Rough seas yesterday, and cold green water up north today kept us fishing close to the island the last two days.....Yesterday Tom Palmers wife Cheryl & Ricky Dickens wife Debbie each caught sailfish in challanging conditions.
Today Charles Spangler & Brian caught 6 sailfish out of 8 bites....Charles hooked a couple of them and they fish again on Thursday....tomarrow we burn some fuel going back up north with our fingers crossed!! img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://obsession-charters.com/cutenews/data/upimages/IMG_0038cheRLESS.jpg">
After two blow days, very unusual for this time of year down here, we ran up north in rough sea conditions but did not find a lot of life but still managed to pick out a pretty good catch....Tom Palmer and crew released 12 sailfish, including a double header around some birds and a triple header to end the day trolling
We were 65 miles from Isla Mujeres today.... as far as we have ever been, but the fishing was again sensational.... Brian McAvoy & crew had non stop action around birds and balls of bait....one or two at a time but they released 41 sailfish by 1:30 and we headed in early as we had a long long head sea ride going home.
Joshua Bauer, Capt David Grubb & crew had fantastic action today as we ran 60 miles up north....The guys released 45 sailfish, most around several bunches of birds, but some caught trolling including a triple header and a wild 6-banger, in which we pulled off several others but had everyion hooked up and caught all 6 of them.....the guys are all good anglers and hooked all the fish themselves! We also boated 2 35# wahoo.
Marty & Jason, who have fished with me for the last 5 years down here enjoyed their second day of fishing, again catching 14 sailfish out of 18 bites.... real good action way up north today may force us to burn some fuel tomorrow!
We had good action trolling and around birds only 11 miles from the island today instead of the 40 we have been running all season... nice change of pace..... Marty Segal and crew released 14 sailfish today, but we should have had 20 as we had the bites but couldn't hook them for some reason....alot of that going around today as it was rough and the fish were tailing down sea and not bitting real good.
WE HELD OFF THE COMPETITION TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT!
Rick & Joane Schall & their crew of Thomas & Scott did a great job hooking & catching sailfish yesterday.... we got a good start with a single and then a triple around some birds, but the Sea Hag got going in the afternoon, but the crew took advantage of most all our opportunities, catching 13 of 18 sailfish bites so we ended up top boat both days, winning the Little Yellow School House Island time sailfish tournament and Thomas Meligan took first place for the anglers top prize, hooking and catching 7 sailfish over the two day period..... We enjoyed a couple of great meals and three nights of outstanding music complements of several Nashville songwritters who contribute their time and talents to a great cause.... we raised close to $30,000 for the Little Yellow school house for local handicapped children!
Yesterday we fished our first of two days in the Island Time Sailfish Tournament. There are only 10 boats participating this year, most from Enriques Marina as the other marina is half empty this season, which makes for nice fishing as the grounds are less crowded.... Anyway, we had a good day in spite of slow fishing and ended the day with 7 releases including two triple headers to give us a one fish lead over the second place boat. Rick & Joane Schall & their crew of Thomas & Scott did a great job, and Thomas Meligan is in first place for the anglers top prize.
Calm seas and lots of action..... Tony C, Big John (from Maryland) and Stanley & John Yarborough had plenty of action today including a double header, of which there were at least 4 back there, a triple header out of 4, and a quadruple header, off which when we cranked up the dredge there were 4 sails around it....we ended up hooking 6 fish but only caught 4 of them, one pulling off as we reached for the leader, and that one would have given us 20 for the day.
We never could hook more than one at a time.....maybe a double or two, but Tony Cameron & John Knight of NC and Stanley & John Yarborough of Hilton Head, released 16 sailfish out of maybe 25 bites, with John and Tony hooking many of them. We are headed to Miguel Morgans to eat our by-catch.... for some fresh blackfin tuna and mahi cooked a few different ways.
