Here we are at the end of June and the heat and great fishing is cranked up to the max. I have been really, really busy. Fishing on the reef and offshore for snapper and dolphin has been consistently good and my trips have been really good when my customers can get with the program. June will go down as one of the best months in memory for offshore fishing and a record month for my customers to just completely invalidate all of my efforts and ability to have a good trip.
My business was built on the concept of fun. I know how to have a lot of different kinds of fun and I set you up to enjoy many different activities with my guidance and the proven systems I have in place for you to be successful and have fun. Here is the problem. I have my hands full making trips day to day to day. The logistics consume nearly all of my daylight time. My website takes care of my bookings and provides the information and details of what you can do and how to do it when I am on the water. It is very simple. Read through the information, follow the instructions, show up prepared and on time and it always goes good from there. Please be respectful of my time, my privacy, my efforts and my boat. June fishing was so good, but I spent way too much time dealing with people problems. Many trips were not fun because my customers were a mess beyond what I can fix. A few trips ago I had my customers get sick on a pretty nice day. The lady had a history of getting sea sick. I asked her if she took her meds. “What meds?” I tell her what I constantly repeat on my website about taking motion sickness meds like Dramamine or Bonine. She told me she didn’t see it on here and I should make it more visible.
TAKE YOUR MOTION SICKNESS MEDICATION!!!!!!!!!!
GO TO WALGREENS OR PUBLIX AND SPEND $4 AND BUY DRAMAMINE OR BONINE AND TAKE IT TWICE BEFORE YOUR TRIP SO YOU DON’T THROW MY WHOLE DAY AWAY!!!!!!!!
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEASICK MEDICATION!!!!!!!!
IF YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU GET SEASICK, TAKE PREVENTATIVE SEASICK MEDICATION!!!!!!!!!
IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT TAKE SEASCIK MEDICATION BEFORE YOU STEP FOOT ON MY BOAT!!!!!!!
DOOOOOOOOOOO ITTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!! DO IT TWICE!!!!!!!!
I’m a pretty nice guy, so I have worked with my customers up to this point. For July, you get seasick and didn’t take your meds, you are responsible for the full price of the trip you have reserved. I will not take any more losses, end of story. I want everybody to understand that you will be in a boat in the ocean during a very hot month. You must be prepared!!!!!!! Do not show up underprepared for the sun, heat or weather conditions. I do this every day. I don’t get fooled too much anymore. I know exactly where you stand before we leave the dock. Preparation equals success. I dare you to show up unprepared in July. It won’t work out for you at all. There is a giant disconnect in respect for what you will be doing with me. I understand you are land people and totally don’t get it. I go the extra mile to prepare you for your trip with helpful information. Just read, listen and do it. Prepare your guests for your trip. I need to know about your specific issues before your trip. Completely fill out the “notes” section on your reservation. I need your information!!!! If you are XL or +XL, you are 2 people on my boat. If you’re missing a leg, well that’s going to affect your balance and I need to keep you in calm seas. I need to know that!!!! If you get seasick, I need to know. I won’t go into detail about the people late because they didn’t want to get out of bed, the $750 rod that went overboard or the guy that called me at 11:30pm because he was excited or the 4 trips that booked the wrong day. Somebody got their trip cancelled today (first time in 6 years) because they were above and beyond idiots a week before their scheduled trip. This is just a little bit of my June people problems, so get it together on your end. This is easy for you. It is only difficult when you are unprepared. It is only not fun when you are not fun people to deal with.
So I’m going to wrap this up pretty quick. I’m irritated I had to go that deep into that topic, but that is my reality the past few weeks. Fishing offshore has been excellent on most days. Lots of schoolie dolphin, football sized tuna and getting to do some electric deep dropping on the smoother days and catching snowy grouper and tilefish. Even seen and caught a sailfish out there, which is uncommon for this time of year.
Reef fishing for yellowtail snapper has been really good too. It is all about the early bite and 7am start times have been the ticket to success. Showing up late to the dock does not help catch these fish!!! The grouper have thinned out and are just a bonus here and there. The deep wrecks have been quiet the past few weeks and should be producing some big mutton snapper, but just haven’t. The mangrove snapper are late this year and just getting their act together on the reef edge. They make for a good mid morning bite and night bite in mid July. I do offer night trips to beat the daytime heat and July is a good month for it.
Snorkeling and spearing has been limited with some significant algae blooms from heavy rains and some impulses of wind that has stirred up the reef water a bit. If you have an in the water trip in mind, make sure you are prepared for being in the sun, click on “trip tips” on my home page for any additional information to help be prepared.
Lobstering is going to be coming up at the end of July. I am booked for mini season an d I do not know anybody that is available. Marathon recently had a major lobster trap fire that destroyed an estimated 20,000 lobster and crab traps, so maybe we will have a little better year because of that. I have seen lobster moving into all the normal areas and so far it all looks good. Water has been a little dirty as compared to average, but that could change any time.
That’s all I want to type. I have a boat to prepare for tomorrow. Thanks to all of my prepared customers that put in a solid effort and earned their successes and made their trips a reel adventure. I like those trips!!! I’m hoping those that chose to read this get my point. No pictures on this report to not distract from the words. I’ve been way behind on my social media, but have been fairly current on Instagram @CaptFKRA. When I get a few days off I’ll get Facebook updated and post a mid July pre lobster report. In summary, you make your trip. I take you to the right places and give you the right tools to do the job well. Your trip is dictated by your preparation, your effort, your skill and your attitude.
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