Fishing Reports & Pics

Marathon Mahi – Nov 7

Out on a trip to try a sword drop. First 8-10 miles not too bad then it got rough. With seas to nasty to drift we look for weeds or birds in about 1000’. Got one diving on the water so I turn the boat and set a troll towards the frigate. By the time […]
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Marathon, Mahi, BFT and a big shark – Oct 21

Quick trip in the windy part of October. Got sister and BIL in town for their first time to the Keys. First day we picked up my new bait catchin machine. . . Next day was windy again so we did the Key West thing.  Again another windy day so we took a long boat […]
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October 2nd Mahi

Back after 2 weeks and the seas were rough, but the fish are there. Had about a 5 hour window headed south looking for signs.  Some scattered weeds in 650 thinker line at 780. Set up the spread and it did not take long before we had a double knockdown. Left long is screening drag […]
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September Mahi, BFT and Sail

Made a afternoon trip to try a new swordfish rig and to catch dinner. Seas were calm and we saw plenty of weeds on the way out.  Stopped at some birds with no weeds trying to pick up some tuna.  Looking for BFT or bonita for bait.  Got a few black fins and one bonita.  […]
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Marathon Snowy – BLT last day

Last day for deep dropping for snowy and blueline tile until next May.  Seas were rough again at 4-6+, it has been blowing all week. Had squid and fresh bonita for bait and headed for an area in between a couple of my spots. First drift started slow but then it got hot.  Using squid […]
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Marathon Blueline tile 8/29

Went out to the new spot to look for snowy and Blueline Tile. Seas were rough at 4-6+, but that was no problem for the World Cat. Had squid and fresh bonita and set up in about 660’.  First couple drifts produced 2 nice BLT on squid. . . Moved spots and made a couple […]
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Marathon Snowy – BLT, Sun, Mon Tues 8/28

Back after about a month at my other business. Got here just in time for the last days of BLT and snowy season. Sunday our target was Golden and BLT so out 26 miles to the 1st spot.  On the way we trolled under some birds and got a bonita, and a couple of tunas. […]
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Combination of a few summer days

This is a late post but wanted to get some pics out with snowy and tile season ending soon. Monday is the last day for Golden so go out and get one. Weather and wind had been cooperating almost every day.  The one day with strong south winds we took a trip back to the […]
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Marathon, Lane, BLT and Triple tail

Got some friends coming down for the weekend to weekend mini season so I went out to do some more scouting.  Seas have been calm last couple of days but the current has been ripping. Made a stop on the reef after snorkeling at sombrero water was dirty and there was a hard east current. […]
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Marathon Golden and Grouper

This was a 3/4 day, with fellow captain Harlan Trammell scouting for new snowy and golden spots. First we drifted a new area for blue line tiles.  The bite was slow but we picked up a couple nice sized BLTs. Now off to some deeper water to look for Golden Tile and maybe a snowy. […]
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Marathon 1st Tile – June 25

This was a 3/4 day, scouting for new snowy spots and getting someone their first tile fish. Started at the dock by netting a bunch of mullet then out SW of the light. Got to 650’ and found a nice 5’ ledge we could drift on. Nothing there and we tried this in a couple […]
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Marathon Tile – June 24

Back from my other office, get in Sunday afternoon and got a couple hours to look for new deep drop spots.  Get fuel and ice and head out with a 2-3 hour window. Mainly looking for snowy, tile spots but I did bring one spinning outfit. Pass a lot of weeds out to 650 and […]
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Marathon Grouper, Tile and Mahi – June 12

Had some first timers down to the keys with no experience fishing. First day got a slow start and the storms forced us back to the dock. Plotter not working, won’t communicate with GPS?? Rigged up my old 740 as a temporary fix. We got back out for a quick stop on sombrero reef. Zach […]
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Marathon Snowy and Mahi 5-23

Slight break in the weather provided an opportunity to take a couple guys out for their first deep drop and search for some Mahi. Stopped on the reef to try for some grouper and muttons first. Put some live bait on the bottom and used a chicken rig to get more bait and see what […]
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Grouper – May 20

Traveling all morning but finally pulled into Marathon and got the boat loaded around 2pm for a quick run to the grouper grounds. Back for a few days and got someone who wants to target grouper.  It was a rough ride with 4-6’ seas on the reef.  Found a good ledge and dropped anchor. First […]
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Tuna and Tile May 7

Monday’s plan was to troll at the hump then back to the deep drop. Smooth ride out meant there would be a lot of boats out there. Approaching we see birds and get the spread out. Seeing many birds but no tunas jumping. Could be all the boats trolling at 20mph chasing the birds. Most […]
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Marathon Tile and Margate May 6

