Throw at a sailfish, come up with tuna!

It started out as a great day, slick calm glass surface conditions and clear water. Bait was quick and easy and the cigar minnows were plenty on our bait patch early. After a quick stop for live bait, we decided to make a run offshore in search of some early season mahi. The radio chatter is a buzz daily with growing anticipation of the incoming mahi season: "did you find 'em?", "are there weed lines where you are?", "are you seeing any birds working the surface out there?"

Captain Rex pointed the bow to the south west and began to run, and just then we saw a free jumping sailfish out for some early PT. The mate quickly smacked out a few live minnows and within a minute we were hooked up. After a few moments we realized it wasn't a small sailfish, it never broke the surface during the fight. After a good battle of back & forth, our angler landed a 25lb blackfin tuna shortly before 7:25am. It was the beginning of a great day!

We found a smaller mahi in 460' and then a keeper mahi in 650'. We trolled our way back to the reef and dropped by one of our favorite deep water wrecks. We found ourselves alone fishing the wreck with aggressive bites on every pass. Our angler landed another larger 32lb blackfin tuna and some kingfish as well. We then made our way shallow to troll up some yellowtail snappers to add to a great catch and fill the cooler with great table fare.

Book your offshore adventure with Captain Rex Witkamp aboard the ONE LOVE! 305-849-1837


(305) 849-1837

Casa Mar Village, 90775 Old Highway, Mile Marker 90.7, Tavernier, Florida 33070

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