3 Black Grouper On One Trip!

October 2, 2017

The fall fishing has officially kicked off, although you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures.  Each day it is still getting into the 90s and we are patiently waiting for the first round of cold fronts to cool things off and bring some sailfish into our area consisenty. In the meantime, the fishing has been absolutely awesome. I would credit it mostly to the disturbance of hurricane Irma shaking things up.  There has been a lot of debris offshore along with bait and birds giving away the location of the fish.

On a recent trip, we had some great anglers in town that had a banner day.  We did some trolling for kingfish and got several along with a few bonita.  The limit for kingfish is only 2 per person, so with a limit we decided to switch it up and do some bottom/wreck fishing.  When you book a 6 or 8 hour trip, you give us the opportunity to try many different tactics that we couldn’t do on a 4 hour trip, so keep that in mind when you are booking your trips.

Our captain pulled up to one of our honey holes to see some great marks on the fish finder.  We knew there was some fish home and it was just a matter of time before they would bite.  We proceeded to catch not 1, not 2, but 3 black grouper!  The anglers did great putting the heat on the fish to pull them off their holes.

Black Grouper

These fish are absolutely gorgeous out of the water and quite the trophy catch.  They taste even better.  Back at the dock we filleted the fish for our anglers and they went home with some full coolers!

Black Grouper

This has been the story on just about all our sportfishing trips.  Lots of kingfish with the occasional sailfish, cobia, mahi and wahoo.  There was a nice NE wind out there today, so I expect the sailfish to bite a little better this week.

Aboard the Lois Ann, our drift boat, the bottom fishing has been great. Remember there are no fences in the ocean, so even though the price is only $45 to get aboard, you still have the opportunity to catch kingfish, mahi, cobia, and even sailfish!  And that is just what has been happening.

Our captains have been inching the boat out a little deeper to get on a hot kingfish bite and this has been the result:

Coming back into the first reef we have been getting on a great snapper bite as well as numerous species of bottom fish.  Just check out the haul from our group on the 5 hour night anchor trip:

The catch of the week goes to our angler Doug from Nevada.  He reeled in an awesome 50 pound amberjack and elected to tag and release it for conservation.

That about catches us up.  We are fishing 3 trips daily all week and now booking up October and November.  If you would like to go fishing, please give us a call.

Tight Lines,
Captain David


Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!