Well, the fishing tournament is over. I believe there were 38 boats in it this year and only one caught a marlin. Estimated weight was 400lbs. (Wow what a big boy) We didn’t win, but a Captain from the Gulf Coast did and we are happy for him and his anglers. They have had a very hard time of it. We did catch a 27 lb dolphin, but lost out to a 33 lber. The threat of tropical storm Bonnie made all the boats stay in one day (the storm turned more north and we did not get it. It turned out to be a beautful day, but you can never trust storms) The 2010 Hemingway Days coincided with the tournament and one of the big events is the Ernest Hemingway look alike contest. All the look alikes compete in a “Running of the Bulls” race. This is a hoot as these gentlemen are not spring chickens. Stay safe and warm and dry.
July 25, 2010
July 15, 2010
We really haven’t been fishing alot lately but when we did, it acturally was fishing. One day we caught 20 dolphin, but we released 18 of them because of their size. We have caught cero mackeral, yellowjacks, amberjacks (fun, fun, fun because of their size), bonito, barracuda and yellowtail snapper. One day, we were driving down through Big Pine Key near sunset and we saw a key deer. No matter how long we have lived in the keys (Joe since 1946 and I have been here since 1967) we always get excited when we see one. They are tiny deer and only live in Big Pine Key, so it is exciting to see one. They only come out to the highway at sunrise or sunset to eat. As we were cruising across the bridges, the sun was starting to set and it was absolutely gorgeous. I am sure that everyone thinks their sunsets are beautiful where they live, but I think Key West is famous for them. Captain Joe said that the sun looked like an orange ice cream cone that melted into the water and then the colors spread on top of the water. The sea was so calm that it was hard to tell the horizon. The sky had reds, oranges, purples, blues..too many colors to name. At our age, we still marvel at the beauty.
June 1, 2010
It`s me again (Capt. Joe`s Grandson). Well Memorial Day weekend my dad , his dad, my dad’s 2 friends , and I participated in the Sigsbee Marina Dolphin Derby. We went out in my dad’s friend’s 25ft brownie. After about 20 minutes heading east we spotted birds and put the lines in the water but after 20 minutes nothing had bitten the line so we brought them in and started heading east and by that time it was about 11:00 a.m. I spotted more birds so we headed there and put the lines in. This time we trolled for 30 minutes and had no bites so we brought the lines in.We searched for 30 minutes and it was about 12:00 and we spotted a weed line so we trolled along side of it and up ahead we saw some chicken dolphin jumping and when we got there one bit the line and I reeled it in. We brought the lines in , shut off the engine , and started pitching ballyhoo and caught 3 more. The rest of the day we didn`t get anything. Even though we did not win the tournament, we saw a really cool thing. While we were heading to a new spot, I was standing on the gunnel holding onto the t-top and I saw a sailfish about two feet away from the boat and about two feet under the water. He was all lit up and he had his fins up. Then I saw another one just sitting on top of the water resting while we were trolling.
April 16, 2010
When Captain Joe asked one of our grandsons who just turned 11 what he would like for his birthday, DJ couldn’t get the words out of his mouth fast enough…please take me Deep Sea Fishing Aboard the Triple Time! He brought along his friend Kyle and Mom and Dad and his little sister Mackenzie and his Uncle Bruce. Now here are DJ’s words.
Well, I love fishing so much that when I know I am going in the morning I wake up so early and can’t wait. I woke up at 6:00 a.m. hoping we would catch a fish. After we picked up Kyle and got the food ready we headed for the boat. When we got to the boat we loaded up we were off to fishin. On our way to the sea bouy we saw other boats catching sailfish so our hopes were high. After about half an hour of fishing BOOM FISH ON BOY!! Kyle and I fought the fish for about 45 minutes. Finally it popped up about 30 feet from the back of the boat. It turned out to be about a 150lb hammerhead shark! Then it popped the line. Then we got rigged up again and in another hour or so FISH ON. After about 5 minutes we saw a sailfish jumping behind the boat way back there. We weren’t sure if it was the sailfish because my grandpa (Capt. Joe) said he has never had a sailfish fight so hard. So, after about 25 more minutes it turned out to be the sailfish jumping. The sailfish was about 60-75lbs. Everbody fought it besides my sister and my Uncle Bruce. Later in the day we caught three more dolphin aka Mahi Mahi.
March 18, 2010
Here’s a little bit of Key West Information. All the years that Captain Joe has lived here (1946) he hasn’t seen a March like this one. Usually the month will either start like a lion or a lamb and end vice versa. This year, it just goes back and forth all the time. Yesterday it rained into early afternoon, but the day ended up with a beautiful sunset. A few sailfish have showed up, but not many. There have been quite a few cero mackeral (this is great fried) and king mackeral. I can’t believe that it was warmer in Los Angeles today than we were. It is going to be 80 degrees this weekend which our spring break kids are going to love. Stay warm and stay dry.
December 11, 2009
When Victor from Long Island woke up on Thursday morning and looked out of his hotel window, he thought to himself what a beautiful day to go fishing with Captain Joe. When the phone rang, Joe and his wife Sandy were just relaxing on their couch enjoying their morning coffee and watching Good Morning America. Victor said “hey Captain Joe” do you want to go fishing today? Captain Joe never passes up a day to go fishing, well, unless the weather is really bad.
The day was beautiful, the wind was out of the south and the seas were two to three feet. The first fish to be caught and released by Victor was an 86 inch sailfish. It put on quite a show by jumping five or six times.
Victor also caught a sixty inch wahoo, blackfin tuna and some dolphin.
We hope to talk to you again soon.