Captain Mike Jackson
"WHO'S READY FOR MORE PAIN"
Fishing Report 7-24-2013
I had Steve and his 2 boys Chris and Shaun down from NJ on vacation for a 3/4 day live bait trip. The weather man was nice with a light SW wind and we headed off shore with 2 live wells full of pogies. We stopped at 20 miles and the 1st line on the water got hammered. We had outstanding action in the morning and the boys caught fish after fish. Chris landed a nice 20 lb Barracuda. We tried slow trolling for kings but no takers. We ended the day catching more AJs.
Fishing Report 7-18-2013
I took David and my buddy Rod with his 2 sons for a fun day live bait fishing. After a couple throws of the cast net we headed offshore for some pain. The bite was OK for the 1st hour and the boys did a great job landing fish after fish. Then the school got fired up and it was on. The boys did a great job battling 3 or 4 fish at a time and keeping the lines untangled they worked like a machine. At one point I jumped in on the action and we had 5 on at once. Later in the morning we had a monster Hammerhead cruise by the boat. Moved out to around 29 miles and found more hungry AJs and Cudas. Then David landed another Cobia and 18 lber. The boys were worn out catching 20 plus fish each and we emptied the live wells. While we were loading up to leave a 12 foot Tiger came by the back of the boat. She was a monster and the boys got a kick out of watching her circle the boat.
Fishing Report 7-17-2013
I had local anglers for a live bait trip Monty, Lamar and Chris. We headed off shore in flat seas and with plenty of live bait. Stopped at 20 miles and 1st line in the water got hammered. We had outstanding action all morning with AJs, Bonita then Chris landed the 1st Cobia of the day a nice 20 lber. Later in the morning we watched another Cobia swim by the motors and engulf Chris's bait swimming 2 feet next to the boat. The dive boats showed up and we decided to try some trolling for Mahi. After dodging a couple large thunder storms we put the lines out at around 28 miles and had a strike right away with a fat Bonita. We worked hard for the next hour or two but no Mahi. The guys wanted to drop for grouper so we anchored at the end of the day but could only get more AJs they would not give the grouper a chance to eat a bait.
Fishing Report 7-92013
I had a family in town from Raleigh for a live bait trip. Started at around 20 miles with fresh pogies and the boys did not take long to start catching AJs. The bite was Ok 1 or 2 fish every drift but we never got the school to the top and fired up. The young anglers did a great job landing some nice fish. Later in the morning the rain storms popped up and after seeing a couple water spouts we ran to a different area to troll for kings. It was a slow bite for kings but the boys landed a few sharks and had a blast.
Fishing Report 7-7-2013
I had Frank and his son Luke for a full day of live bait fishing. Started at around 20 miles looking for some AJ action. It was slow and they did not want to eat in the morning. We landed 6 or 7 fish but decided to move off shore a few miles to try some slow trolling for kings. Started around 25 miles and it was slow. Moved out to around 30 miles and had a few strikes but pulled the hooks then all 5 lines got crashed by a large pack of AJs. The light tackle was no match for the fish but we switched over to the large spinners with braid and landed a lot of nice 30 to 40 lb fish. We started drifted and caught some nice Black Sea Bass for dinner. Then a Cobia came cruising around the boat. Frank feed him a pin fish and made short work of the fish. We ended the day with a 12 lb king and headed for the dock.
Fishing Report 7-6-2013
Day #2 Brian and Anthony joined the group and we had 5 anglers. I made sure to have extra live bait and started with 2 live wells loaded. The morning started a little slow with a few AJs and sharks. Later in the morning they started eating and it was on the rest of the day. We also had 3 Cobia landed. Brian caught the 1st 25 lber then Lourdes landed 1st 1st ever Cobia. Later in the day Anthony caught a 20 lber. We had great action in the afternoon on the poppers and it was a blast to watch. We landed a couple more nice Gags and the Cuba ate one next to the boat. It took all day but we went through all the live bait (300 baits). Another fun day with great anglers.
