Fine yellowtailing for group from the Jersey Shore & a Wisconsin friend

Captain’s Blog – April 23, 2010 – Marathon Florida Keys – It’s always fun to have fellow clam-diggers (Jersey Shore people) on the boat.

The Kicak brothers – Bob and George – come to Marathon frequently to visit Bob’s father-in-law, Joe Whalen, who spends the winters here. George didn’t make this trip, but Bob and his daughter Cassie did. Joe treated Bob and Cassie – and his friend Maynard Popp from Wisconsin – to a three-quarter day of fishing on the SeaSquared.

Although conditions were a bit sporty, we were very happy with the snapper action on the reef. I’m delighted to report the yellowtails bit great. We caught fish anywhere from 12-inch throwbacks to nice size keepers up to 20 inches.

Without doubt the highlight of the day was the 7-pound dog snapper caught by Bob Kicak of Beachwood NJ. A dog snapper is like a mangrove snapper on steroids. Deee-lish!

During the course of the day, we snagged quite a few bonito. We also fed a lot of predators – Goliath grouper, sharks and a 30-pound wahoo.

Yellowtail fishing is among my favorites.  The fish provide enough of a challenge to keep your attention, and the rewards at the end of the day are outstanding.  There’s nothing finer than a platter full of fresh Florida Keys yellowtail snapper!

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