Marathon Offshore Fishing Report July 30th

Finally the wind laid down slightly. NOAA held strong at 4 - 6 with a ESE at 15kts. With the girls getting home late from KW last night, too rough for the kids, and down one brother-in-law who had to get back to Jupiter, my options were limited. Never one to leave a man hanging, my other brother-in-law said, let's do this at 7:30am. By 8:00am we were loaded up and crossing over the reef.

After doing some homework last night, I noticed a 150-degree heading off East Sister Rock was the quickest way to the shore side of the Stream (10-mi +/-). From 10-mi off East Sister Rock to 12-mi the weeds were stacking up nicely - think and long (that's what she said) - and the seas were 3 - 5. Soon enough we found some Sooty Terns working the weeds and dropped the lines in. We picked up two small Mahi real quick that we released.

Hoping for bigger fish, we pressed on offshore. At 14-mi - 18-mi the weeds thinned out to "scattered and patchy" and the seas made NOAA look smart at 4 - 6. We consistantly found Sootys and even some Frigates working the scattered and patchy weeds. After a few hours we had 6 Mahi in the box and released at least 6 more. Similarly, we released a ton of "lunchbox" BFT's and some Lesser AJ's.

We were back at the dock by 2:30, in the pool, and drinking!

The only "DOH" moment of the day was a double-header -- with only two on board we lost one boatside when I went to clear a line, steer the boat, and coach my brother-in-law simultaneously.

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  • AAnglerAAngler Posts: 340 Deckhand
    Sounds like a good day.
  • Circle HookedCircle Hooked Posts: 60 Deckhand
    You didn't come back empty handed so thats good,next Sunday I'll be there for week with the wife and kids,hopefully wind calms down.
  • triplenettriplenet Posts: 747 Officer
    Nice report.... I am heading down Monday - looks like winds sitting down after tomorrow
    Gause Built 26
  • latitudeajustmentlatitudeajustment Posts: 2,001 Captain
    Congrats to another nice day fishing! You guys definitely ran pretty far considering the NOAA forecast and rougher seas. Awesome to hook up with some mahi that far out! Heard the weeds and bite were at least at the edge of the stream -- definitely a bit too far for us today considering we have a 20' CC. Bonus to land a few BFT and amberjack, nice work there. Of course we leave tomorrow and seas naturally calm down!
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Captain
    Good job getting out there and doing some catchin'! :beer

    Beats sitting by the pool ALL day, and still left yourself time to do that AFTER going catching!

    Rob
    www.gottagofishinginkeywest.com


    Hero's Don't Wear Capes....They Wear Dog Tags.
  • lgroverllgroverl Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    if only someone could help out a fellow angler and maybe PM some good numbers "HINT HINT"..

    leaving tomorrow to head down for a week, staying on atlantic side of marathon...

    first time fishing the keys!!!

    22ft keywest
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