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Checking in from the key's april 25-26

Saturday, April 25th: Day One
In anniversary of last year’s 64lb dolphin, 1Deadbait and his friend ReefChief as well as new comer Chris, set out to repeat history at 7:15AM out of Tavernier to chase records once again. We rode out about 9 miles off the coast and began to follow many scattered weed lines. Within 15 minutes of trolling, 1DeadBait hooked up on the first keeper of the day and hauled it into the boat in professional fashion.


Into the ice box it went and within minutes Chris was up on his first fish of the day. This was Chris’s first time ever trolling for dolphin and he took to it with ease with the skillful coaching of Jackson and 1Deadbait. After a while of trial and error Chris managed to bring in his first dolphin he had ever caught! Hoping for the luck to continue the team pushed on. After about 30 minutes of nothing we began reach into the bag of tricks we remembered to bring, and started to look for the tail tell signs for fish in the water. While searching for the right signs we noticed a Frigate Bird high in the sky, hovering over what we assumed to be bait. Where there is bait there is fish, at least in theory. Well once when ran down the bird, theory became scientific fact and hooking up on dolphin became a science to the team. One after another, we were slaying dolphin after dolphin. The finally ReefChief, hooked up on one of the biggest of the day, a 12lb cow. ReefChief fought the splashing dolphin tooth and scale. Once Jackson gaffed and landed the fish in the ice box we noticed its partner in crime, which happened to be another 12lb bull. 1Deadbait wasted no time hooking up onto as well. He threw out a feather to catch the dolphin’s eye and before he had a chance to flick his wrist and jig his lure, the dolphin took it. Suddenly he spit the hook, but 1Deadbait was not taking no for an answer and brought the lure to the fish once again, and he then found himself meeting the gaff of Jackson and the ice box in the boat.


Needless to say the day continued to produce keeper after keeper.




Surely a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the 1Deadbait’s monster 64lb bull last year with 11 keepers! All in all the 11 keepers added up to 69 pounds. History indeed repeated itself, not in the quality of one fish, but the quantity of many. Many laughs and many smiles with great company of the friends and neighbors to start a great trip!
Sunday, April 26th: Day Two
Still buzzing off the high of day one, 1Deadbait and company set off on TheKingofTheSea at 6:45AM. With the horizons of familiar territory of the open ocean in our sights, we had high hopes for the day. After an hour of searching for weed lines, we found a promising slick and followed it for about an hour. Beginning to feel discouraged, WeedMan Chris :wink made the decision to crack open the first beer of the day. With the crack of his can, so went the sound of peeling drag and 1Daedbait was on it in a heartbeat. The dolphin jumped in a mad craze and came unglued in an instant. Most would get discouraged with the loss of the first fish, but where there is one there is more. We trolled for another 30 minutes and when we began to make a turn the two flat lines were feared to have crossed. Captain Jack warned the anglers about the weeds getting hooked on the line, instead WeedMan Chris got a chance at a dolphin hooked on his. With the sound of peeling drag catching everyone’s ears WeedMan Chris had his chance. The dolphin leaped out of the water and as soon as 1Daedbait yelled “FISH ON!” it came unglued and we went 0-2 for the day so far. The team continued to push on. Following the proven methods of day one, we found the similar Frigate Bird (1Deadbait recognized it’s feathers) and began to follow it for another hour or so. Soon we gave up on the bird leading us into nothing but deeper water. Captain Jack noticed in the distance a line of weed patches rivaling the size of houses. So like an experience fishermen would do, we followed with hopes of monsters on the ends of our lines. Once we almost made a full 360 degrees around the entire cluster of patches, ReefChief finally got his turn at bringing in the first fish of the day. Like the others, the fish peeled drag and leaped as high as our hopes to land the fish. With the tremendous leap the dolphin managed to come unglued, following suit to the others. Yet another disappointment. After trolling for another couple hours, the team came to the conclusion to call it a day and head back in after no luck. Discouraged, but not broken the team went home to prepare for the next day, not because we knew we had lost but because we knew we would be back on top. Down but not out, this is not the last you’ll hear from Captain Jack and his crew of angry anglers.
“When you have to choose between two evils you still choose evil” Jerry Garcia


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