Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
We had Silveo Leon aboard the L&H for what would be a great day of fishing! Silveo was entertaining clients and told us he was happy to try anything as long as his customers were happy at the end of the trip! After catching bait, our plan was to head to the gulf stream and see what we could find. Before long, Jim found some birds and we headed that way. When reaching the birds, there was a bunch of dolphin but all to small to keep. The L&H headed further offshore and before long came across a nice current edge. Only a few minutes after riding down the edge, two nice mahi came racing in on our teasers! Jim got two baits out right away and hooked up both fish! We now were hooked up to a pair of twenty plus pound dolphin! I maneuvered the L&H close to the stubborn mahi and Jim made two perfect gaff shots and put the fish in our icy hold! As soon as I started going again, I saw something busting in the sea weed several hundred yards away. When we got to the area, there was a nice school of mahi slowly swimming to the south. Jim did a great job getting the customers in a rhythm and before long they were all hooking fish as fast as the line went out! The fish were cooperating and in short order our team had boated thirty keepers! Everyone was very happy and went in the cabin to refresh in the cold air conditioning! Knowing that we needed less than twenty fish to reach our limit, I continued down the mahi highway. Less than a mile away, I spotted another big school of nice sized dolphin and they were hungry! By now, our team had the drill down and they secured the rest of the fish we needed to get our limit in no time at all!! All of the guys were happy with our success and were happy to call it a day! Back at the dock we took a few photos and cut up a bunch of fish for everyone! It was another great day on the L&H with a happy crew and happy customers!!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Our friends, the Bazen family came to fish with us for two days and we had a great time! The first day was good action with the sails and we picked away at them throughout the day. Mike fishes with his two boys, Sidney and Richard, along with his wife Sandra and her brother Kent. These guys are very good fishermen, catching all kinds of fish in South Carolina! They are all very good at kite fishing and hook the fish themselves. We ended the first day with five sailfish releases and a nice size king. The second day was a little slower, but we still continued to get action! The boys did great and everyone worked hard at keeping the baits out and looking good. As the afternoon of our second day wore on, our team had already released three sails, and we had a nice blackfin tuna in the box. One of the boys was fighting a wahoo and all of the sudden, a big dark shape appeared under out fish! It turned out to be a very big and hungry hammerhead shark! In an amazing burst of speed, the hammerhead raced to the surface and ate the helpless wahoo in a matter of seconds! The wahoo looked to be at least thirty pounds and the shark I couldn't even begin to guess. It was an amazing sight to see and even though we would have like to catch that wahoo it was unbelievable to see such a big shark move so very quickly! After that it was time to head back and let the Bazens begin the trip home. As usual it was a fun trip fishing with our friends and we looking forward to the next time.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Drew came with us on the L&H with just one request...he wanted to make sure his guest had a good time. Drew usually is lucky and today was no different. We got bait quickly and with a nice east wind blowing, I decided to go straight to kite fishing. Soon after getting set up we got a bite on the left long kite bait, then a sailfish on the right middle kite bait and finally the deep line bent over from the pull of a nice fish some one hundred feet below. With only two anglers, it was touch and go at times, but we quickly released the sail to make life a little easier! All of the sudden the fish on the deep line came to the surface and I could see that it was a nice cobia. Jim had the angler back the drag off on the kite rod (the first fish we hooked) and we went for the cobia while it was still on the surface. I maneuvered the L&H close and Jim made a great gaff shot. Time to concentrate on the last one of the triple. After a tough battle, I looked down deep into the clear, blue water and could hardly believe my eyes! We had been fighting a big african pompano! Normally these fish are caught close to the bottom, but this one came all the way to the surface to eat one of our live baits dangling from the kite. Jim did a great job with the scrappy fish, on the leader, and put our prize in the boat. Again, we reset and again we had more action! This time a double of sails for Drew and his fishing companion. Both fish were released to fight another day! After making a quick loop offshore our team put the kites out one last time. We saw another sailfish and got a nice mahi for Drew to take for dinner. It was a great half day trip, and yes, both Drew and Kevin had a good time!
