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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It was good to see the Keating brothers at last this year. Their first trip this year was cancelled due to the ash cloud. Mixed feelings about this, but I suppose unlike a boat or car you can’t just pull over.  Back to the Keatings’ trip, like I have said before the first few trips to the Keys tend to just blow people away, then comes the wish list. On one day Alan said, “I have always wanted to catch a big Dorado”, so game on.

I love it. Well, first day we found a textbook mark 600ft colour change and a few birds, and we even had live ballyhoo baits, but no Dorado. Next day still on a small weed line in 250ft but this weed line had a bit of bait, so slow speed trolling with just hand held rods. Then, as is often the case with trolling, BANG – fish on and a big Dorado for Alan.

Hence the blog title The Good, Alan’s Dorado. The bad a Scorpion Fish, spines with venom. The Ugly everyone fish to hate – a Catfish.

So, Alan, what’s the next challenge?

Stay lucky,

Rodney.

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Last week’s guests, regular Eric Muench and friends, achieved a new boat PB. We have always been lucky with tiger shark, catching more than our fair share. Most captains in the Keys only rarely see tigers but we catch may be 4 or 5 a year, but Eric topped this with 3 in one trip.

Eric takes the self drive option and now with many trips under his belt is really doing well. Don’t worry about me having a few days off – my darling wife finds plenty for me to do. You know the score guys, do one job on the list and two more appear.

Back to the fishing, I took the boat one day as Eric had things to do and we nailed a good black grouper. It’s amazing that after 12 years we are still finding new ways to catch fish and my new method of grouper fishing has yielded blacks to over 50lb.

Back to the tigers, in my opinion the nicest looking shark in the water. A few weeks ago a large group were seen around a dead whale near Key West. In fact the world record was caught feeding on a dead whale but the record was thrown out as they deemed the angler was using mammal chum, bet that sucked.

Stay lucky,

Rodney