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1 Jul 05 - We went to the other side for another awesome tuna trip. Departed Cape Marina 0100 hrs. Beautiful night, calm seas (less than 2ft) with a waxing moon (50% vis). Picked up our first pack of birds on radar early and when we got a visual on the fish we could see yellowfin crashing everywhere. We moved in slow after determining the schools direction and maneuvered the boat ahead at an angle that would put the lures right in there mouth. Worked well; 5 reels began screaming and we had 5 large yellowfin burning-up the reels. After a 45 min gut-buster fight we ended up landing three with two miraculously escaping. One fish weighed in over 60lbs. No problems finding birds on radar the remainder of the day. Went from one bird pack to another. Yellowfin bite slowed in the afternoon but blackfin and skipjack action never ceased. Filled fish box with tuna by the afternoon and had a pleasant ride back to the barn. Awesome Day !!!!
16 Jul 05 - Fished in a 1/2 day Boldwater sponsored tournament. Took a family of three to one of my favorite bottom spots where we catch the limit of Red Snapper. The reason this spot is so good is because a major portion of the structure is 400 yards from the posted coordinates and receives very little fishing pressure. As soon as our rigs hit bottom the snapper started tugging on the lines. Nonstop action but most were under 21 inches. We did catch a couple of nice keepers. We also did a little trolling over a spot that's been pretty hot for the last couple of weeks. Here we caught some mackerel, barracuda, and shark. Great time on the water.
28 Jul 05 - Took Steve,his son and a friend to Pelican Flats for a 1/2 day of King fishing. Started catching fish as soon as we put the baits in the water. Too late in the day to catch pogies in the inlet so we used sardines and squid for bait on our King Buster rigs. Caught most of the fish on the downrigger. Found a nice school over structure with bait pods all around and every time we trolled over that area the reels screemed. We also caught barricuda, shark and bonito. Great action packed day !
3 Aug 05 - Made another trip to the other side ot the Gulf Stream, approx 80 mi, for yellowfin tuna charter. Departed 0100 on a moonless night which made for hungry fish the following day. Seas were relatively flat with minor rain squalls in the area. Shortly after sunrise the birds were painted on radar and we got into the fish. Schools of skipjack were everywhere. We caught yellowfin (some over 60 lbs), blackfin and skipjack tuna. Went from one bird pack to another in a northerly direction. Most of the big tuna were found on the edges of the squalls. Bigeye lures, cedar plugs and rigged ballyhoo were bait of choice. Great day on the water.
8 Aug 05 - Took a family from England(see the word gets around) on a 1/2 day charter to the fishing grounds. Heading out the inlet we had manatees appear at west end of inlet and were able to take many good pics. Five miles out of port we fished behind a shrimp boat with numerous bait fish pods in area and caught four nice King Mackerel. Before departing we were able to coerce the shrimp boat captain out of a 30 LB bag of fresh caught (LG) shrimp at a bargain price. We then headed for the Pelican Flats area where we encountered nonstop fishing action. On the return trip we had a dolphin escort and another good photo op. Great day!!!
21 Aug 05 - Caught our limits of large red snapper in one hour (see pics pg 1 on gallery). All fish weighed between 20 and 30 lbs. Went north approx 30 mi where the big sow's hang out. We caught our bait on the way to the honey hole with sabiki rigs on a wreck that was saturated with sardines. At the honey hole, on every drop we hooked two or three snapper. The bait didn't have time to reach the bottom before the snapper devoured it. We also caught three nice cobia and two weighed close to thirty pounds. All in all, another awesome day on the water.
15 Sep 05 Great day, limited out on snapper (18 fish) in two hours. Fish were hungry, bite never slowed. Had six anglers fishing in back and snapper fights were goingport and starboard; snapper won. Very little current over sight and I was able to hold boat over spot with minor engine inputs. Water was dirty with 15 ft vis at surface. Sardines were bait of choice with squid coming in second.
