Caught Aboard the:
Matt, Dave and Kent Mahi-Mahi 2011 trip
Today my fishing buddies were again
Matt, Dave and Kent, repeat Goin Off fishin buddies from last year to
and who fished with me on 5/18/2011 a great group of guys to share my
First order of business was to net a bunch of pogies for the
live well which was easily done down south right off the beach near the
Hilton hotel. Today we had Mahi on our mind, but after hearing that
fishing was really slow yesterday I decided to try our luck with the
Amberjack (AJ)on the way out to look for Mahi. First stop was the lead
wreck, and after giving a bucket full of pogies to Capt. Frank Pawela on
the Emerald Seas, one of my local competitors, but good friend, Kent
dropped a live pogie on the wreck which was quickly inhaled by a 56
Next stop the another ship wreck, the Cities Service Tanker,
where Matt caught a 25 pound AJ on a butterfly jig and I got a 55
pounder hooked up on a butterfly jig for Dave as well. After catching
the AJ's we moved on to our chasing the Mahi.
Mahi fishing was a little slow as I had expected but we
changed tactics to trolling ballyhoo and managed to finish our day with
four Mahi-Mahi between 8 and 22 pounds. Unfortunately today we alson had
another "big one that got away" story as well. We had just finished
catching our last Mahi, Dave's jumping Mahi, and as usual while I was
preparing the boat for the run home I cast a live pogie out in case
there was something hungry around. As it turned out a dolphin I
estimated at over 35 pounds inhaled the pogie and the battle was on.
Kent did a fine job playing the fish for about 45 minutes. Unfortunately
we lost it on what would have surely been its final run when it chewed
through to 80 pound fluorocarbon leader and got away. I hate it when
that happens, but, that's fishing.
Final tally for the day:
4 Mahi-Mahi to 22 pounds
3 Amberjack to 56 pounds
Kent's all bowed up on an Amberjack,
first fish of the day.
A 56 pound Amberjack for Kent.
Dave bowed up with his Amberjack.
Dave's 55 pound Amberjack.
Matt with his 25 pound Amberjack
ready for the gaff.
Matt bowed up on one of our Mahi-Mahi.
Dave's bowed up on a Mahi-Mahi
You can see it jumping in the background.
Dave's jumping Mahi, zoomed in.
Kent fighting the bull dolphin
estimated at 35 to 40 pounds.
Kent, Matt, and Dave with the catch of