We made our way down to the keys last Wednesday to fish the Yankee Capt on a 3 day Mutton Marathon in the Tortugas. This was our first trip on the YC. We loaded up on hoos, pins and blue runners and packed our gear on the boat Thursday night with high hopes. BSed with some of the other fisherman before heading below and crashing til about 4 am. Woke up and caught a few flyers with the shrimp net before we reached the first spot. Immediately caught a nice mutton and red grouper and then NOTHING, for 22 straight hours of hard fishing. Ended up with 1 more nice mutton in the middle of the next night and that ended the catch. Myself and 4-5 other guys didnt sleep the entire trip. I have never seen bottom fishing as slow as this was. I dropped every bait that existed with a very minimal catch to show for it. Thank god for trolling from spot to spot which yielded a bunch of kings and bonita for bait and ended up being the highlight of the trip. Sharks and 12" yellowtails were a nuisance at every drop. We ended up heading in 8 hours early after the anchor line snapped and the high winds didnt allow drifting. At this point everyone on board was happy to head in early. At the dock I saw 6 totes. Saw a total of maybe 3 muttons over 12 pounds, a few nice red grouper and a few kings. Most of the guys settled for using chicken rigs to catch 15" yellowtail so they could come home with something.
The mates were awesome. They were very helpful and fun to talk with. The cook was a nice guy and the food was excellent given the conditions. While the captain did make an effort to put us on some fish, a few things really bothered me. For one, the captain never introduced himself or the crew to any of the fisherman on board. We entered the boat having no idea where the bathrooms were, life jackets, etc. Nothing. This was a big safety concern for me. Im not sure why there couldnt be a couple minute meeting before leaving the dock. The captain stayed in his cabin the entire trip. No thank you's, no apologies for the horrible catch, nothing. Most of the guys spent over a grand on the trip with bait, tackle etc. A few regulars said the Captain wouldnt even know there names if they asked. Luckily it was a good group of guys (Minus 1) and we made the best out of it. I'm sure I'm going to hear some flack for this but I heard similar responses from most of the fisherman onboard. Due to the lack of professionalism from the captain, I will be trying somewhere new next year.
Edit: Capt was not the first off the boat like I previously stated