Sundays plan was to stop on the reef before heading out to deep drop. Tried a couple of spots but found little to no current on the reef. Even the grunts were not cooperating. Caught a couple of trunkfish which is hard to do on 4/0 hooks. Did get a good sized margate that went […]
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Marathon Grouper May 5

Other work in the morning so I didn’t get out till noon. Plan was to hit the reef for grouper and look for mahi while running to deep drop spot.  Got to fist spot and not much activity and no current. Work it for a little bit trying to get some bait. It was dead, […]
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Marathon Grouper – May 4th @ 2 for 2

Back out after a couple days at my other job. Only had a small window in the morning so I pointed the cat to a spot east of where I caught the last one. Got anchored up and only showing a few marks but I put down some bait anyway.  With only couple hours to […]
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Grouper Opening Day – May 1st

Grouper season opener and the wind is blowing 15-20 but very manageable in the 32 World Cat. This trip is all about getting a grouper so I had no other bait or gear. On the way out I netted some mullets but the rest of the bait I would catch on the reef. Got to […]
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Marathon Mahi – April 1, 2018

On this Easter trip we set out to target Mahi.  Pointed the World Cat south looking for weeds or debris.  Big temp break at about 400 and scattered weeds.  Stopped by a couple a floaters with only jacks and a small triple tail that did not want to eat. Finally came upon a nice weed […]
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Spring Break 2018

Spring break fishing. Got a good weather day on Saturday so it was off to the humps and then look for dolphin on the way back. Had two teenage boys on this trip that really like tuna and one of them had never been offshore before. The ride out was pretty smooth and we made […]
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March

March which had a lot of wind blowing when we were trying to get out. Also was limited on fishing time because of traveling back forth with my other business.  Finally got my folks down and it blew hard while they were here. Even with rough seas we did make it out a couple of […]
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Feb 5th – Marathon Hump

Got a great weather window and just in time to head to the Marathon Hump. Three of us load up and go looking for pilchards. They were very scattered, but we got enough to fish with on the hump and reef. Cleaned up the mess and headed south. It was a nice boat ride and […]
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Feb 2nd Ceros

Finally back out after some other work and a lot of windy days. Pushed off with neighbor’s son and went on the search for some pilchards. Worked hard at it for over an hour and got the live well stocked up mostly with small ones. It was still 2-4 on the reef but we found […]
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Dec 23 – Jan 4th Groupers, Sail and more

Going to combine several trips into one report. Had some computer problems and a lot of traveling so these are a little delayed. First pic is from December 23rd , seas were rough so we took some live bait and chum to the reef. Water was dirty and the bite was slow. Caught a few […]
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Marathon Grouper 12/22

Had a repeat trip and he wanted to only target Groupers. He brought fresh speedos and we loaded up the World Cat with ice, bait and gear. Headed out NE to the spot we hit last time with good success. When we pulled up the sounder had good marks and we dropped the anchor.  The […]
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Dec 19 HST tuna

Left the dock at 2:30 for a quick stop on the reef and then some high speed trolling. Went to a grouper spot and sounder had good marks so we dropped anchor. Threw out some chum and cut bait. Had several cut offs on the YT rig, switched to wire and no more bites. Soon […]
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Dec 17th Reef

Sunday is the reef day and we started out by putting some pilchards in the livewell. Loaded with good looking bait we headed to some rocky grounds. Went to a couple spots and sounder was not showing much. Green water and no current was not helping to dial in a spot. We finally just set […]
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Dec 16th – Offshore

Had Saturday and Sunday scheduled with 2 great guys. Plan was one day offshore and one day on the reef.  Seas were a little rough but the World Cat can handle the nasty conditions. Saturday was the better of the two for going to the humps and when we arrived we had the place to […]
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Dec 15th Humps

Quick trip to the humps few boats and no birds. We trolled around and picked up several small BFTs. The sharks seemed to get every nice sized one we hooked up. Most from trolling feathers a couple were jigged up. All the small ones you want to clean. Another great day of fishing in Marathon
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Target Grouper – December 2nd

Had a trip with forum member HollywoodJoe and he wanted to target Groupers. He brought fresh speedos and we loaded up the World Cat with ice, bait and gear. Headed out NE to look for groupers and muttons. I had a few spots but have not spent much time on them since Irma. Got to […]
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Friday Dec 1st

With day full of things to get done I had a 3 hour window 1st thing in the morning for fishing. Just got some new trolling lures in and wanted to break them in. Out to 300′ to find good water and temp. Set out the spread and headed west with the wind. First hour […]
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Huge King and some reef action – 11-30

