We've seen a handful of real quality mahi here the past week. I know of 4 big bulls weighed in at Bud n' Mary's throughout the week including a 40 lber on the Catch 22, a 44 lber on the Gimme Jimmy, a 46 lber on the Relentless and we managed a 57 lber on the Bn'M II! These monsters are heard earned, and there's no guarantees you'll find one, but when you do you'll remember it. The one we caught on the Bn'M II was the biggest one I caught here my entire life, so it just goes to show you that any day can be the day where you get the catch of a life time. Overall the mahi fishing has been good. There's been a few slower days where some boats struggled, but the good news is there's been quite a few blackfin tuna around, which they were able to catch around the humps. I would say the boats are averaging 15 - 30 mahi per day, including schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, quite a few "gaffers" in the 6 - 12 lb range (big enough where we use a gaff to boat them), and there's been a few slammers each day spready out amongst the fleet. When you fish for mahi it is similar to hunting, where you have to look hard many days and "hunt" around. It may be quite for hours, but if you find that one piece of "magical debris" or a set of birds, you can make your entire trip in just one occurence. It takes patience, and you can't give up easily. There's also been some sharks around lately, including some big dusky's, hammerheads, and we caught a rare big eye thresher shark the other day while daytime swordfishing. The daytime swordfishing has been a little tough the last week, but we did manage one nice fish a couple trips ago around 160 lbs. We've been having some summer thunderstorms passing through each day, but after a little rain and clouds the sun has been coming back out. I think we will keep seeing the mahi the next few weeks with consistency, so give us a call in the tackle shop and let us set you up with an Islamorada Offshore Charter boat. 305 664 2461.
Capt. Nick Stanczyk
57 lb bull mahi on the Bn'M II with anlger Marshall Dodson in the center.
Fearless with a bunch of schoolie mahi and a couple gaffers
Catch 22 with a handful of "slammers" including a 40 lb bull and plenty of nice schoolies
3 nice slammers at the same time for Cloud Nine
350 lb big eye thresher shark before release
pair of "football" blackfin tuna. Great for sushi or the grill!
Reef shark for this young lady on the Buzz On
Predator with a nice slammer, some schoolies and a few snappers
Nice swordfish for Michele
"munster hunter" capt. Dave Jones on the Gimme Jimmy with a 44 lb bullhead
46 lb slammer on the Relentless