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Excellent weather is on forecast for this weekend. Hope to see you!

November Fronts

The fronts have brought good fishing with catches from Mahi, Cobia, Kingfish, and Snapper. The oceans have calmed substantially and this upcoming week is expected to bring warm days and calmer seas. We hope to see you on one of our three daily trips!

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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.

 

Veronica (upper right) received a nice Hogfish as a present by the captain to help celebrate her 17th birthday. Her party also caught some nice King Mackerel and had a good time fishing aboard the Lady K. Happy birthday Veronica!

This 34 pound bull Mahi Mahi gave Lady K teen angler, Austin, a nice fight after the fish hit in 50 feet of water. Austin said he felt a fish tap his bait when it hit the bottom and as he reeled, up came this big bull. After the fish was boated, other anglers noticed something “kicking around” in the stomach of the fish and it was assumed that the fish ate a blue runner that may have initially hit Austin’s bait. Back at the cleaning table everyone was surprised to see a whole 16″ Mutton Snapper come out of the fishes stomach. Excellent catch Austin, sure to be a memory of a lifetime!

 VIP angler may not have used a Mutton Snapper for bait but sure had his hands full fighting this beautiful 20 plus pound Bull Mahi Mahi on 20 pound spinning tackle.  Impeding cold fronts and strong east winds have been pushing the Mahi Mahi in and anglers fishing aboard the Lady K have been catching the fish while either flat lining or using one ounce sliding sinker rigs and sardines for bait. Fish from 5 to 25 pounds have been taken along with large Gray Triggerfish to 7 pounds, Cobia to 25 pounds, Grouper to 20 pounds and Yellow-tail Snapper. Sharks have also been taking their share of anglers fish so be sure you reel fast, real fast.

Don’t forget that BarJack Fishing has gift cards available for the holiday season at out ticket office. The ticket office is open seven days a week at the following times: 7 am to 8 am; 12 noon to 1 pm; and at 5 pm to 6:30 pm. So quit racking your brain trying to figure out what to get that special angler in your family, a gift card to fish the Lady K is a perfect present for under the tree.

 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.

Even small fish bring big smiles!

 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.

On a family vacation from England, this novice angler shows she has what it takes to catch fish as she proudly displays her King Mackerel. The family is visiting relatives here in Palm Beach County and chose to explore the waters from “across the pond”. They were very pleased with the experience, learning a lot about Florida’s marine ecosystem and amazed at the diverse amount of fish species our waters hold. During the trip they got to witness sea turtles basking at the surface, giant moon jellyfish drifting by and witnessed a small pod of wahoo that swam around the boat reluctant to feed on any of the baits the crew members and other anglers offered them. An experience their family will be sure to remember – how about yours?

 Some of the 6th grade students from Crestwood Middle School display the fish they caught during a field trip aboard the Lady K. The young anglers caught fished with both sardine rigs and bottom rigs to land king mackerel, filefish, snapper, jacks and a host of other reef fish.

 Barjack Fishing promotes educational trips such as these for students in an attempt to promote catch and release fishing, the importance of persevering sea life and education of the vast aquatic ecosystems found along the Palm Beach county coastlines.

 Please feel free to contact us about chartering the Lady K for your school’s field trips on any biology or marine biology subjects. Educating our children today about the importance of Florida’s diverse marine ecosystems will help preserve these precious resources for generations to come.

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