Today the mission was to target just Sailfish. It feels a little weird going fishing for sails when it is still so warm out. Winter may be a little delayed this year in reaching South Florida however the Sailfish seem to be right on time. Calm winds are the ticket to being able to reach the Sailfish this time of year in a flats boat, fortunately conditions were just right. Ollie ended up with two Sailfish to the boat and a visit from a Wahoo that bit us off just above the wire. Other than these fish things were pretty quiet out there. Two Sailfish, not a bad way to start off the holidays.For more info. on TKF Charters click this link to my website www.tkfcharters.com
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Dave and Dempsey were in town on somewhat of a nostalgic trip. Dave spent his childhood in West Palm Beach so it was very interesting to hear how things have changed since then. On the fishing side of things the mission was just to catch whatever would stretch the line. Lots of action was the plan. The trip was very busy with the father & son team catching Jack Crevalles, monster Bar Jacks, big Blue Runners, Cero Mackerel and having a shot at a Spinner Shark. Between the two of them they must have caught about 60 fish ranging from a few pounds to about 15 lbs. No really big fish landed but certainly a lot of action.For more info. on TKF Charters click this link to my website www.tkfcharters.com
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 2:18 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
According to the calendar winter is on its way however the temperatures being experienced don’t seem to support that. The winds have picked up but the temperature is still holding in the mid to upper 80’s. Some of our winter species are beginning to show but it all seems a little behind. I imagine as soon as the temperatures finally cool we’ll get the flood of our winter species Spanish Mackerel, Amberjacks, Sailfish, Bluefish, Jacks and Spinner Sharks. Having said that Lucas did catch a decent number of Bluefish, a few small Jacks and Ladyfish and a decent size (~90lb) Spinner Shark. The Amberjacks and Spanish Mackerel were a no show but Lucas was treated to a nice Sailfish. We had a second Sailfish come and take a look at the baits but didn’t bite. Hopefully with the first cold weather we’ll get the main push of Spanish Mackerel we are expecting and also the Amberjacks. Sailfish numbers will also improve as should Spinner Sharks, Bluefish and Pompano. Looking forward to the cold weather species, however not really looking forward to the cold weather.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 4:42 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Rob and Dave from Canada were escaping the cold weather of up north, what better way to enjoy not being in the cold than by going fishing. The wind was just borderline that we didn’t go into the ocean but we made the best of the intracoastal. Other than the wind blowing a little more than we wanted the day was beautiful sunny & warm. Dave started out the day by getting all the bites. Before Rob got his first bite Dave had landed a Snook, Bluefish, large Sennet Barracuda and a Jack. Rob’s first bite wasn’t so much of a bite as it was a snag. He snagged a ray in the wing with a lure. This resulted in an airborne ray and very confused anglers. Getting the lure out of the ray was quite a challenge but we prevailed and released the ray to be snagged another day. We noticed some mullet being pushed by something so Rob deployed the surface lure in the area. He landed two really BIG Bluefish for this area, they were the largest Bluefish landed on my boat, the pictures don’t do them justice, for Bluefish in our area they were studs. Next we moved on to try and find something really big to tug on. Fishing was really slow for the sharks but finally one decided that it would grace us with its presence and ate the bait. Rob was off to the races and did a fine job in bringing this nice Blacktip shark to the boat. A bunch of little Jacks and a look at a giant Snook that didn’t want to eat our mullet rounded out the day. Enjoy the winter guys, we’ll be thinking of you as we languish in sunny South Florida.
Tom and Elene joined me at 3 am to catch the outgoing tide with the hopes of some good Tarpon action. Tarpon at night on the outgoing tide had been pretty consistent recently. Unfortunately for Tom and Elene the Tarpon were pretty much a no show. We only had one Tarpon bite, Tom had it on for a few jumps before the hooked pulled. It was the sharks that were the most active. Elene landed the first shark, a small one about 35 lbs. Tom hooked one that about spooled him before it bit through the mono leader. The other shark he hooked proved to be quite a handful. After a good 50 minute fight we got a look at the fish, it was a BIG Blacktip shark but was hooked in the pectoral fin, making it extremely tough to land. This explains why the fish was fighting so hard, Tom stuck with it though and did a fantastic job fighting the fish to boat side. Elene’s second fish was a really nice 36 inch Snook, not a Tarpon but a very nice fish none the less. A few more smaller Snook and a decent size Jack rounded out the trip. My hat goes off to this husband and wife fishing team for coming out so early in the morning. Hopefully next time the guest of honor will show !
