines, using cut squid on bottom rigs or with jigs tipped with either squid strips or shrimp.
Donald (l) gets a lending hand from mate Chessy after boating a beautiful Black-fin Tuna this week, just one of many caught throughout the week. Black-fins from 7 to 40 pounds have been caught by anglers drifting whole and cut sardines.
Fred (r) caught this beautiful Snowy Grouper during a deep-water drift on a morning trip. The fish ate a sardine spooled along the bottom. Other anglers also caught Vermilion Snapper, Red Porgies, Yellow-eye Snapper and large Almaco Jacks. Very sweet catch Fred!!
Favorable conditions have brought some excellent fishing to anglers during the evening trips. King Mackerel, Black-fin Tuna and Cobia have been feasting on sardines but beware, there are sharks out there looking to feast on your catch as well.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner so the entire staff at BarJack Fishing and crews of the Lady K wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. Tight lines and good fishing to all of our lady anglers!!
A foggy morning lays out a surreal feeling for a wonderful day of fishing. What a way to start out a morning trip. With a shifting westerly wind the anglers fishing aboard the Lady K found Red Grouper to 10 pounds, Mutton Snapper to 7 pounds, Yellow-tail Snapper to 2 pounds, Strawberry Groupers and a host of other reef fish eagerly awaiting baits fished on or near the bottom.
V.I.P. angler Andrew bagged this nice 20 pound Gag Grouper while fishing during an afternoon trip aboard the Lady K. A few of the big fish eluded quite a few anglers but many other fish were also caught. Yellow-tail Snapper to two pounds, large Gray Triggerfish to 6 pounds, King Mackerel to 6 pounds, Rainbow Runners to 10 pounds and some assorted reef fish made their way into the cooler. There were also three Cobia caught and released. A possible sign of things to come?
A few summer-time dolphin (mahi Mahi) and football sized Black-fin Tuna have been delightful catches aboard the Lady K during late July. Anglers fishing both light spinning outfits and boat rods can catch these tasty fish by reeling their baits close to the boat when the fish show up alongside the Lady K.
During the right conditions, snapper fishing has been great during the evening. Young Matthew caught his limit of Mangrove snapper to bring home for dinner and had fun catching plenty of Jacks, Grunts and Porgies throughout the four hour trip. Cut sardines have been the best bet for the Mangrove snapper while cut squid has proven deadly for Lane snapper.
Schools of Kingfish have been showing up during late July and are being taken on all three daily trips by anglers fishing sardines all throughout the water column. Fish to 25 pounds have been caught during the morning and evening trips while average 8 to 12 pound seem to feeding during the afternoon.
Great Barracuda are toothy predators which enjoy dining on Kingfish, Snapper and other game-fish as they are being fought up to the boat. Sometimes they will eat dead sardines drifted over the reef like the one pictured above did on an afternoon trip. Anglers should make sure to bring plenty of sunblock and water to drink while fishing during these next few months of summer, especially during the morning trips.
June has been bringing a lot of smiles aboard the Lady K with very good catches of Snapper, Cobia, Tuna and many other gamefish found in the home waters off Boynton Inlet – the fishing grounds of the Lady K.
Our mate Spencer gives VIP angler, Jack, a big thumbs up for a nice 40 plus pound Cobia caught during an afternoon trip aboard the Lady K.
This group of anglers fished an afternoon trip and caught a box load of Yellow-tail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove (Gray) Snapper and junior VIP angler, Max, caught his first ever Cobia aboard the Lady K. The afternoon rain showers haven’t cooled off the fishing – it’s just making it hotter.
Sunday morning brought a big surprise to another one of the Lady K’s junior VIP anglers. Julie caught this 46 pound African Pompano while reeling in her sardine just as the motors fired up for a move back offshore. Excellent job Julie!!
On Monday morning the Lady K took Ken out deep for his Black-fin Tuna which he caught on a perfectly matched spinning outfit. Along with the Tuna a nice 20 plus pound King Mackerel was found lurking out in the deep water as well as some False Albacore.