17 Sep 05 Took a long excursion to the honey hole. King George was accompanied by his son Ed and grandson Rick. Water still very dirty (green)from Hurricane Ophelia's excessive rainfall totals. Water levels are extremely high in the intercoastal with excessive out flow from inlets and rivers to the north expelling this dirty/spinach green water. This water then flows south across our fishing grounds causing the decline in water visibility. Anyway, snapper chew in dirty water so this was our target for the day. Once over the spot we dropped sardines and squid over the target. We're unable to get live pogies in the inlet or on the beach; they just weren't there. We caught a lot of nice snapper in the 15 to 20lb range and also plenty of hungry shark. King George and crew returning in Nov for overnight trip. Hurricane Rita is Cat 2 heading west towards the Keys. High pressure north and low pressure south causing brisk onshore flow with small craft warnings through Thursday; typical Sep weather. Hopefully will be back in business this weekend.
17 Sep 05 Great day, 2 ft seas, sunny skies, water temp around 81 deg. Started out 30 miles off shore to fish some good bottom spots on the other side of the cones. I was hoping the Gulf Stream would be further out to the east and we wouldn't have to deal with the current. That was not the case and over the drop point we encountered a 3-4 knot current that made fishing extremely difficult. We then decided to travel west, out of the stream, to drop on some very productive ledges. Once over the ledges the current was marginal and I was able to keep the boat over the structures with minor engine inputs. Welcome to Shark City!!! On every drop we hooked-up with one or two sharks and the fight was on. We checked-out two other areas close by but the sharks controlled the bottom there also. So after a good work out fighting the terrors of the deep we decided to head to another site. Our next stop was on a famous wreck; a 255 ft cargo ship sunk in 1942 by a German U-Boat. The ship is hard over on its port side in 85 ft of water. Once over the wreck the bottom finder picked up bait pods and large fish over the structures and I knew we were on the jackpot. Sure enough, as soon as or rigs were dropped, the red and mangrove snapper tore through our baits. We boated several nice fish and had two enormous hits that broke the lines before we could see color. We also caught a large gag grouper and released two that were around 22 inches. We spent around 2 hours on the wreck a headed home with some very nice fish on ice. For baits we used sardines, squid, live pin fish and shrimp. Sardines worked best for the snapper. We found no pogies in the inlet but mullet starting to make an appearance. As winter nears, mahi will start making their way south through our fishing grounds returning to the winter grounds. Snapper and grouper will move into shallower waters and will congregate on wrecks and major bottom structures. Cobia will be off the beach not to far behind the mullet and King Mackerel will be plentiful. Good Fishing...
18 Oct 05 Cobia !!! Came across a weed line approximately 10 mi off shore. The line ran for miles with large scattered patches. The first patch we came up to held 3 triple tail(TT) and many more smaller fish. We caught 2 nice size TT using squid for bait. On the third cast two nice cobia popped their heads out. The first devoured the squid and then the fight was on. The second cobia (largest) stayed close by the first and we eventually hooked it up on a pink/white plug. After a long battle we eventually boated both powerful fish. We then checked all the large patches and boated another large cobia and some more TT. Next up was botton fishing. We proceeded to one of my hot spots. Sure enough as soon as we dropped the snapper started chewing. We caught 6 nice keepers and threw back many more just under 20". The action was continuous and hot! A friend then called on the VHF and reported nice schools of mahi approx 30 miles off shore. He had 15 gaffers in the boat and we also received reports from other Captains doing very well also. So we headed east and fished a scattered weed patch close to an area called the "Cones" in 250 ft of water. We put the lines out and immediately hooked-up. I knew it wasn't a dolphin because of the lack of an acrobatic show and after a good fight it ended up being a large barricuda. We then quickly hooked-up again and after another good fight pulled in a large shark. The weed was scattered and I maneuvered the boat closer to the larger patches (where the mahi hang out) Sure enough a dolphin came out from under the Sargassum cover and hit the ballyhoo hard. What an aerial display! He performed numerous tail-walks and made powerful runs which made the reel scream. After a long battle he was finally brought along side the boat and gaffed expertly by the mate. Overall nonstop great action, lots of fish in the box, great day on the deep blue!!!
