Fish “Tales” from the first mate:
We try to make every charter the perfect charter, but it doesn’t always happen. During the peak of our Spring break season, we experienced the “Perfect Charter”. It was a Sunday Morning and the weather was perfect. Water was glass calm and we couldn’t have asked for a better day to be on the water. The family we were taking out was from Chicago and just wanted a great day on the water with some fishing and some snorkeling on the island. They got everything they wanted and so much more. We had a perfect boat ride about 15 miles off shore and we barely got the snapper poles in the water when the captain yelled “fish on, who wants it?”
Handing the kingfish line to the father he reeled in a 37.5 Inch King Mackerel. What a thrill to catch one so fast. Then we got the rest of the snapper poles in only to pull them up because no sooner did the captain throw the sardine in the water did we have another king fish on the line; this time 2 sisters tag-teamed in reeling in the 35” kingfish. One more time the captain casts another free line and kingfish on again; Mom takes the poll and lands a 34.5” beauty. Might as well give the oldest daughter a chance to reel one in and sure enough, within an hour we had 4 king mackerel in the fish cooler. The family had decided after that they had enough and wanted to venture in for some snorkeling. But just before we left we could see a school of Mangrove snapper just below the boat, the water was so crystal clear we could see the bottom of this beautiful nature reef at 40 feet. On the way back to the islands we saw a pod of about 20 or 30 dolphins feeding.
They greeted us at the boat and we watched them for about 15 minutes. The family then enjoyed swimming in the 75 degree water and finding shells along Shell Island. They even found a 12” live conk shell with a muscle in it! What a great time! Not all charters are so perfect, but we always have a GREAT experience and never know what to expect! That’s just part of the adventure! Make new memories and make your next adventure getting caught Playin’ Hooky!
First Mate Tara