2010-04-26 - Blackfin tuna on light tackle & fly off Key West

Our spring fishing is finally here, and we've been experiencing some great fishing both inshore and off. Last week, had a chance to get out with Bob Lewis and his 11-year old son Cade and 13-year old, Cole. -- all from Stamford, Conn. On our first day we did a little mixed-bag reef fishing, catching yellowtail and gray snapper, as well as barracuda, all on light spinning tackle. In the afternoon, we headed into shallow water for some sight fishing shark action, where Cole managed to release a 300-pound bull shark on 20-pound spinning tackle.

Day 2 saw calm sea conditions and a chance to head to the shrimp boats and chase black fin tuna and false albacore on light tackle and fly rod. We had great day of fishing boating 15 tuna to 30 pounds on 12 and 20 pound spinning tackle. We also managed to release more than 20 false albacore on everything from 12-pound spin to fly rod. Cade finished the day boating an 80-pound blacktop shark.

Day 3, the guys opted for a little tarpon and shark action and they were definitely on their game. In four hours, the Lewis crew went 5-9 on tarpon, with Cade proving top rod, hooking 4 and catching two. Cole backed him up with several fish jumped, releasing a 70-pounder and dad came up with two releases including the day's largest, estimated at 140 pounds.

We also had a chance to get out with Mark Mezis of Washington Township, NJ and his wife Pam. Mark was looking to add a variety of species to his lifetime catch list, and calm weather saw us heading to the Gulf again on Day 1 of their Florida Keys light tackle adventure. Mark and Pam managed to boat 5 blackfin tuna to 28 pounds and more than a dozen false albacore to 15 pounds. We then moved off to a bottom spot where mark was able to add jack crevalle, amberjack and grey snapper to his list.

On day two of his adventure, mark opted to do a solo 4 hour tarpon trip, where he managed to jump 5 tarpon to 120 pounds and a 28-pound cuda.

We've got some great fishing to look forward to here in Key West over the next couple of months so give us a call and let’s go fishing!

Captain Ted Lund

one of 14 blackfin taken on a recent tr
a 13-pound false albacore
a doubleheader of Key West blackfin tuna
Key West amberjack taken on light tackle
Cole Lewis and a giant false albacore
Capt. Ted Lund and Bob Lewis with another Key West blackfin