Dinner and a show for the Compton men – dad Bob and brothers Andy and Steve.
Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report – Captain Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters – September 25, 2010
A pretty typical guys’ weekend getaway to the Florida Keys got an upgrade with a spectacular day of fishing! With conditions a bit on the sporty side, I decided to take Bob, Andy and Steve Compton to the calmer bay side of the islands.
We started off with some catch-and-release shark fishing, which was absolutely off the charts! The sharks are loving the 80-degree water and are very active and aggressive right now. I put my special mixture of fish carcass chum in the water and we had the sharks swarming in about 10 minutes. And, there wasn’t a small one in the bunch. In under three hours, the guys caught 17 lemon sharks ranging in length from 5 to 8 feet. We could easily have had another 17, but the guys were whooped. I tossed the remainder of the shark bait in the water and we left them biting.
For those of you new to our fishing reports, SeaSquared Charters practices 100% catch-and-release sport fishing for sharks. This is done is very shallow water – just 4 feet and less -in the bay to the north of the Seven Mile Bridge and Bahia Honda areas. We use 20-pound spin tackle – NOT the heavy stuff you may be familiar with. This light tackle makes for real sport. The Compton guys were hooked up on triples and enjoyed fights upward of 20 minutes. Our Florida Keys Shark Fishing Adventures are an awesome experience for anglers of all ages and abilities.
After the shark fishing, we switched gears and headed to a couple of my favorite Gulf wrecks in search of a tasty dinner to reward the guys for their angling abilities. They caught countless keeper size mangrove snapper and took 15 in the 13- to 17-inch class back to the dock for me to fillet. A 22-inch red grouper was a nice bonus for their efforts.
The guys had a second day of fishing booked with us, but unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t cooperate.