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 5:30 PM
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jeff was on board today for a last minute trip. He was in town on business and had some time before his engagement started so he came straight from the airport to the boat ramp. This is my kind of guy. The first cold front of the year was looming as we headed out. We were only in the ocean a little while before the front blew through, much stronger than forecasted. The wind messed things up a little for us and we couldn’t go fish where I really wanted to but we made the most of it and the afternoon turned out OK. Jeff has just begun to fly fish so fly fishing in the very strong wind was challenging. For most of the trip Jeff stuck with the fly rod, he didn’t get any monster fish but what was lacking in size was made up for in numbers. I believe about 25 to 30 fish were landed on fly. Considering the conditions Jeff did great by catching Blackfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Blue Runners and Jack Crevalles. If only the weather over the next few days was nice (which it isn’t) I may have been able to convince him to squeeze in some more fishing and go straight from the boat to the airport on the way home.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 5:45 PM
The weather has been the best I can ever remember for this time of year. On the East coast of Florida we had no tropical storm or hurricane activity this year. With the mullet run in full swing the good weather has allowed us to fish the fall Tarpon a bunch. For the period of this report we have brought 16 Tarpon boatside. The Tarpon have ranged in size from 20 lbs to 140 lbs. The Snook on the mullet this year has been a little slow for me but the Tarpon have been awesome. When we haven’t been Tarpon fishing we have been getting a mixed bag of small Snook, a few small Redfish, Dolphin, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish and Sharks. I haven’t done a very good job these last few weeks in getting good photos, been slacking a little. I need to do something about my nighttime photos, almost all of them are coming out blurry, hopefully I can get the settings figured out, I’m missing a lot of pictures of nice big Tarpon.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Michael and Terrence were on board to do some Snook fishing. From the pictures you probably noticed that things didn’t quite go as planned. The Snook bite was really off with only one small Snook landed by Michael. Finally we switched tactics and found some very cooperative Tarpon. Michael and Terrence both landed two Tarpon each with both Michael & Terrence landing fish in the 100 lb class. To make things really interesting the big Tarpon were both on at the same time, good angling to land both those fish. Not a bad night for a plan B.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 10:50 AM
Tonight’s trip was a result of what happens when a good fly angler meets good conditions and somewhat cooperative fish. 14 Snook were landed on fly. The biggest was 36 inches, a very nice fish for nighttime dock light fishing. Andrew had to work for these fish, they weren’t just jumping on the fly as they sometimes do. Patience and continued good casting lead to this great result. We’ll see if we can better this next time.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 10:47 AM
Monday, September 9, 2013
Had a very full boat with Tom, Chuck, Adam & Bo. Snook was the order of business. Catching live bait was a little tough and we didn’t get any really decent big baits but luckily the Snook were eating the baits we did catch. 6 overslot sized Snook, 3 slot Snook and a bunch of under slot sized Snook were landed. Also caught were a bunch of nice big Ladyfish and some medium Jacks. Bo landed the biggest fish of the trip being a 35 lb Tarpon. Soon the concentration of summertime Snook will be out of the inlet, it was nice to get on them here for a few days before they are gone.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 3:25 PM
Another day with perfect conditions, this is the best Labor Day weekend weather wise that I can remember. Josh was the lucky angler today. Just fly fishing. Started in the dark on the Snook. Snook were cooperating nicely with Josh getting 9 to the boat before the sun came up. Next were the False Albacore (Bonitos), pretty much all the fish he wanted to catch with a nice bonus of a Cobia thrown in. Pushed off shore to look for Dolphin, little slow but finally did find a few small fish, boated two. Another fantastic day of saltwater fly fishing.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 3:20 PM
Finally we got some real summertime weather i.e. calm winds & calm seas. Eric was the lucky angler to get the perfect conditions. Just fly fishing today. Started in the dark by targeting Snook on the dock lights. Eric got two real nice docklight size Snook and about 6 other typical sized Snook. Once the sun was up headed into the ocean and got all the False Albacore(Bonitos) he wanted, think round 25 of so. To change things up pushed way offshore looking for Dolphin, managed to get 10, no big fish but fun on fly none the less. On the way back in caught a few more Albies and called it a day, actually we called it a fantastic day.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 3:17 PM
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Last year George and his three sons Max, Taylor and Chase fished with me and had perfect weather. This year the wind was borderline but we pushed out into the ocean for half the trip. Max, Taylor and Chase all caught Bonitos and Blue Runners before it got too rough and we had to come inside. At this stage they had landed about 10 fish between them. Inside was nice and calm and the Ladyfish and Jacks were cooperating nicely. The boys went to town all catching multiple fish of each species. Taylor got the weirdest catch of the day with a hefty sized Gafftopsail Catfish. At the end of the ½ day trip they must have landed around 35 fish between the three of them. Nice going guys, maybe next time you should let your dad catch a few.
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 5:16 PM
Monday, August 19, 2013
Glenn & Craig were on board for their annual fishing trip with me. Last year it was raining and rough and we were restricted to fishing inside. This year was the exact opposite, perfect weather, calm winds and calm seas. We started the morning by casting lures at busting Snook, Jacks, Tarpon & Ladyfish. Snook, Jacks and Ladyfish were landed before they got a really big bite on a swimming plug. It took off like a rocket and had us puzzled as to what was hooked. About 45 minutes later and much perspiration from Craig we were able to see that it was a shark that was hooked in the pectoral fin. I really wanted to get my $20 plug back so Craig continued to fight the shark and we actually ended up landing the fish and getting the plug back. After that action slowed we headed off shore. We found a Cobia, some Bonitos and small Sharks. Hoping for something more spectacular we pushed further offshore and on a weedline Craig hooked into and landed his first Sailfish. Just as the Sailfish was landed the breeze began to pick up so we headed in to do some Snook fishing. Between Glenn & Craig they must have landed about 20 Snook, mostly males. Right at the end of the day they managed to land two nice female fish to wrap up the trip in fine fashion. Lots of fish and lots of different species (8 species in all) we caught, Craig’s first Sailfish was however definitely the highlight of the day.For more info. on TKF Charters click this link to my website www.tkfcharters.com
Posted by Capt. Quintin Hall at 8:31 PM