I have been fishing with Andrew for a long time. He has never caught a swordfish and wanted to do so very much. On the day we planned to go sword fishing, the winds had picked up to over twenty knots. Normally a trip out to the sword grounds would be out of the question, but Andrew was determined to get out there so off we went. After a long, rough ride offshore we reached our destination. The seas were eight to ten feet and it made it very difficult to fish. Shortly after we got the sword line set, the boys put out some baits on the surface (just in case). As everyone tried to hold on and stay comfortable a sailfish came up and ate one of the baits we had just put out. Normally we fish for sailfish from ninety to one hundred eighty feet of water, but this one took the bait in eighteen hundred feet! It goes to show that a fish can be anywhere, at anytime, and it pays to be ready. As the sailfish took line from the big fin-nor spinning reel, the sword rod bent over with the weight of a fish nearly a half mile away! Now we had a double header! It was very challenging for me to hold the boat in position to fight the sword up from the depths as well as keep the L&H from being rocked too bad from the big waves. Twenty minutes later, Andrew had his first swordfish in the boat. It was now time to chase his fishing partners sail that now had over four hundred yards of line out! I spun the L&H to chase the fish bow first through the big waves. Backing down was not an option, it was simply too rough! After a very tough forty-five minute fight we had the sailfish in the boat! It was a great accomplishment to catch two different billfish at one time, something that very few boats in our area have ever done! After taking a few photos, we iced down the sword and made the long rough trip back to port! It was a great catch and I was very happy for our friend Andrew. It also proves that when you go fishing on the L&H, one can never be sure of what might happen!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Annie and Laurel were back at it again. This time they enlisted the help of Laurels big brother James! Catching eleven sailfish in one day is an accomplishment for even the most seasoned of pro teams but for a ten, fourteen, and eighteen year old crew it is something to be proud of. On this day the weather was windy and rough but the fishing more than made up for it! The morning started off great with a few nice mahi's. Soon after the mahi's were resting comfortably in the box, a sail grabbed the right long and we were off to the races. Annie did her usual stellar job and just like that we had the fish released and the baits back out. I felt confident that we were going to keep seeing fish as the conditions were great (aside from it being very rough)! As the L&H continued to drift north, sailfish continued to come to the kite baits and Annie continued to make it look easy catching them! By early afternoon our young anglers had released seven sailfish, all of them singles. If we were to reach double digit releases it was paramount that we would find a multiple. With only a little bit of fishing time left in the day I scanned the water, looking for anything that would give us that extra little boost we needed. Then, offshore of us I saw a group of three sailfish tailing to the south. It would be nearly impossible to get the kite baits to these fish so I quickly maneuvered the L&H into position for our team to cast to the fish with spinning rods. Like a well oiled machine, the crew got three baits out to the three fish. I'M ON! I'M ON! I'M ON! echoed up to the tuna tower from the fishermen down in the cockpit. All three sailfish took to the air and went strait offshore melting line off the light spinning outfits. I started backing offshore and water poored over the transom as Laurel got her fish first. James had his fish under control and seconds later Jim grabbed the leader and released our nineth sail of the day. By now Annie was getting low on line so I had to turn and chase her fish to avoid backing into the rough sea. Annie gained some much needed line back as we continued to chased the fish down this time going forward. I was able to get upsea of the angry sail and spun the maneuverable, L&H hard so we would be able to coast down the big waves. The fish came up jumping again and this time Jim was able to grab the leader on a nice sail for the tenth time of the day! We put the baits out once more and right away we were hooked up! Annie made quick work of this fish, the eleventh one for the L&H! It made me very happy to see our young anglers fish like pros today! A day I will not soon forget:)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Jim Lidell and his son Darrin have been fishing with me for the past few years