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Fishing Report and Key West Blog

Sport Fishing Key West

Fishing Report and Key West Blog

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

 I came home from fishing yesterday and my sweetheart, (who is wonderful) met me on the front porch with a tall cold Rum & Coke. Usually this means some things up, Last time she had painted the Kitchen without asking my opinion, (she’s got good taste, it looked great), so some sort of major decorating change was my first suspicion. I was wrong. Lo and behold she had acquired two inflatable "fat, pink Ballerina" costumes for fantasy fest and we were going out for the Friday night “local’s parade starting in 45 minutes. There is no doubt that I love this woman. I would not go out in public as a fat, pink Ballerina for anyone else in the world. Anybody that knows me and saw me was surprised as I am known for wearing the lamest costumes if any. Many, Many pictures were taken...........................there goes any hope of every running for political office!

 

Friday, October 30th, 2009

It's the slow time of year in the fishing business so we haven't been fishing much. I've been playing "landlord" and getting a vacant apt ready to rent. We did fish today on a 6 hr trip. We caught live ballyhoo for bait easily and a few nice Cero Mackerels while we were anchored getting the bait. Drifted for a while looking for a Sailfish but never saw one and we weren't getting any bites from other fish either so we decided to go to the reef and get some action. It was not red hot, but decent, got a Mutton Snapper, some Yellow Tail Snappers, some more mackerels and released some Barracudas and Jacks. We've got 4 trips this week so we should have more to report.

 

Saturday, October 18, 2009

It's the slow time of year for charter boats, so we haven't been going out too much lately. We fished yesterday for the first time in a week and had a good day. It started out a beautiful day, light west winds and calm seas. Fishing was slow at first, but we finally got into some Black Fin Tuna around 10:30 and picked up a nice Wahoo too. We finished the day with some bonitos and a Cero Mackerel then had to run through the leading edge of a squall line being pushed by a cold front. There were some impressive water spouts all along the leading edge  and then some torrential rain we had to run through, but that's what they make foul weather gear for. Gave the boat a good washing and it was sunny again by the time we got to the dock.

 Dan, who has been mating for me this summer has finished up his "tour of duty" with the Southbound and I thank him for a great summer. We caught some really good fish and had a good time doing it. Ben, who has been working with me for the last 2 winters returns on Wednesday. He's been in Portland, Maine since May working his boat and business, Go Fish Charters, catching stripped bass and other "cold" water fish. Usually, Ben's "summer" is from Oct. - May when he's in Key West, 'cause it's warmer here in the winter than it is in Portland most  summers, especially this past summer from the reports I've heard. Wouldn't you know it, but it looks like Ben is bringing the cold with him. We had our first cold front pass through the Keys last night. We needed it as temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's is too hot for this time of year even for Key West. Woke up this morning and it's a "frigid" 68' outside........where the hell did I put my parka? The nice thing about "cold" weather in Key West is that even if it's cool/cold here, it's still usually warmer than anywhere else in the country.  Looking forward to another great winter of fishing with Ben

 

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Been back in Key West a few days and today was my first fishing trip since we returned. I could not have asked for a better day. The weather was beautiful, and the seas calm. We started out fishing for yellowtail snappers and at first I was a little nervous. We could see the bottom in 65 ft of water and usually that's too clear for yellowtail. Fortunately, we chummed heavy and the fish bit well. We caught over 30 nice yellowtails and also a 12lb Cubera Snapper. Around noon we decided to troll and see if we could catch a Wahoo, Tuna or Sailfish. It was just one of those days where everything worked as planned. We caught a Wahoo, a Black Fin Tuna, 3 small dolphin AND a small Sailfish. If everyday went like that, my hair wouldn't be near as grey!! It felt good to be out on the water again

Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2009

Arrived in Llafranc, Spain yesterday. We drove from Barcelona. It’s about 90 Kilometers; I’m not sure what that is in miles. Thank god for GPS. We would never have made it without one. Llafranc is a small resort town on the Brava coast in Northeastern Spain. Beautiful rocky shoreline coming down to beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. Our hotel is right on the beach and we could hear the waves from our room all night. I get the feeling this is one of the places where the rich and famous of Spain and France come to play. Many incredible houses all up and down the steep rocky shore line. Ema stopped in to talk to a local realtor just to compare prices to Key West. From what we could tell, it’s still cheaper here.

the rocky coast of North Eastern Spain    View of Llafranc, Spain from nearby hillside

Sunset from castle ruins near  Llablanc    Steep rocks going into the sea on the coast

We got up early this morning and drove to the town of Cartdedue to go on a Globus, or as we call it,  hot air ballooning. It was great. Perfect day for it. We drifted gently from one end of a valley to the other, at times we were treetop level and at another point we were over 2,000 ft high.  It was a great way to see the Spanish country side after spending most of the earlier part of our vacation in Madrid and Barcelona.