Fishing Report 7-5-2013
I had Andrew and Lourdes come down from NY and John from Raleigh joined them on day #1. Decided to do a live bait trip rather than fight the 4 foot SE swells to get to the break. Turned out to be a great choice we had a full day of action. The AJs were aggressive and mean at the wrecks. We caught fish all day on bait and some poppers. We also had 3 nice Gags on day #1. Andrew caught the 1st 17 lber and Lourdes had a 12 lber. Also had a couple of fat Bonita on live bait. We started handed feeding the AJs in the afternoon and headed back in after both live wells were empty and a lot of sore arms.
Fishing Report 6-25-2013
I had Robert, Scott and 3 lady anglers Feebe, Taylor and Rachel visiting for Greensville for a live bait trip. Headed out 20 miles and set the ladies up in the fighting belts and they were ready. It took about 10 seconds to hoof the 1st fish and they had a blast. The girls landed fish after fish on the 1st drift. Once they needed a break it was Robert's and Scott's turn. The fish were from 15 to 30 lbs. We did have a nice Cobia come by the boat but no chance to get it to eat a bait with the hungry AJs circling the boat. My side hurt from laughing so hard watching the ladies fish and angler the fish they had a blast. We tried slow trolling for kings later in the day but only landed a small shark.
Fishing Report Gulf Stream 6-16-2013
I had a couple local anglers for a gulf stream trip on Sat. Headed out into a NE swell left from the cold front that moved through at the end of the week. Started trolling in 140 feet of water and got a couple fish right away but only bonita and cudas. The water temp was 80 degrees but no life. We worked from 140 out to 600 feet with very little action. Dropped down looking for some grouper and found a school of giant AJs. The 1ts fish was a 56 inch 85 lbers and the 2nd was a 65 lb fish. Decided to move to the north looking for better trolling and late in the afternoon finally found a weed line with some bait and current. Once we had the lines out it didn't take long for the 1st Mahi to show up. We had great action for the next few hours and landed 12 decent Mahi with some double headers. The largest bull was around 18 lbs. The short flat line went off and a nice Sail fish started jumping and putting on a show. Released after a couple photos and she was a large fish. Headed back in late after a double header of Mahi to finish the day.
Fishing Report 6-12-2013
I had Jake, Scott and Jerry in town from Charlotte, NC for a full day of live bait fishing. The weatherman was right for a change and the winds were light over night and just a swell left so we headed out 20 miles with 2 live wells full of fresh pogies. We stopped and while I was explaining about the AJs the 1st bait didn't make it 5 feet before getting slammed by the hungry pack of AJs. The guys had a blast for a couple hours and caught one right after another until they were worn out. Headed off shore looking for some Mahi. We had our 1st Mahi on before I got all the lines in the water and thought it was going to be good trolling but very slow. Started slow trolling live baits for kings after lunch and had good action in the afternoon. We landed 3 decent kings, a couple giant Cudas and Scott ended the day with a nice 28 lb Cobia on 20 lb tackle. It was a battle but he did a great job with constant pressure. Plenty of meat in the cooler for the guys to take home.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 6-1-2013 and 6-2-2013
Headed to the deep are on day #2 and much of the same action as day #1. Had a lot of good AJs and Alamcos. There was zero current so the fish did not stack up and we caught them all over the top of the ledges. On the last day we decide to stay inshore and fish around the wrecks with live bait and popping. Headed out with 2 live wells full of fresh pogies to feed the pets. It didn't take long when we stopped the boat they came right up and it was on for 2 hours. We had a school of small fish follow the boat drifting for over a mile. We had them so fired up I tied a empty plastic coke bottle to a popping rod and watched them knock it 5 feet in the air. In addition, we had a double header of Cobia and a 3rd single fish. The dive boats showed up later so we couldn't work the wrecks and we move inshore to another area. There were not as many fish but Gustavo landed a 40 lbers and a 50 lber. Another 3 outstanding days of fishing for my friends who travel a long way to fish here in NC.
Fishing Report 5-28-2013
I had Anthony, Jim, Neil and Derrick come down from Raleigh for a 3/4 day live bait trip. Left with 2 live wells full of pogies and headed off shore. We hooked up right away on the 1st drift but got broke off in the wreck quickly. The current was running hard in the morning and the fish did not want to eat top water. They did however eat live bait no issues. Later in the morning we finally got them to the top and got them fired up. Anthony actually hooked a fish next to the boat while letting his popper just float with no movement. The surprise of the day was when Anthony dropped down a live bait on his ultra light rod and landed a 14 lb Black fin tuna. We had a couple more take baits but did not keep them hooked. A great day of live bait and top water action.
