S.L.I. Not Many Sails, But Plenty of Action, Good Pictures, and Saw a Mako or Sword

Today I fished with Capt. Jimmy (Ace), Brad, Stan, and Scott for the third day in a row targeting sails. Yesterday was way slow and we only did a ¾ day with the last hour focusing on the bottom and reefs for Amber Jacks and Cobia. We caught a few AJs but no cobia that day. Today we had sails on the mind again, but after spending pretty much all day with the kites up and only jumping one sailfish off, catching a dolphin, losing a dolphin, and having a ton of kingfish and shark bites we went back to the bottom. Even though we didn’t catch the sail, we did get a few pictures of it. And we did manage to land a few of the kings even though we were using mono leaders.

The bottom took a few stops to find the spot where we wanted to be, but when we found it , it was game on.

We were sending down the biggest live baits we had, and the boys were getting walloped. Huge AJs had this spot overrun and none of the guys could stop the fish. We had four or five on and all of them broke us off except for a 20 pounder that we let go.

Judging by the way the lost fish fought they were considerably larger then the one we caught. The coolest part of the day was when either a Mako, or a swordfish ate a bait that I took off the hook and tossed in the water. It came up and ate a big blue runner that a king had just killed. I only saw it out of the corner of my eye, but it was a bright blue dorsal fin and tail, that thrashed on the surface right next to the boat. Watching the kings skyrocket on our baits over and over again was pretty cool too. I’ve always wanted to take pictures of them airing it out, so now I have them.

Looks like the crew will be back in a few weeks hoping for some cooler weather which will push a new body of sails down.
Best depth was in 110 feet, where we saw the most kings, had a 10 or 12 pound dolphin on and jumped off the sail too. We also had a loggerhead turtle chasing our live bait all over the place and every time we lifted it out of the water, the turtle would pop his head up to see where it went, (pretty funny). There was not much current and the wind fell out a bunch in the afternoon, which made the drift fishing over the bottom pretty easy once we found a good spot.
I hope you guys have a good day out there tomorrow, talk to you then.
Keep it tight
Capt. Scott Fawcett
Off the Chain / Fly Swatter


  • Salty GatorSalty Gator Posts: 1,802 Captain
    Great pics of the skyrocketing kings. Thanks for the report.
  • GT FishGT Fish Posts: 9,448 Officer
    **** Scott great pics!
  • pescador83pescador83 Posts: 362 Officer
    That's awesome! I would love to actually witness that!
  • Team TuppensTeam Tuppens Posts: 509 Officer
    Those are some GREAT pics!! Nice Job
  • nutsmagoonutsmagoo Posts: 127 Officer
    incredible pics of that king! I'm dying to get some pics like that.
  • WIXWIX Posts: 327 Officer
    Awesome pics of the Kings! Great report Capt.!
  • mako7873mako7873 Posts: 87 Deckhand
    That's awesome timing on those pics.
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,064 Captain
    Great report and awesome shots!!!! What camera are you using on those air shots?
  • flatsfisherflatsfisher Posts: 1,381 Officer
    can't get them every day, but you got some sweet pics of the kings airing out for sure! and one time i went out with a few buddies and one of them wasn't paying attention to his kite bait and he had a big loggerhead come up and eat it, did not see the bite so we thought it was something nice and we got up and down on it and saw it was a big turtle about 40 feet down. it was unfortunate but funny for me because i watched
  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,780 Moderator
    As everyone said, GREAT pics!! Seeing those pics remind me of when I saw a couple of kings sky for my bait. Thanks for the memories.

    Keeping busy while away from Florida

  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,502 Captain
    Truly amazing pics Scotty. Thanks for the report :beer

  • choppychoppy Posts: 282 Officer
    The pics are sick! Nice job !
  • Lazy BonesLazy Bones Posts: 940 Officer
    sickest king pics I have seen! Amazing how high they can jump.
  • isla21isla21 Posts: 2,115 Officer
    Awesome pics of skying kings!
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,345 Admiral
    those pics are not good, they are unbelievable!! Congrats on them, are they stills from a video? Love the shots with the bait in two pieces, really really cool shots
  • PairadoxPairadox Posts: 323 Officer
    Thanks for the informative report
  • Off the ChainOff the Chain Posts: 142 Officer
    Thanks everyone! Glad you like them as much as I do. I shoot a Nikon D200. Ive had it for about 5 years, but it does the job. I think it bangs out 4 or 5 frames a second. I always try to send copies to the people who fished with me for that day so it's nice to have a good camera. Its all about the memories!
    Capt. Scott Fawcett
    Off the Chain / Fly Swatter
  • BeermanBeerman Posts: 696 Officer
    Great king pics!!!
    Words of Wisdom: Many a problem will solve itself, if we forget it and go fishing or hunting!!

  • GetbonedGetboned Posts: 111 Officer
    awesome pics of the kings :thumbsup
  • e-moneye-money Posts: 4,257 Officer
    King and sail photos are rad!
    USCG Freelance Licensed Captain
    20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
    (I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
  • footanklegfootankleg Posts: 505 Officer
    Bad ***! Thanks Scott.
    Cobia 296 F300s J & B
    Hewes 18' RF Y130 Flatfoot

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