Awesome Couple Days w/ piner_wahoo

So we went down to the Keys for a final blast before school started up again. Our bottom fishing & yellowtailing is generally pretty productive. But we could use a little help lobstering and off shore fishing. Solution: hire Capt. Harlan Trammell for the first two days. Glad we did! Sunday was lobstering.

Met up with Harlan bout 11ish and headed out back towards Sawyer. 4th day of season with the commercial guys bailing tonnage. But piner put us on the bugs. The current was rippin. And, I was struggling. But Harlan was getting them. So I shadowed him for a spell and learned a thing or two.

I always go down with the intent to come up with a bug. Capt. Harlan drops down as many as 6-10 times with the intent of staging him right where he wants them. Then when he’s ready… bingo. Lesson learned. I got 6 - only missing one. Good day for me. We came home with 24 bugs between us. Not too shabby. Thanks Capt. When we got back to the house the mosquitos were out for blood and we forgot pictures. Oh well.

The next day was off shore fishing. Harlan says fish late. We met up about noon. He stays in contact with his fellow captains and knew right where he wanted to go. Big weed line about 900’. We stopped to check some fishy rips and a smaller weed line but Captain didn’t like the color of the water. And right about 28 miles off shore there it was. The mother of all weed lines, beautiful blue water and lines were in. Not 3 minutes later the starboard short goes off and my boy is on his first dolphin. Since this was his first we didn’t keep him on to get more. In the box he went.

Little while later Harlan says it will turn on about 3. Not five minutes later the fire drill started. We hauled 15 more in less than an hour of nonstop action. Doubles. Triples. Great fun.


Next day we decided to do it all again. This time on our own. Got another dozen. And a triple tail to boot. Nice!


Next day we figured we’d try buggin again. Had to work for them. But, we got another dozen. My boy got some too. He was stoked.


And so it went all week. Beautiful weather except the last two days. Each day capt would call to see how we did and give tips on the next day’s action. First class guy. We’d reach him on the radio when we were out and he'd let us know where the action was. Thanks Harlan. You made our week much better than it would have been. Now I know why you guide 250 days a year.

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  • Steel M anSteel M an Posts: 97 Greenhorn
    Thanks for super report and pics. That young man has himself a beautiful mahi. 8x10 enlargement or bigger to be put on "the Wall of Fame".
  • fredoramafredorama Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    I second all the " thank you's " to Harlan, he did the same for me and my family back in June. From fishing technique to suggesting the Taco Salad at the No Name Pub.....all good stuff!
  • Fish TailsFish Tails Posts: 164 Deckhand
    fredorama wrote: »
    I second all the " thank you's " to Harlan, he did the same for me and my family back in June. From fishing technique to suggesting the Taco Salad at the No Name Pub.....all good stuff!

    Yup. Even the tip about the gas station with killer fried chicken. Good Guy all around.
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    thanks. again. those were 2 wonderful days. great family and supercool kid doing what i did at that age. nice continuation of you stay, too! very nice tripletail+bugs. gimmie a call when u make it back down. until, then maybe we can meeat agian @ teqesta brewery for a chocolate milk in sept.
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    p.s. where did u get the timberwolf? that sure was a fyne piece o' dawg.
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • SnookMan772SnookMan772 Posts: 661 Officer
    Harlan, if you make it up to TBC you have to give me a shout. I would love to buy you a beer and maybe even take you out in Jupiter/tequesta for a snook trip. My dad is moving down to his house in Eden Pines next week, I gotta connect the two of you. He needs a good "lay of the land" trip with you down there.

    Steve
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    u bet- anytime. pm me yer fone# again?
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Fish TailsFish Tails Posts: 164 Deckhand
    thanks. again. those were 2 wonderful days. great family and supercool kid doing what i did at that age. nice continuation of you stay, too! very nice tripletail+bugs. gimmie a call when u make it back down. until, then maybe we can meeat agian @ teqesta brewery for a chocolate milk in sept.

    Anytime Captain. Let me know when you're passing through.
  • latitudeajustmentlatitudeajustment Posts: 2,023 Captain
    Awesome trip for sure....no doubt he hooked you guys up!
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    What a great report!
  • woodytoowoodytoo Posts: 296 Deckhand
    Definitely an awesome report. Completely agree about Harlan, what awesome customer service! My wife and I took a backcountry tour with him last winter, and we still talk and laugh over some of his jokes and sayings. There is no better advertisement than having his customers write posts like these!

    Good on ya Harlan - keep it up!
    Bo G.
    Woody Too, Parker 2520XL
    Lil Woody, Carolina Skiff JVX16
    St Pete and Big Pine Key, Fl
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    thanks- i do enjoy my customers and my work and where i work and live!
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,851 Moderator
    Good stuff.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • NorthernNorthern Posts: 875 Officer
    Really looking forward to fishing with you Harlan. Early December is barely over 3 months away!
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    come on down- the blackfins/wahoo should be @ the wreck on pilchards, by then.
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • saltlifegarrettsaltlifegarrett Posts: 30 Deckhand
    come on down- the blackfins/wahoo should be @ the wreck on pilchards, by then.

    which wreck would this be? if you dont mind me asking?
    if you go fishing and do not learn. you are not a fishermen.
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,503 Captain
    a few unnamed wrecks and kendrix
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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