On their second day of fishing Jim, Nancy, Ed & Lisa again released 15 sailfish, including 5 around birds to start the day, and then in spite of sargassum everywhere, we managed to scattered action thru out the day, ending with a wild triple header.
Took us a while to find a body of fish, but when we did it was game on..... Jim Young, who has fished down here many times & Nancy Keil, from Potomac MD & Ed & Lisa Matthews, from Bethesda did a great job catching a triple header and two double headers.... the ladies outfished the guys, but combined they released 15 out of 20 sailfish bites and boated a blackfin tuna which made for some great sashimi!
Hooked one every 5 minutes for the first 3 hours....couldn't get out of them, though some would say it was great action, but could not get on the sailfish today..... Leanne Crosseur did catch her first sailfish as did Matt Deboer, both from Michigan, and Leanne's husband Derek boated a nice jack crevale. Tomarrow will be better!
We had a very slow day yesterday as did most boats.... we spent the morning searching for some fish, and found them too far away....when we got on them we had good action.... Alex, Jordan, Matt & Step Dykstra & Bradd & Kelly Butler caught 3 out of a 5 banger and six other sailfish....for each their first, along with two blackfin tuna for dinner and too damm many boneheads!
But Tom Palmer did catch a release this larger sized sailfish, probably 65#.... we started the day catching 3 out of five around some birds, but then the bonitos harrassed us for about 4 hours and we only caught a few more sails the rest of the the day. The guys did enjoy some very fresh blackfin tuna fish tacos at BALLYHOO Bar & Grill
Damm sailfish want to hang out about 40 miles from home, but fishing has been steady....photo below was of Tom Noonan and one of 17 sailfish his group caugth today, along with one 8 lb mahi that made for some great fish tacos!
Michael Huling & Ebby Hall, from VA & Tom Berry, from Atlanta have fished with me in the past and they had a few rookies on board, but they did a great job in diffucult conditions today....we had a slow start, but around noon found a spot of birds with a load of sails underneath them, but they were right in the middle of thick windrows of grass....first 5 passes we got nothing but grass but then the guys got going and by quitting time they had released 15 sailfish. Unbelievable amount of sargassum around this year....every day and quite a problem, especially for the mates who for hours some days are shagging grass...hopefully the stuff blows out of here but for now its tough fishing. Had the other day off and went out for dinner at Miguel's, one of the finest new restaurnants on Hidalgo.... I highly recommend it for great mexican and fantastic seafood creations..... anyway I asked for a small lobster tail but something must have gotten lost in the translation....anyway it was great and nothing was left over! Have the next two days off, and then we get quite busy.
Whereas the last few days sailfish have been jumping around over a pretty good area, but today virtually no jumpers were seen, so we set out where we caught them the day before....action was not as good, but I found some bait and we picked out a good day.....Matt Sasser & crew released 10 sailfish out of 11 bites, including an exciting triple header, and young Grant Sasser did an outstanding job catching a foul hooked sailfish that would not give up, after a gruelling 40 minute battle...
A GREAT WEEK OF FISHING FOR THE JUDGE & THE LAWYER!
Tom & Mike finished there 5 day stretch of fishing, catching just over 100 sailfish with Anthony & myself..... today they released 16, including a few double headers and a steady pick throughout the day!
Usually don't get consecutive calm days in January, and we have a few more in styore the next few days..... Had good action all day... not as good as yesterday, and we had to burn a bit of fuel, but Tom Noonan & crew released 15 sailfish out of around 21 bites..... Linda Noonan was the days allstar, releasing 7 herself, and Cirstin also released 3.
Weather was beautiful, seas were calm and to start the day it was only the OBSESSION & Capt Arch on the Keen M...... found a lot a birds with a few sails under them but the frigates wouldn't leave our baits alone for the first hour, but we still caught a few sails
Finally the frigates mellowed out and we has steady trolling action the rest of the day.... Tom & Mike, from Pennsylvania, released 21 sailfish out of around 40 bites, including 4 double headers.