Captain Peter Heydon, Captain Rob Kramarz, Captain Tony Skinner and I spent a couple days offshore fishing out of Key West last week on the Aeon 23 DLX. With a well full of pilchards we were armed and ready for some serious tuna fishing offshore Key West. We tried an area up to the east that Captain Paul D'Antoni told us about. We spent some time and threw out some baits when we were marking fish but never had a tuna or bonita come up. Later we moved down west to the sub and it was pretty much the same scenario. Later in the afternoon though we did have some fish come to the surface, but we couldn't get them close enough to eat our baits. On one of the drifts over the sub Capt. Pete and Capt. Tony had a double hook up. We were all very excited at was finally supposed to happen. Well it turned out that neither fish was a blackfin tuna but rather a nearly 20 pound mutton snapper pictured below and a bonita. Not a bad consolation prize.
The next day Capt. Pete, Capt Rob and I went out again. We got just enough pilchards to use for bottom baits. We tried a rubble pile for tunas, but again nothing came up. We did a few drifts fishing the bottom and Capt Pete and Capt Rob caught vermillion snappers and one keeper mutton snapper.
We moved into the reef for some yellowtailing, which turned out to be really slow, but again we got an awesome consolation prize of a few real nice mutton snappers that Pete and Rob caught.