Hey guys just a quick report from last weekends three day on the YC...What a way to kick off a season and what a way for me to spend my fortieth birthday. Details are hard to remember trip was kind of a blur but best I remember muttons started coming over the rail on the first drop. I think we started fishing shallow around 110 and moved a little deeper from there. After sunrise Capt Greg took us to deeper water and we fished around 220ft most of the day. Every stop produced a few nice fish with a few big muttons up to 18 pounds. Mixes of Yellow-eyes, red and scamp grouper and a stud Black as well. There were plenty of kingfish around for those who wanted to catch them as well. I kept a couple for bait. For me personally I managed a fish or two most stops and was feeling good heading into friday night.
Friday night the Muttons were fired up. They were eating kingfish and goggs and it seemed everyone was catching fish. Doesn't get much better in my limited experience. Size of fish remained strong the whole trip as well.
Saturday was pretty much a repeat of the day before, perfect weather and a steady pick of fish followed by another night of great action. The sharks finally caught up with us Saturday night costing me and a few others a few fish not to mention some terminal gear. Oh well thats the price we pay.
Current was pretty much a non factor I never fished over 6oz and fished fours some. Flyers were few and far between but did pay off when caught. I would say kingfish ended up catching the most muttons but at least around me goggs were catching the bigger fish.
It was indeed another great trip, I fished with some old friends made lots of new friends. Capt Greg and Capt Matt kept us on fish and the mates and galley chef worked hard as well.
And one last thing, I told several people on the way out that I was catching a forty pound black on my fortieth birthday and although I was a day late and it was not quite forty I did manage a decent black.
Great report, that is super nice black, congrats! It has been a few years since we did the YC as we bought a boat. I do recall we had a good trip, probably not as good as yours but a blast to fish the Tortugas. Thanks for sharing!
Nice job Dudley. Sorry I leaked your fish all over the internet before you posted but once you texted it to me I immediately forwarded it.. The colors on the fish were so pretty I just couldn't help myself!! If you get him because you're forty, I'm going to need heavier line at my advanced age!! And stronger arms.
Thanks guys. Jake that was too funny lol. I'm hoping some other guys on the trip will put their two cents in and maybe post some pics. Every trip I have the intentions of taking more pictures but once the fish start coming over the rail its the last thing on my mind. Hopefully Mike or Timmy are on the forum and will post some GoPro footage of Timmys big black.