4 Nov 05 Went on a charter with the Eagan family. Found the edge of the stream approx 28 miles offshore. Definite color/temp change on the edge with a nice scattered weed line. Trolled edges and chunked the large patches. Ended up bringing home some nice dolphin, kingfish and shark. We also released a good sized sailfish. Good day !!
26 Nov 05 King George and crew are back. Went to our secret honey holes and man the snapper were chewing good. King George hooked up a monster that brought him to his knees and then to his butt. Took three of us to get the King back on his feet again. I'm not sure who finally landed the fish but it was the biggest of the day. The King not only caught the largest fish but also the most; definitely has the touch. Ended up with a boat load of Red Snapper; delicious !!!!
5 Dec 05 Took Bob Fiedler out for a full day of bottom fishing. Caught some nice snapper over one of my favorite spots and then hooked up to a monster fish. Took over 30 min to get the gargantuan to the surface but when it finally showed its face it ended up being a 196lb nurse shark (see pics on page 16 of the gallery). Took us forever to land the beast. Nurse shark are rated as "excellent" food value. White, good tasting filets but a little chewy like squid. Awesome time !!!
21 Jan 06 What a day !!! Started out at the weather buoy and hooked a nice mahi. I knew one would be hanging out there; real nice fish. We then did some bottom fishing and caught snapper and a cobia. We also landed a monster snook, well over 36", great fighter !! Beautiful day, sunny and warm, seas less then 4ft.
14 Feb 06 Happy Valentine's Day !!
Took my good friend Joe and his buddies on an all day bottom fishing extravaganza. Started off at some of my favorite bottom spots and the bite was on. Caught nice keeper Snapper and Grouper. Also pulled in some triggers and plenty of black sea bass. Hooked a monster fish that we could never turn on a Penn 6/0 reel with drag set tight. Had to be well over 200 lbs. Ran the line out for several minutes before he broke off. Probably a large nurse shark. Great day with a box load full of fish. Sure tasted good (nothing better) that night. What a great life fishing; I'm truely blessed... Capt Art
15 Feb 06 Snapper and Grouper are chewing good!!! Started off in the inlet getting pogies (fish candy). Took us awhile to find the large schools but when we finally did we pulled in close to a hundred on one throw. We then proceeded to the 21 fathom line where the bite was hot and heavy all day. We caught nice snapper, gag/red/scamp/ and black grouper. We also caught black sea bass and trigger fish (best eating fish). Action packed day!! Beautiful day with winds out of the NE 10-15mph, seas 4ft, partly cloudy skies, temp in the comfortable 70's. Great fishing adventure!!
15 Feb 06 FEEDBACK Art - I just wanted to take a minute to send you a note to thank you for the most outstanding day of fishing I have ever had. It was a dream come true for me. If I died today I would die allot happier than if I didn't go out fishing with you. My wife, even though she was sick for most of it, really appreciated you taking the extra time to make sure that she was able to land a fish when she felt better. It was an unbelievable day for all of us. We really appreciated all of the effort Captain Scott put in. His expertise and patience with us in teaching us was more than we could have hoped for. He is worth every penny. Being able to come home and go to your website and already see our pictures up in your gallery on pages 19 and 20 was quite a rush! I've sent everyone the pics and recommended they look nowhere else if they want to go fishing, you're the man to see. I told a friend who is coming down next week to make sure and look you up. He's an avid fisherman up here but I told him you would show him the time of his life. I also want to let you know that we are talking about making a trip to Florida a yearly event if not every other year. I think back on last week and try to remember what all we did and the only thing that I think about is the day we spent fishing with you. Thanks for memories that will last a lifetime (or at least until the next time we come down and go fishing with you) and for a freezer full of fantastic tasting fish. I always wanted to say I once caught a fish this big, but now I am not a liar thanks to you. Again thanks for all that you did, keep doing it the way you do it because you and Scott made us feel like we were really being taken care of by the best. I don't know what else I can say but thanks again. Wayne
17 Feb 06 FEEDBACK Art:
Just a note to say thanks for your help this past Friday. The Burton Family had a really great experience. You did a great Job. You have a great boat and you make a great Presentation. I have sent you a copy of the Certificate (Microsoft WORKS) that I give to every family after the scattering. I got the picture of the boat from your web site.
Again Thanks, and God Bless
19 Mar 06 Cobia, Cobia, Cobia!!!! This is cobia month. I've been so busy I haven't had time to do any updates to the web site. Our water temp 1-3 mi offshore is 70 deg. This is the perfect temp for cobia. They will be off our shores in the masses another month or so until the temp increases and then they'll move north on there northerly migratory route. You site fish for cobia. Usually start around 10 or 11 when the sun is high in the sky and you look for these behemoths at the surface in groups or individually. They also tag along manta rays and always near weed or any floatsam/jetsam. So you look for anything out of the ordinary on the surface and especially rays jumping out of the water. On this charter we were bottom fishing and hooked a 60 lb plus monster who sucked-up a pogy about 1/2 way down. We hooked it in the side and took us 45 min to boat it. Awesome fish !!!!
23 Mar 06 Took David Biller and friends King fishing on Pelican Flats. Nonstop action!! Kings's were all fired up. Limited-out in a few hours. Also hit a bottom spot on the way back in and caught a 24lb Red Drum, a nice Red Sapper, and some Sea Bass. Great day; awesome summer weather is here.
28 Mar 06 Manta Rays-100's !!! Went east approx 22 mi and fished a rip with an awesome line of sargassum weed. Manta's everwhere with cobia's beneath most. Limited out in a few hours. Unbelievable day, didn't want to leave. Manta's were huge..Beautiful cloudless day, light winds, temp in the low 80's. What an adventure...Capt Art FishKing
5 Apr 06 FEEDBACK Capt. Art. Wanted to drop you a note to say THANK YOU for a great time yesterday! I admit, I was a little skeptical in the morning taking so much time trying to find bait but, you guys were right, once we had bait, we had fish. Catching our limit of fourteen Kings in less than one hour is truly amazing, and still having time to catch a Cobia and a nice triple tale. And that is just what we were able to get in the boat not counting the hook ups and the ones that got away or as JC said “the ones that live to get off!” What a day! Everyone had a blast. The Cobia is in the refrigerator and freezer, the King is on the smoker, and the triple tail is almost ready for the oven. I also wanted to complement you on your choice of mates. JC was unbelievable! I know he was dancing around when the Kings started hitting but he didn’t miss a step. And helping us put the triple tail on the dinner table was remarkable. I am in the process of putting another trip together with some other friends of mine. Once I have a few available dates from them I will forward the dates to you so we can work out the trip. My wife has given you business card to another individual that was questioning us about the trip and if they or anybody ask me I will definitely tell them how great you, your mate and your boat are to fish with. Happy adventures and I will talk with you again! Thanks Gary
5 May 06 Sorry that's its been so long for an update but we've been fishing nonstop. Just got through with the cobia run (awesome) and now its time for Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin. The last of the cold fronts have come our way and the great summer weather is now upon us (calm seas, blue skies and clear water). Mahi are showing up in larger numbers each day and the sargassum weed is starting to form up (the weed is one of our primary locators for mahi).
The next three months will be some of the best fishing here on the treasure coast. I'm now preparing the boat for a tuna trip to the "other side" but the weather looks if'eeee (north winds) I have lots of pics to add to the gallery and will update as soon as I get time. So what are you waiting for; your fishing adventure awaits !!!!! Capt Art
11 May 06 FEEDBACK Art,
Great tuna trip, the boat rode great through the stream, and the tuna bite was unreal. There is nothing like getting one of those brutes into the boat and sushing one up with the guys on the way to the next pack of birds. We were real happy with your persistence and J.C. was a great mate. The water on the "otherside" is truly one of God's great creations. Can't wait to get out there again !!!! GOT WASABi !!!!