Mark nabbed this 8.75 pound Mutton Snapper while spooling the bottom with a sardine while fishing an afternoon trip last weekend aboard the Lady K. He also took home some nice Yellow-tail Snapper as well. Great job Mark!
The afternoon trips have also brought some summer-time sailfish releases to the Lady K with quite a few sightings of free-jumping fish being spotted by anglers fishing both day time trips. Peanut and schooling sized Mahi Mahi have also been caught during the breezy afternoon trips where rip currents and weed patches build up so have a light spinning reel rigged with a single hook at the ready.
Keep an eye out during this time of year for the best opportunity to witness many of the different species of sea turtle which breed, bask and feed on or around the local reefs as they prepare for their nesting season.
Father’s Day is just around the corner so why not get your dad, brother, grand-father or uncle a Gift Certificate, the perfect present for that special angler in your life. A little get-away from the everyday fishing aboard the Lady K!
A full box of fish came back to the dock after a Friday morning trip. Anglers caught their limit of King Mackerel along with a Cobia, Yellow-tail and Mutton Snapper, Rainbow Runners, Banded Rudderfish and False Albacore. The fish hit triple hooked sardines and ballyhoo fished either on top lines or while spooling the bottom.
Junior VIP angler Max caught his seven pound Mutton snapper while fishing a ballyhoo on a knocker rig just before Easter. We didn’t know the Easter bunny knew how to scuba dive!
Anglers spooling the bottom with bait-fish or fishing jigs tipped with either cut squid or fresh shrimp have been catching their limits of Yellow-tail Snapper. Other snapper species that have also been produced include Mangrove (Gray) Snapper, Lane Snapper, Mutton Snapper and even a few Dog Snapper.
Anglers fishing during the night trips have been landing King Mackerel up to 30 pounds while fishing light wire leaders and fishing various depths. The evening trips are a cool alternative for those anglers who wish to beat the heat but don’t forget that the afternoon trips are also very cool while fishing under the shade of the boat with an ocean breeze caressing your face.
May is just around the corner and the crews of the Lady K are looking forward to a another great month of fishing. Come join the excitement with your family and friends today fishing aboard the Lady K!
The year of 2010 earmarked some great catches aboard the Lady K. Anglers fished all through many different conditions, from cold blustery winter days, into those hot and humid still summer mornings, beyond the rain-soaked choppy conditions of tropical storms – here are just a handful of memories from throughout the seasons of 2010………………………..
A mild South Florida winter day saw this 50 plus pound wahoo come aboard the Lady K during a January afternoon trip………….
Winter also brought some smoker sized King Mackerel over the reefs of Lantana, Florida – many larger than the anglers who caught them…..
The hard cold days of February and March brought resplendent smiles to those who landed large African Pompano……….
Bottom fishing during the winter always brings a unusual visitor up from the depths – who could forget Jenny’s Febuary Flying Gurnard?……
Early spring brought cool mornings and warm afternoons, but the fishing was hot with King Mackerel, Dorado (dolphin), and Cobia showing up……….
Big spring time Mutton Snapper found their way home to dinner after the mid-day sun warmed things up a little……………….
Cobia were in full force during May with the Lady K limiting out at six fish per trip and Dorado in the mix………………
The big Black-fin Tuna started showing up at the end of May and continued pushing anglers to their limit throughout June…………..
Full boxes of fish kept everyone busy, both on the rail and at the cleaning table………………………..
Summertime brought us some great night-time fishing with Mangrove snapper and King Mackerel……………………………….
along with quite a few double-digit Mutton Snapper during the afternoons……………………………
The Bull Sharks did eat quite a few nice fish before they could be brought aboard the Lady K, so remember this summer to REEL FAST – REAL FAST……………………………….
What a Snag…………. during periods of heavy rain, freshwater is flushed out through spillways to prevent flooding and during these times it’s not unusual to see fresh water fish floating in the ocean. This Largemouth Bass was barely alive when it was ”snagged” by an angler using a guppy rig while fishing close to the Boynton Inlet aboard the Lady K and really surprised the entire crew.