Fishing Report Gulf Stream 5-27-2013
I had Ron, Ronnie, Rick and Teresa for a Gulf Stream trolling trip on Memorial Day. Left around 6:00 and ran 40 mph in a flat ocean all the way to the break. Started to the north where Sunday the trolling boats caught lots of Mahi. There was scattered weed and lots of flyers but no fish. We trolled all morning with no action. There was zero current and the fish would not eat or they ate all night on the full moon. We switched over and did some bottom fishing and had lots of action with Almacos, AJs, Pinkies, Large Beeliners and Grouper. We ended the day trolling and in 30 minutes and a Mahi and a decent Wahoo.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 5-26-2013 Day 2
Headed out to the break with the guys on day #2 with a great ride out and beautiful sunrise. Started in 300 feet and the guys worked hard. The current and wind pushed the jigs out during the drift but the guys worked hard. They did not want to eat the jigs for a while but we found a large pod of bait at 80 feet and the small Black fin tuna were around with the big AJs below them. Ray landed the 1st nice fish a 50 lber. Ray continued to hook some nice fish but they could not be stopped and broke him off in the ledge. Andy landed a small Black fin on top water and lost a couple more. We did not get a lot of bites in the deep but they were all quality fish and very mean. Moved back into 200 feet and found a few small Almacos and Barracuda. Started working a 140 foot ledge and Andy landed a nice 35 lber. The winds started picking up so we decided to move inshore and finish with some top water action. Stopped at 85 feet and a large wreck and caught a few small AJs on jigs. The dive boats must have worked the inshore wrecks hard for the holiday weekend because the AJs were no where to be found. A great 2 days of fishing for the guys.
Fishing Report 5-25-2013 - Day 1
Finally and good weather for cast and I had Ray, Andy, Jimmy, Tom and George come down from NY for 2 days of jigging and popping. Day #1 the wind was still blowing hard North so we stayed around 25 miles looking for AJs around the wrecks. The guys were not disappointed we stopped at 20 miles and I threw a few live pogies to see if they were around and the wolf pack showed up quickly. We had outstanding action all day with top water baits and jigging. The fished ranged from 10 lbs to 40 lbs but they were very mean. Later in the day the wind let up and they really turned on with 10 fish chancing the top water plugs. They got so aggressive you could get them to eat the plugs by using the figure-8 technique and more than once the strike was so aggressive it would splash the guys in the boat. We did have a nice Cobia swim by in the morning but would not take a bait. later in the day Ray landed a 20 lber on the jig. Headed back in the flat seas to get ready for day #2 and rest the sore muscles.
Fishing Report 5-22-2013
I had a 3/4 day live bait trip with a family in town on vacation from the UK. We left the inlet and filled the live wells with fresh pogies and headed off shore in a big SW swell from the winds earlier in the week. We stopped at a wreck at 20 miles and as soon as I shut off the motors a hungry pack of AJs came to the boat. They were very hungry and mean averaging 10 lbs to 40 lbs. Steve and his dad Ray hand feed them for the next 3 hours. We did see a small cobia come around the boat but didn't stand a chance feeding him a bait with eth AJS. The ladies also angled a couple nice fish. Sorry I was too busy to get a lot of good pictures. After the guys were a little tired after battling fish for 3 hours on live bait and poppers we went looking for kings. We found another pack of small AJs before Ray landed a nice school king around 8 lbs. We finished the day by feeding the pets and left them following the boat. It is a great time of year because they have not been hammered by the local boats and there is not a lot of bait around.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 5-19-2013
Headed south on day #2 looking for some more jigging action. The ride was a little bumpy into a SE chop but finally dropped jigs in 280 feet. It didn't take long to hook a few Jacks quickly but by the 2nd drift the sharks found us and started eating the AJs. Moved to another area and Greg landed the 1st Gag grouper of the day a fat 15 lber. Started getting good action with Almacos and AJs. The sharks left us along most of the time. We had a couple small Blackfin. Moved to the deeper area and Yong landed a nice 8 lb Snowy and a few short scamps. Greg continued working the jigs hard and was paid off with a fat 65 lb AJ. Later in the day had good action on the jigs with some large AJs. Decide to move inshore looking for more grouper to end the day but only found large sea bass after large sea bass (can't wait for the season to open June 1st)
