Dry Tortugas trip with MFG MTK crew
Montauk Fishing Gear crew in The Dry Tortugas
Crew: Craig-O, Timmy-O and myself
Craig found the charter company and also lives in Florida as well as NY and had fished for grouper many years(he is pretty good at it as well)
Timmy is an insanely avid year round fishermen with fish oil in his blood and he travels all over to fish from Mass to Florida....
The Charter company :
Adventurers Water sport Charters of Key West Florida 305-453-6070
Owner: Captain Jack Jordaan:
co captain Robin is also an avid fisherman as well (and was an awesome dude)
US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and PADI certified Dive Master, Jack Jordaan had his beginnings in the cold north at a young age growing into an avid hunter, fisherman, scuba instructor and dive master. Upon moving to a much warmer and more tropical climate around the turn of the century, he brought with him 30 plus years of this experience and mastery. Jack loves fishing, diving and living in Key West and enjoys the thrill and satisfaction of showing and teaching others about fishing and the wonderful underwater world that exists here in the Florida Keys. His extensive training and knowledge of the local waters can take you from the hottest fishing holes to the most gorgeous tropical reefs and the finest wrecks you will ever see; all in one trip. If you’re looking for a Captain or Dive Master with experience, knowledge, a keen eye, who has the patience of a saint, and where safety comes first, Captain Jack is the man you want with you on your trip!
The Emily Anne a 43' Torres with a 15' beam was a nice ride(although a little on the slower side, it swam well in the ocean) This boat can comfortably sleep 6 and had a nice full sized galley with a shower as well. The cockpit is well designed and comfortable for it shields you from the extremes of the sun.
We flew in to Key West on Sunday evening, slept on the boat and left in the morning around 8....
Weather was amazing 78-84 degrees SSW 8 mph and seas were dead calm.
We stopped about two hours out and caught a few Yellow tails just to get a tug on the rod, then motored off another hour and change to deeper waters where we landed muttons,gag grouper, strawberry grouper, margate and grunts.....
Then we had some chow as motored some more to even deeper waters on a nice reef.
Craig was on fire with the diamond jigs and landed a monster Margate 12 plus pounds followed by two nice sized grouper one red(about 21 inches and one 24" gag , he was by far the high hook of the day..... as night turned to day we made our way to the Tortugas and dropped every few hours, Tim and I hung in there and as the jig bite went away we started on bait.
Ballyhoo and squids as well as pin fish and strip baits.
Craig finally cooled off and Tim whacked a monster 5 plus pound TRIGGER, and I started to catch up(only because Craig was tired from catching so much earlier in the day!!!!
Craig was shot and hit the hay while Tim and I fished playing catch up until 3:30 am !!!!!!
We woke the Captain and he motored us off a few hours until we made it into the Tortugas fishing grounds(special boat permit)
The morning brought a different day and the jigs were not working so bait was the deal.....
This day was MINE,(only because Craig shot his load to soon)
I had three gag grouper a 28" 16 lb'er a 25" and a 24"..... strawberries, two small amber jacks, 5 black grouper all but one were just short (hate to release them but you have too)
We Piled on the YELLOW tails flat lining, and baits, Muttons, reds grunts, porgies up to 4 lbs , blue fish !!!!!!, Tim and I made up for the day before and then some and then at the end of the day Craig came back again with two more nice red grouper......
Timmy was on fire with the flat line he absolutely crushed the Yellow Tails and had a great time doing so.
This time dinner was a feast with the rules stating a 1.5 lb per person of fillets we dined like kings on fresh fish cooked by the captain with yellow rice and beans and plenty of desserts.
We moved off that evening to some drops as we headed from the ocean into the gulf and that night we fished until 11:30, we steamed for three hours plus in to the gulf chucked the anchor at 3 am or so , slept some more and then steamed again until 6 am.
Breakfast was served , bacon eggs, toast coffee and fruit...... then the fishing commenced in a awesome way we King fished on diamond jigs and had instant action... it was like heaven as we pulled in 36" 40" 28" and so on and so forth but time was up as we had a long ride back to port and planes to catch......
We ended up with a few hundred fish mixed bag and with well over 100 lbs. of fillets
The dock hand was a master filet man and as we docked the fish were rinsed off sorted put back on ice, sorted, fillet, then vacuum packed flash frozen and packed in dry ice to be shipped to us,
All the Fish were caught on Montauk Fishing Gear reels:
The reason for the trip was to test the new jigging models and new standard models for next season.
The new reels will be available in 2013 late March and will be the next generation of HYBRID inshore/offshore UNIVERSAL use ...Imagine a reel smaller than the the smallest lever drag with USA carbon fiber DUAL DRAGs with 30 pounds plus of drag with JAPANESE and GERMAN bearings, smooth as can be....... COMING VERY soon also in single drag 19 pound drag and in two speeds as well.....STAY Tuned