                Inflating the  balloon                            Looking down from the gondola
                                        The  balloon is starting to inflate                                                                                                                            Ema and I are ready to go!

                                just before liftoff                                    Spanish countryside as seen from hot air balloon
                                            Here we are as were preparing for takeoff                                                    This is the view from the balloon at the highest point of our trip

Going Diving this afternoon. Looking forward to it, but the water is cold by KW standards.

Tomorrow we got to the coastal town of Sitges for our last night in Spain       

 

 

Friday, Sept. 25th, 2009

Leaving Barcelona Today. We’ve been here for 3 nights and it’s a great city. It’s smaller in terms of population than Madrid, but it feels bigger, more “city-ish” if that makes sense. Our hotel, once again is in a great location. We’ve been walking through many of the old city streets and shops and restaurants. The Food in Barcelona is the best of any place we’ve been so far. Maybe we just got lucky, but we’ve eaten in Tapas bars, the local market counter and nice restaurants near the port and all have been very good.

 

                                    Segrada Familia 1                                               Segrada Familia 2  
                        Two views of the Sagrada Familia. This section was done by Gaudi.

You could stare at it all days and keep seeing something new in the details

Small Part of Segrada Familia
                Part of the Facade of The Segrada Familia.            

We spent yesterday touring some of the more famous sights in Barcelona. We started at the Sagrada Familia, an amazing cathedral that was designed by Gaudi, a famous architect/artist. The building has been going on decades, with long periods of inactivity during WWII and also the 60’s. Gaudi is long dead, but construction is in full swing and I’ve never seen a “half- built” building that was so impressive. When it’s done, and that’s estimated to be another 20 yrs, it will be one of the most amazing buildings on earth. Pictures don’t do it justice, but I’ve got a few anyway.           

   

We also visited La Pedrera, a famous apt building also designed by Gaudi. The man was ahead of his time and had a style all his own. Again pictures don’t do justice, but they help

 

We didn’t have anything scheduled for yesterday, (no tours) so we took a day trip to Montserrat, a monastery built on a mountain. Incredible feat!! To think of building large stone buildings in the days of horse and buggy or donkey carts is amazing enough, but to do it thousands of feet up a very steep and rocky mountain is simply amazing………..I can’t say Why? But it’s amazing none the less.

        Half way up on cable car  Standing at the Cross with Monastary in background
                                Looking up toward the Monastery as we ride the cable car.                                                             Ema and I with the Monastery in the background

 

          View of the cross from Monastary            closeup of corss            Ema and I at the cross
                            To give you an idea of the scope of this place. If you look at the first picture,  you can barely see the Cross in the distance. The small center picture shows it better.

We leave for the coast today; we have a hot air balloon ride on Saturday. We should get some great pictures on that.

 

 

 

Monday, Sept. 21st, 2009

Hello from Marrakesh, Morocco!

stanting next old well

We left Spain yesterday, (Sunday) after 3 great nights in Madrid  and arrived in Marrakesh, Morocco around noon. Sunny, warm and dry. I feels like a very nice winter day in Key West. The sun is hot, but very comfortable in the shade. My Sweetie and I have been traveling a bit lately. Going to new places and really enjoying it. But Morocco is by far the most exotic place we’ve ever been. So totally foreign compared to living in the U.S. No, I take that back. Living in Key West is foreign compared to living in the rest of the U.S. Morocco is worlds away from anything remotely close to Key West. Different language, Arabic and French. I haven’t found many people that speak English. Different money, still haven’t figured out the exchange rate yet. I THINK its 8 dirhams to the dollar. Only the coins don’t all have numbers you can read, so you have to know the differences by size and color. The bills are Ok, varying in size and value like Euros so they’re not bad. It’s still a bit confusing especially since I was just getting the hang of Euros.  All I know is we just spent 585 of them for dinner!!

