August/September fishing

Bahama star was released!

     Its been a while since my last report, so this should  be a long one.  The end of the summer is fast approaching.  Tropical storm hermine brushed by us last week and left a lot of stirred up water around key west. The last few months have been very busy with charters, lobster season opening, and everything that comes with having a soon to be 1 year old girl.  I want to say thanks to everyone who fished and came diving with me this summer.  Now that kids are back in school, it should slow down in Key West  for the next 6 weeks or so.  This time of year most charter boats do any big projects that need to get done.  Having already tackled two of these this year (all electronics and a completely new steering system) I'll be good with a bottom job and some new vinyl on my bolsters.  Also most of my tackle was upgraded this year, and the new reels are fantastic!  As for the fishing.....

We had an excellent mangrove snapper bite this summer on the reef.  Some days we got our limit in under 30 minutes with fish up to 6lbs.  Some days were a struggle with sharks and cudas, but we seemed to have more easy days then tough ones.  Offshore fishing was slow. No other way to put it. We didn't see many dolphin, and the tunas were hit and miss.  There have been occasional wahoos and sails around, but scattered and inconsistent.  The wreck fishing continues to be good. and with all the wind from the storms the past few weeks, the channels and backcountry fishing have been a life saver. I fished in the channels the last two days with the high south winds.  We had some nice snappers for dinner, mostly muttons and yellowtails, and some big sharks.  We caught a 9ft. Tiger shark yesterday, which is always pretty cool to see.  The lemon sharks are still biting pretty well in the lakes and basins, and the nice thing about those trips is the calm water.  When it's blowing 15-30 knots its nice to be able to go hide and still manage to catch big fish and dinner.  If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor.