Memorable catch for returning anglers Jim and Billy from Maryland

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report, Capt. Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters, March 16, 2011

Jim Bird and his son, Billy, from Edgewater MD, returned after four years for another Marathon Florida Keys father-son fishing adventure.  They spent a day in the backcountry with Capt. Diego Cordova of Flat Out Sportfishing and a day on the reef with me.

The yellowtail action was red-hot with large fish, so we self-imposed a 15-inch minimum.  We kept 17 of the roughly 17,000 yellowtails we caught in about 45 minutes. 

We then moved on to drop for mutton snapper and put one big boy in the box.  We added a 10-pound yellowjack and some mangrove snapper to the catch.  We topped of the day with two hard-fighting reef donkey amberjack that weighed in at 30 and 45 pounds.  Jim and Billy also released a bunch of grouper, including a nice 9-pound gag.

We packaged and froze all of their eating fish and smoked their AJs for them.  All the Florida Keys goodness got shipped up to Maryland thanks to Arno and his crew at the Marathon UPS Store.

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