                variety of treats in for sale in market square                          Ema, our guide, Jamil and local pharmacy staff
                This is one of the nicer looking market stalls with a variety of treats for sale                       This is the "Parmacy" The man on the right makes the medicines from the contents of the jars        

Anyway, we spent the afternoon at the central square of Marrakesh. Guys in turbans, women in Burkas, (sp?), Beggars, Merchants, A guy with boxes of live monkeys, snake charmers, real cobras no less. Oh yea, did I mention the people on scooters? They’re everywhere, darting between people in the narrow alley ways between the stalls of merchandise. It’s crazy!! It was very crowded as today is the last day of Ramadan. At 7 pm this evening, after a month of fasting from sunup to sundown, everyone, (Moslem) can chow down again. The Square was bustling with merchants setting up grills and food stands hoping to make a profit when the sun goes down. Everything from oranges to goat’s heads and I mean real goats heads….Yummmmmm!! The mixture of smells of all the different foods with different spices was totally foreign but very interesting.

Old woman          Water merchants        I'm  in Morocco, so I'm wearing a snake, I don't know why
              Old Woman                                                            These guys sell water to locals and the daring on hot days                                                 Real snake, not a cobra

Not too many Americans around as far as I can see and I get the feeling Ema and I kinda’ stand out as Yanks. (Of course, My NY Giants T-Shirt might have been a giveaway). Definitely got our share of attention from the beggars on the street.  This place like something out of an Indiana Jones movie

On Second thought, Beggars, Street performers, people dressed in bizarre clothes……….maybe not so different from Key West after all?

One more day and night in Morocco and off to Barcelona on Tuesday

 

 

Saturday, Sept, 19th, 2009

Hello From Madrid, Spain. Very cool city, We arrived Yesterday, (Thursday) and are still a bit jet lagged due to the 6 hr time difference. Flights all went well but American Airlines has nothing on Air France. Last May we went to Greece on  Air France and there is no  comparison. Seats were big and relatively comfortable, service was great..... and the drinks were FREE!!   American Airlines had a smaller, less comfortable plane, Flight attendants were pleasant and the drinks were more expensive than many bars in Key West. But we made it. Didn't get much sleep due to the uncomfortable seats so we crashed pretty hard when we got here. Fortunately, Madrid is a "late night" City,  (I've heard all of Spain is ) Things don't really get going until 10 or 11 pm. Many restaurants don't even open until 8:00 pm. I don't know when  they start winding down, 'cause I'm not much of a late nite person. Too many years of leaving the dock at 7 am I guess.

Spent the day on Friday in Toledo, the original not the one in Ohio. We took the High speed train from Madrid to Toledo. Europe's mass transit system is excellent. Clean, comfortable and efficient. Had no trouble finding our way around. Toledo is an amazing little town. We had a private tour guide, only way to go. You would miss so much with out a guide and I don't like being headed around like Cattle. Our Guide, 'Nando, was incredibly knowledgeable  and passionate about Toledo.  Built on the side of a hill and  surrounded on 3sides by a river, the town, had great strategic importance in ancient times. At different times, it has been run  by the Romans, the Visagoths,(sp?), the Moores, (Moslems) and the currently Christians. I'm not much of a church go'er,  but, the Cathedral was breathtaking.  The architecture, the carvings,, the artifacts and icons, the art work were all beautiful. I don't know anything about art, but even I recognized the names of the master that painted some of the pictures,  Rafael, Greco and many others. Unfortunately, your not allowed to take pictures inside, so I can't show you what it looked like, but I doubt pictures could do it justice anyway. If you ever get the chance to go to Toledo, (again the original, not the one in Ohio), I suggest you go.

Main Gate to city of Toledo, Spain       Our Guide 'Nando and My Sweetie Emalyn at one of the gates to the city of Toledo  
                                    Main gate of Toledo, Ancient walled city in central Spain                                                                                Emalyn and our guide, 'Nando, at one of the city gates

                Cathedral of Toledo, Spain                          "Clock" entrance to Cathedral of Toledo, Spain
                        Partial view of the Cathedral of Toledo front entrance                                            Side entrance of the Cathedral known as the "Clock Entrance" because of the clock above the arch.