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 5-18-2013
Finally got a weekend with weather allowing us to fish. I had Greg, Gary, Nick, Yong and Frank come down to Wilmington for 2 days of jigging. Headed off shore with light winds and small seas. Started jigging in 240 feet and had decent action with Almacos and AJs. The guys worked hard and caught plenty of fish. Had a couple Mahi come around the boat and Greg landed a nice 15 lb bull on light spinning tackle. Moved into 200 feet later in the day and found more jacks and a few grouper. Moved south to a deeper area and tried for grouper and other species with some live bait and jigs. The afternoon bite turned on and we had 6 different species of grouper. Gags, Reds, Snowy, Scamps, Kitty Mitchells (all vented and released out of season) and Frank landed a 1st for Live Line a giant Warsaw grouper. We estimated her at around 70 lbs and took a couple quick pictures and vented her to fight another day. Another species not allowed to keep due to the regulations. We also had 2 large American Red Snapper (vented and released out of season). Even though we released a lot of species we still had plenty of fish for the guys back at the dock.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 4-27-2013
I had the pleasure of having anglers travel to North Carolina from Japan for 2 days of jigging and popping. Mr. Hara, Eto, Oda, Mizutani, and Tsuruta. The weatherman was not kind at all and we were only able to get out 1 day and even that was very rough NE winds 15 plus most of the day. The fishing was good once we arrived. We found a lot of small AJs and Almacos in the morning. We did catch a small African and then the sharks started bothering us in 200 feet. We moved out to the deep spot and the 1st jig down was hammered by a fat 50 lber. It was a big effort trying to jig and fight fish in 4 foot seas stacked up with the current. The guys stuck with it all day and landed some nice AJs. It was a long wet painful ride home.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging and Trolling 4-14-2013
I had Brandon, Eric, Phil, Steve and Jim for a day or jigging and trolling at the break. Had a great ride out with an outstanding sun rise. Started jigging in 150 feet of water but the water was 74 degrees and gulf steam blue. We had a lot of small AJs and Almacos but no big fish. Moved out to 200 feet and Jim caught the 1st African. Then he landed and nice Gag released after a couple pictures. Also found plenty of medium size AJs. Then Phil and Eric caught a pair of Africans. These are slightly smaller but have the long streamers on the body "very cool" Later in the morning decided to do a some trolling and it didn't take long before the short rigger was skied by a 45 lb Wahoo. After a short fight Jim landed his 1st Wahoo. Trolled to the deep drop and found some action with Blackfins, Albies and Skip Jack Tuna. We caught a few AJs in the deep jigging and tried popping for Blackfin. We had a few strikes on the poppers but couldn't keep them hooked. Had a great day with plenty of species and meat for the guys back at the dock.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 4-7-2013
I had John, Brian, Jim, Anthony and Douglas come down from Raleigh for 1 day of jigging. The ride out was a little bumpy with a NE swell left over from Sat but once we stopped at 150 feet it let up and no issues jigging. It didn't take long for the guys to start hooking AJs every drop. Later in the morning Anthony landed the 1st African of the day a monster 41 lbs. John hooked a decent Cobia that through the hook right at the boat. Then he landed a nice 34 lb African. Douglas 13 years old was not to be out done an hooked and landed his 1st African 32 lbs. Brain caught a nice 38 lber followed by Jim with a 36 lber. Everyone on the boat caught a African. We also had plenty of AJs, Almacos, Scamps and Gag grouper. At the end of the day we trolled for the last hour looking for Wahoo but not hits. Ended the day in the deep water hooking 5 AJs at a time.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 3-30-2013
