August 15th 2010
With the forecast in the keys slick calm and the weather in Tampa predicted to be windy I headed south for a couple days.
The first day was spent fishing with Captain Chis Walter and his buddy Timmy. We did some deep dropping. Despite the intermittent rain we got into some excellent bites. Most of species I have not even seen before. Mystic, silkies, big eye, queen snapper and the strangest fish the Atlantic Scombrops.
The coolest however was on the way over we ran into a 50feet hump back whale. As we got closer he gave it one flip and he was gone but not before I got some video and photos though. This goes down as the first whale I’ve ever seen in person and it was the keys of all places.
The next day was fishing with Captain Benny Blanco and friend Jeff. It was so calm we ran the 24′ Yellowfin out 20 miles to the famous Marathon Hump. We trolled the Rapala lipped plugs for some black fin tunas. Jeff and I had a blast swimming with them out there. After we got a few we ran in to find some mahi. It was slow for the mahi but it still cool shooting some underwater stills and video out there.
As we got closer to shore to stopped on some ledges and got about 10 keys lobster to round off the day. A couple awesome weather combined with some excellent fishing, it gonna be tough to be that any time soon!