Unfortunately the city  is so closely built, you can't "stand back" far enough to fit many of the buildings in the pictures

 

Saturday Morning- had a guided tour of  Madrid. Not near as old as Toledo in many respects, but a very cool city. Very nice mix of old an new. We've done a lot of walking around the area  near our hotel. We lucked out in that regard as we are near many of the shops, squares and sights you would want to see as a tourist. There is some sort of big festival tonight called la Noche en Blanco, or the White Night. Not sure exactly what it's about, but we're going to enjoy it just the same. We haven't been parting very hard at all, but I have noticed that there are not a lot of rum drinkers  here, must  be a tropical thing. Not a big deal, besides the wine is very good ;-)

 

We leave  for Marrakesh, Morroco on Sunday.

 

 

 

Sunday, Sept.14, 2009

Not much going on right now. Business is pretty slow, but that's to be expected in Sept. There won't be many fishing pictures to publish for the next few weeks because Emalyn, my sweetie, and I are going to Spain and Morocco starting Wednesday. I'm going to try to keep the website and Blog updated via my laptop during the trip. I don't know how how the internet connections will  be, especially in Morocco, but check back and see how we're doing

Sunday, Sept.6, 2009

Welcome to a new feature on my website - The Southbound Fishing Report and Blog. I decided to make it both a fishing report AND a blog because I've got so many regular customers who want to keep up on what's going on with the fishing in Key West and also what's going on in Key West itself.

Fishing has been fairly slow in recent weeks, both business-wise and catching-wise. Business-wise, it was a good season. I didn't count how many trips I ran, but I know I ran better than most and for that I'm grateful. Many, Many thanks to my regular customers. Your repeat patronage and faith in me has sustained me for another year. That's good enough for me, in this business you just gotta' take one year at a time.

The best fishing as of late has been anchored up and yellowtail snapper fishing. Yellowtails are a relatively small snapper, 3 lbs is a large one, but it is one of the best eating fish you'll find anywhere, white, flaky and not fishy tasting at all. Sharks have been a bit of a problem because they like Yellowtail too. We've had to refrain from using our 12lb spinning rods, they're more fun, but you can't boat the yellowtails before the sharks get them. 20lb spinning gear seems to have enough "umpff" to muscle them in .....most of the time. We haven't been fishing for the sharks much, but if anyone wants to catch a shark, this is a good time to try. Mostly Caribbean Reef sharks, Lemon sharks and a occasional Bull shark. They are a lot of fun on 50lb tackle.

 

School has started and Key West is very quiet right now. It's Labor Day Weekend and I've only had one call for one seat all weekend. To be honest, I've got plenty of projects to keep myself busy between now and when things start picking up.

That's all for now. I'll try to keep posting on a regular basis ;-) promise!


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Sunday, Sept.6, 2009

Welcome to a new feature on my website - The Southbound Fishing Report and Blog. I decided to make it both a fishing report AND a blog because I've got so many regular customers who want to keep up on what's going on with the fishing in Key West and also what's going on in Key West itself.

Fishing has been fairly slow in recent weeks, both business-wise and catching-wise. Business-wise, it was a good season. I didn't count how many trips I ran, but I know I ran better than most and for that I'm grateful. Many, Many thanks to my regular customers. Your repeat patronage and faith in me has sustained me for another year. That's good enough for me, in this business you just gotta' take one year at a time.

The best fishing as of late has been anchored up and yellowtail snapper fishing. Yellowtails are a relatively small snapper, 3 lbs is a large one, but it is one of the best eating fish you'll find anywhere, white, flaky and not fishy tasting at all. Sharks have been a bit of a problem because they like Yellowtail too. We've had to refrain from using our 12lb spinning rods, they're more fun, but you can't boat the yellowtails before the sharks get them. 20lb spinning gear seems to have enough "umpff" to muscle them in .....most of the time. We haven't been fishing for the sharks much, but if anyone wants to catch a shark, this is a good time to try. Mostly Caribbean Reef sharks, Lemon sharks and a occasional Bull shark. They are a lot of fun on 50lb tackle.

 

School has started and Key West is very quiet right now. It's Labor Day Weekend and I've only had one call for one seat all weekend. To be honest, I've got plenty of projects to keep myself busy between now and when things start picking up.

That's all for now. I'll try to keep posting on a regular basis ;-) promise!