July and August saw many anglers catching their limit of Yellow-tail Snapper aboard the Lady K……………………………
August also brought some hot Wahoo fishing to anglers fishing both “flat” lines on spinning outfits and while using boat rods…………………
Early September is when these big Mutton Snapper can be found out deep as well along the shallower reefs…………………………
October brought Black Grouper aboard the Lady K as well as a fall run of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish…………………….
The beautiful copperish-gold color of the Schoolmaster Snapper marks Florida’s changing colors for fall………………………..
November starts the fall run of Cobia such as this 30 pound fish caught aboard the Lady K. The fish generally migrate along the beaches during the fall and winter following large stingrays but will also stray out over the areas wrecks and reefs in search of baitfish……………………
Fall Dorado average between 6 to 15 pounds and always light up the rail with excitement as they flash their colors and display wonderful acrobatics. Dorado can be caught during the winter time but will usually be smaller “peanut” sized fish…………………..
November King Mackerel will average between 8 to 10 pounds with a few fish in the 20 pound range taken by anglers using triple hooked sardines. One of the best ways to catch kings is to set your line out and leave the rod in a holder, waiting for the reel to scream……………….
November brought some big swells to the Boynton Inlet and some good fishing was to be had beyond the break……………………………………
Many colorful ornamental reef fish, such as this Queen Triggerfish, have been photographed and released by anglers fishing the waters of South Florida for the first time. There are over 200 different species and sub-species combined of reef fish found in the home waters of the Lady K but only a small fraction of them are caught on hook and line.
Rays like the Cow-nosed Ray pictured above and Southern Stingrays (below) are an uncommon catch aboard the Lady K. Large specimens are cut loose at the boat while smaller, more manageable fish may be brought aboard for a quick photo opportunity before being released.
Near freezing temperatures in December brought plenty of football sized Black-fin Tuna aboard the Lady K by anglers fishing chunk baits, small sardines and while trolling between fishing spots.
Not every day of December was cold. There were plenty of mild days filled with sunshine and offshore surprises such as this large Ocean Tally – an excellent eating member of the Triggerfish family and one worthy of a photo for the bragging board.
Winter time Mahi Mahi averaged four to six pounds but sometimes a 20 plus pound fish can be found underneath a school of smaller fish. King Mackerel and wahoo are also frequently caught under schools of small Mahi during the winter months so don’t be afraid to drop a bait 20 feet or more below a school of fish – you may be rewarded with a big surprise.
Sailfish are a winter by-catch for the Lady K and sometimes the vessel will see multiple hook-ups of this majestic gamefish both before and after a cold front moves through the area. Have a camera ready for some spectacular acrobatics during the battle or when the fish comes up to the boat flashing colors of neon blue, purple, silver and gold.
We hope you enjoyed the snap-shots of some of the great catches, both big and small, brought aboard the Lady K during the 2010 seasons. It has been a privilege for all of us at BarJack Fishing to serve all of the anglers who have fished with us this past year and we look forward to continuing the commitment of professionalism, education and safety to make everyone’s offshore fishing experience relaxing, fun and memorable.
And what would the Lady K be without some photos of our Lady anglers and junior (K)ids division?
A very good student! The young lady on the right caught her fourth fish ever after receiving instructions from the crew, what a nice Wahoo!……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
A thumbs up review for a first time King Mackerel catch, great job!……………………………………..
A Cow-nosed Ray surprised this young angler while fishing a bottom rig with cut squid…………………………………………
D is for Dolphin and Delicious and Delightful and a job well Done……………………………………
Light spinning tackle and some small Dorado were the perfect match for some hot catch and release action, great job Dillon……………
Crestwood Middle School show off their catch during a field trip they took aboard the Lady K during the fall. The Lady K is also the official vessel for the West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation “Kids Fishing Day” during the summer and we look forward to our 24th year!…………………………………………………..