Had group of three looking to bend a rod and catch some reef fish. This was another charter teamed up with Capt Harlan Trammell (Piner Wahoo) www.american-allegiance-charters.com . We run on my 32’ World Cat and he makes sure you keep on the fish.  This started out as a reef trip but with the full […]
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Marathon reef – happy hour – Nov 8th

Had lots of onshore work and catch up for today but I wanted to check out the reef. Around 2pm loaded up and headed out looking for bait. Water still dirty can’t see patch reefs in 10’ of water. Anchored up on a spot that was 12’ dropping off to 30’ hoping for ballyhoo. Set […]
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Marathon Humps – Nov 7th

Another trip to the humps Got a late start but still made to the humps by 8am. Did not see anything on the way out but dirty water for 20 miles. One boat already there and some birds on north edge. Start putting spread out and right rigger goes off before I can get the […]
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10/24/17 The Humps

Target marathon humps Went out with a couple of guys on Tuesday and got met with some rough seas early but the world cat blasted thru. Watching for birds, weeds, debris, or temp change – something that might hold mahi.  Passed by a couple floats but nobody home. One of them had a rope attached […]
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Magic Minnow – Humps 10/8/17

Teaming up with Capt Harlan Trammell (Piner Wahoo) www.american-allegiance-charters.com on some trips. We run on my World Cat and he makes sure you keep on the fish. This trip was with Chris (landshark82), brother Phillip and friend John. We had a great weather window so the marathon hump was our waypoint.  A little bumpy on […]
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Mahi Oct 6th, 2017

Back in the Keys for some more clean up, repairs and a couple days of fishing. We went out to some rough seas but this where the world cat outperforms mono hull boats. Waves were 6-8 and out of the south SE which made heading bumpy.  This was a ¾ day trip so we needed […]
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Sept 24, 2017 – Post Irma

Finally made it back on Thursday 21st 11 days post Irma.  First few days after Irma hit were nerve racking from not knowing what happened. Only a few scattered reports but with no cell service or internet we had no specific news about our home and boat and the initial reports were bad. NOAA posted […]
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Aug 30, 2017 Marathon deep dropping for Tile

Left dock at sunrise with one passenger and goal of getting some tiles and a snowy.  Headed straight for the humps to get some fresh bait.  Stopped 2 miles short on some weeds and caught 6 mahi, 2 were keepers.  Back south again looking for birds and only 3-4 boats at the hump.  We trolled […]
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Aug 28, 2017 slammer today.

Went out with Piner on a hunt and seek mission for more bottom spots.  Goal was to find snowy and tile.  Got a late start and headed south looking for birds or something fishy. Did not see much until we got to about 700’ and came upon a few huge mats.  We trolled by them, […]
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Tuesday July 25th – scouting around

Still working on getting the boat dialed in along with lots of other work going on this summer.  Monday had a few hours so I headed out to check a spot on the reef then out to 600’ looking for deep drop spots.  Reef was full of small YT, by-catch and picked up a couple […]
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Saturday night Fast Food – Marathon 7/22/17

Got a 3pm start because of some other work I had to get done.  Goal was just to take a boat ride and look for dolphins.  Got to first weed line at 240’, drifted and trolled but nobody home. Picked up and headed south. Went passed some scattered weeds and then around 440 found some […]
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New Ride July 21st

First trip in our new World Cat 320CC.  Did not have a full day but wanted to run out to the humps and back to break in the new vessel.  Had nephew Eli who has never fished in salt water.  The boys took watch in the tower once we got to 600 but did not […]
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June 27 Mahi – Tuna

Got a late start because of some work stuff in am.  Weather looked great so we headed south looking for birds. Todays target was Mahi and head to the hump for a quick trip.  Found a weed line at about 700’ with a few other boats working it.  Got in line and put spread out, […]
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June 24, 2017 Mahi Mayhem

Went out with neighbor, his son and SIL only looking for dolphin. Got a couple miles past the light saw frigate working so lines in and we are hooked up right away. It was good fight but a big bonita was not what we were looking for.  Throttle up and head south looking for birds […]
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June 22, 2017 – Rough Seas

Had a trip planned with Bruce – Ankona and Kevin – Kgfisher to run out and look for phins.  Weather called for rough conditions and as we pressed south the forecast was correct with 4-6’ seas.  We ran around looking for birds, weeds, rips, temp change or anything fishy but not much to be found.  […]
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We will have fishing reports coming soon.

Nice porgies, mutton and hog AJ on a 5000 series Trigger, Mahi and lane Cobia Cuda Nice Cobia
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March 22, 2017 The winds laid down and gave us a window to try and find some black fin tuna. This was my last chance on this trip and I was joined by David from Ft. Lauderdale. It was a little rough but as we approached the Humps (AKA the “parking area”) we saw some […]
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