I had Mike, Winnie, Milton and 1st time anglers Ray and Ann Marie travel down from NY for 2 days of jigging. The 1st part of the day was a little more NW wind than expected but is went flat by the end of the day. We left at 0500 so we had lines in the water by 730 and the AJs were chewing. It didn't take long for Ray to get the hang of it and he landed 5 fish quickly. We had great AJ action all morning. Later in the morning Mike hooked something different that took a lot of line and he landed his 1st African Pompano 34 1/2 lbs. After everyone was worn out we went looking for Black fin tuna in the deep areas and Milton landed a nice 15 lber. Moved back into 150 for the later afternoon bite and had plenty of action with 40 to 60 lb AJs. Milton landed a fat Red grouper released after photo (1 more month until season opens) and Mike caught another Black fin. Everyone crashed in the bean bags for the ride home after a long day.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 3-23-2013 Day #2
On Day #2 Peter Parks joined the guys and we left early and ran 35 mph in flat seas. As expected it didn't take long and had bent rods on the 1st drift. The early morning fish were a little bigger and much meaner. They were very aggressive slamming the jigs and we no current so they covered a lot of ground around the boat. The guys did a great job keeping the lines untangled. We had multiple hook ups every drift for most of the morning. The new guys started feeling the pain from 2 days for jigging but stayed with it all day. Later in the day we tried a couple deep spots looking for Black fin but found more hungry jacks. Charlie caught a nice Yellow Mouth grouper, Peter released a gag and a few Albies. We had a giant Logger Head turtle come right up to the boat and check us out (very cool). Later in the day we found a school of big AJs. The 1st drift we had all 5 guys on at once. Landed a lot of 50 lb class fish. Peter caught the largest for the trip. She was a fat 54 inch long by 32 inch girth 70 plus lbs which was his best AJ. Ran back at 40 mph in a flat calm ocean.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 3-2-2013
The wind finally stopped blowing for 1 day and I had Kint, Nick, Tetsu and Frank down from NY with http://www.bookfishingtrips.com/. for their 1st trip of 2013. We had a great ride out with light NW winds and ran 40 mph most of the way. We had jigs in the water by 7:30 and as expected 1st jig down was hammered by a decent size AJ. We fished in 140 feet most of the day to avoid the sharks but paid the price with the Barracuda (landed at least 12 and lost 20 plus jigs to the toothy critters). We had constant action all morning and the AJ bite was wide open from 9:00 to 11;30. Kint was the 1st to land a African Pompano a giant 39 lb 8 ounces beast. We had triples on but pulled hooks on 2 of them close to the boat. Frank was the next to land another 35 lber. Nick followed with another 35 lber. Frank caught on fire landed 4 Africans and his last one weighed 39 lbs and 3 ounces. In all we caught 7 Africans ranging from 33 to 39 lbs. Most of the AJs were 20 to 35 lbs and a couple fatties around 50 lbs. The winds started picking up in the early afternoon and then it started blowing 20 to 25 out of the SW and decided to call it a day. Outstanding start to the 2013 spring fishing and just hope the weather starts to improve.
Fishing Report Deep Jigging 1-5-2013
I had Anthony, Jim, Gary and Jim come down from Raleigh for of jigging and trolling. As usual the weather man was a little off in the morning winds were still blowing 10 to 15 NW with 3 ft seas. We started in 140 feet and Anthony dropped 1st and hooked a decent AJ. We worked the area for a a couple hours with good action with small to medium AJs and Almacos. Moved out to 200 feet and had everyone hook up on the 1st drop. The problem was that the sharks found us quickly and ate everything we would hook. Decided to move when we watched 10 sharks circling the boat waiting for us to hook fish. We trolled south trying for Wahoo but only found hound fish. We stopped at the deep drop and fished in 300 to 350 feet. We had a lot of action with AJs and Almacos and a couple Albies but no Blackfin. Moved into 170 feet to finish the day and caught more AJs and Almacos. Then on the last drift Gary landed a 12 lb Hogfish on a jig. The weatherman was nice on the ride and took a couple nice pictures and the sun set.
follows me lately) it was also cloudy to add to the mix. As usual Joe came through and we were able to land 5 nice fish averaging 6 to 8 lbs. Of course David had to show me how it is done and caught a 10 1/2 lb x 28 1/2 inch stud of a bone. If you want to catch some large bones and have a great day around Miami I would highly recommend you give Joe a call at 305-798-0841 0r 305-642-6727. I have fished with him for over 18 years and he had never disappointed.
I also attached a couple of pictures of us feedinthe keys.