Bonito (aka False Albacore) are hard fighters and sure to give any junior angler a memory of a lifetime just about any time of the year. Although the fish are generally caught during the summer, they can also give anglers a battle during the fall and winter as well……………….
Fishing is about building memories with family and friends, giving children the chance to experience achievement and opening their minds up beyond video games or other inept and inert activities. The young man above battled his first ever Mahi Mahi for 15 long minutes being encouraged by his family and the entire boat to continue when he thought he couldn’t do it, the reward was accomplishment and a great memory sure to last a lifetime!
In closing, everyone at Barjack Fishing would like to thank all of our patrons for choosing the Lady K as their vessel of choice for fishing southern Palm Beach county and allowing us to help build fond memories of quality time with family and friends alike in the old traditional Florida way - fishing. We look forward to an exciting 2011 fishing season with all of our anglers, young or elder, novice or experienced and residents or visitors; it is our pleasure to serve you and all your fishing needs.
Happy New Year!!!! May your dreams become accomplishments and your prayers be answered.
Father and son give big smiles as dad’s dolphin flashes a resplendent shade of gold in the afternoon sunshine pictured above. Both anglers display their catch back at the dock ( below ), making the trip a great family memory for years to come. This dolphin ate two other baits without getting hooked and proving that the third time’s a charm.
This junior angler was very proud of his Rainbow Parrotfish that he caught and released while fishing a bottom rig baited with cut squid.
With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to purchase Barjack Fishing gift certificates for the Lady K. A perfect gift for every angler in the family. Gift certificates are available at our ticket booth seven days a week during the following hours: 7 am to 8 am or 12 pm to 1 pm.
Some of the students from Crestwood Middle school display their catches of Mutton snapper, Kingfish, Gray Triggerfish, Porgy and a Pomfret which were taken while fishing triple hooked sardines during a chilly December morning field trip. Some students also caught and released Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks up to three feet long while also having a chance to witness a free-swimming Sailfish as it cruised past the bow during their offshore excursion.
The Pomfret is a very unusual catch aboard the Lady K. The fish can be caught during the months of December and January by anglers using sardines or small jigs tipped with squid. The Pomfret has bright silvery sides when first taken from the water and are good table fare.
Face to face with one of the ocean’s most acrobatic gamefish, the Dolphin a.k.a. Mahi Mahi or Dorado. The Lady K has been catching a few of these schooling sized fish weighing up to 15 pounds this week by anglers letting out their lines or sight casting to them when a school appears at the boat.
This “bull” or male Dorado is distinguished by the broad, flat head and high dorsal “sail” or fin. This fish was taken on a medium-light 12 pound test spinning outfit using a 30 pound leader, circle hook and a chunk of sardine.
Happy Birthday! The birthday boy caught this “cow” or female Dorado during his birthday party aboard the Lady K. He caught this fish using one of the boat’s rods rigged with a sardine. This was the first fish caught and it brought a small school of fish to the boat during the battle, including the bull pictured above this photo.
The cow Dorado is characterized by its sloping head and smaller dorsal fin. They also don’t grow as large as the bulls which can exceed 80 pounds.
Dorado are very colorful fish and are excellent table fare making it a very common fish in the market or at restaurants. When a school of these fish approach the boat, start reeling your baits toward the boat to present the bait to the fish.
A Frigate bird circles above, a tell-tale sign that Dorado or other gamefish such as Sailfish, Wahoo and Marlin may be lurking under the cobalt blue ocean. These magnificent sea birds gracefully glide along and wait until any predatory fish start pushing baitfish, such as ballyhoo or flying fish, up to the surface. Once the baitfish is at the surface, the Frigate will swoop down to snatch a meal, quite often from the fish jaws!
Anglers wishing to target this wonderful gamefish should plan either a morning or afternoon trip. Other fish being taken during both trips have included Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel and Gray Triggerfish. Plan an outing today to see what surprises await aboard the Lady K.