and we have had many great trips including a nice blue marlin, but nothing could compare to the day we were about to have. Unfortunately today Darrin was unable to make it, so Jim was joined by his wife and another couple. I had fished the day before with Louis Isasis, owner of the beautiful 68 foot "Jichi" and we saw more sailfish that I have seen all season so I knew right where they were. We got bait and headed for the area where we had seen the fish the day before. The conditions looked great and I just knew it was going to be a big day. Jim and Trav put the kites up and set out the baits. Before they had everything out we got attacked by a hungry pack of sailfish. Within seconds we had five sails on and jumping all over the place! Unfortunately we were very unlucky with the "five bagger" and were only able to release one of them, losing the other four for a variety of reasons. Not worrying to much about our "bad luck" I raced the L&H to get back in front of the pack of hungry sails. As soon as the first bait went out we were on! Our team continued to get sailfish bites the entire morning catching some and losing some. Double and triple headers were the norm for the day, not the exception! By noon time we had released eleven sailfish out of twenty bites! With a strong current we were now several miles from our original starting point and I decided to run back and reset at the same place we had started our day. As I rode the tower looking for more fish, Jim came up and said "Eleven sails on our first pass, were off to a great start cap!!!!!" and he was right. When the L&H reached the area where we started the morning, we were greeted with a triple header only minutes after baits went out. As the afternoon wore on, we continued catching and catching and catching sailfish. By late afternoon our talley was nineteen sailfish releases out of thirty-four bites! I desperately wanted to get number twenty! As I scanned the horizon for just one more fish I saw what I was looking for. A sailfish was free jumping over a half mile away, but the only problem was that there was another boat between us and the free jumper. Fearing this was our last shot I decided to make a very bold move! "REEL EM IN THE AIR" I ordered the crew and turned the L&H with the wind and punched it! This was very dangerous because there was a good chance the kites could fall in the water and break and we could possibly ruin hundreds of dollars worth of gear. I pushed the throttles hard and the big motors roared to life! I had to maneuver around the other boat, get in position to bait the free jumping sail, keep the kites up while going with the wind, and do all this before the baits died from hanging in the air. Somehow everything worked and I got to the spot where I thought the sailfish would be! "Drop the baits in the water" I yelled from the tower! The guys dropped the baits and the Instant the left long hit the water, the sailfish was all over it. "I'm getting a bite" Jim shouted with enthusiasm! The sail took the the air and I was in hot pursuit. We backed down fast and less than a minute Travis grabbed the leader and released the Twentieth sailfish of the day unharmed! It was such a great feeling and down in the cockpit everyone was going bananas! It was another wonderful day for Jim Lidell and the L&H!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Looking almost directly into the sun, Jim had spotted a big school of very big cobia several hundred yards out. I backed the L&H down hard after the fish and it seemed to take forever to catch up with them, but when we did it was open season! Our team began to catch these big, strong fish one after another. Laurel and Annie were both hooked up on the bow as we followed the school in reverse. After a half hour I could see Annie's fish and knew it was a good one, over sixty pounds. When I saw Laurels fish I could not believe my eyes. The fish she bad been batteling for nearly a half hour was no more than twenty pounds (or so I thought). How could such a small fish give my daughter (who holds four IGFA world records) such a difficult time? As I peered deep into the water I found the answer I was looking for. Somehow she had two cobias on the same line, the twenty pounder that I saw first and thirty feet away, swimming just off the bottom was a much larger fish of over fifty pounds. My daughter Laurel had been fighting two cobias, totaling over seventy pounds, on a twenty pound spinning outfit!!!!! As usual, Jim came through for us and was able to untangle and release the smaller cobia. Laurel made quick work of the tired fifty-two pound fish and Annie subdued hers (a sixty-two pounder) a short time later. After that we headed for home with our limit of cobias and a very happy and tired fishing team!