23 May 06 Sorry its been so long since my last report but we've been fishing almost every day and I haven't had time to do any updates. Fishing has been simply awesome !!! I have about 30 pics to add to the gallery and when I get some time I'll post them. We've been doing well trolling and bottom fishing. Yesterday we caught 5 mahi, 3 nice red snapper, scamp and gag grouper, amberjack, and our limit of porgies; phenomenal day. Most days have been extremely productive and will for some time. Weather is also Florida's best this time of year. So when your ready to drop a line and fill the fish box don't hestitate to call....Capt Art
12 Jun 06 Well I finally added about 50 pics to the gallery; check out the last 4-5 pages. That's a sampling of what we've been catching lately. The bite is on, top and bottom, and will be for some time. Tuna has been an awesome fishery on the "other side" and will only get better as the summer progresses. We've been fishing every good weather day and get very little time to come up for air; loving every minute of it !!!! Blue water, tight lines, tasty fish---it doesn't get any better.. FishKing
16 Jun 06 FEEDBACK Captain Art, We chartered through you on May 28th and had a wonderful time. Your ‘Secret Spot’ out in the Gulf Stream where we bottom fished was a hit. We’ll have to start out there next time! Attached is a picture for your website. We’re looking forward to doing it again in a few months.
18 Jul 06 - Just added pic to the gallery (check out last pages). Been to busy to do fishing reports; "great fishing" !!!
19 Sep 06 - Sorry its been so long since the last update but we've been busy catching lots of fish. In the last month or so we've routinely located large schools of mahi mahi. Its still a little early for their southerly migration but we've been locating them on floatsam/weed lines close to the edge of the stream. Once they are located we start chumming to keep them close to the boat. Some schools stay around the boat for hours and quite a few nice fish get hooked-up. They are a exceptional fighting fish who's acrobatic leaps and aerial displays are simply spell bounding. We've also been doing exceptional with cobia. They usually pop-up mysteriously out of nowwhere and in close proximety to the boat. We then scramble to throw squid tipped jigs and work them methodically to entice the bight. Once hooked-up the fight of your life is on. They are a powerful fish with most fights lasting from 30-60 min. Later in the day when the water is warm we've also been catching them slow trolling on the downrigger. King Fish bite has been great as usual and most days we catch our limit along with sharks, barricuda and bonito (non-stop action). I've recently made a couple tuna trips to the "other side" and we've done very well with yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack tuna; awesome trips!!! As the water starts to cool the bottom bite will turn-on and blackfin tuna will start showing up in good numbers around the shrimp boats. JC and I have also made a few dives and have been catching good numbers of lobster. The other day I dove and found a bag someone left behind with 5 nice size lobster (alive)on the bottom close to the ledge; thanks!! All in all, fishing and diving has been at its best. JC and I are having the time of our life. So come on and join us and we're sure to have quite the adventure. See you soon....Capt Art
28 Feb 07 FEEDBACK Captain Art,
This is Bob Coffelt. If you remember we fished with you on 1/17/07 and caught the big king that we had to hand line in after it got caught on the prop. I am mailing you a disc with the pictures and prints of some of those pictures we made from that trip. The pictures came out great. We had a great time fishing with you and would recommend you to any one. Don't forget to mail us the T-Shirts (Both Size Large) you told us you would send. Thanks again for a great trip. Hope to back soon. Bob Coffelt
28 Feb 07 Fishing is great !!!! Cobia are showing-up with the manta rays all over our fishing grounds; soon free swimmers will follow. Bottom fishing is awesome with great catches of snapper and grouper. King Fish has been very productive as usual and we hand-lined a 48 pounder smoker that got tangled in the cotter pin on the prop (amazing that line didn't break). The other day we chummed a school of 40 mahi over to the boat that were feeding on a weed line. The birds following them gave them away. Fishing at its best this time of year and only getting better!!!! So come on, what are you waiting for, your fishing adventure awaits..Capt Art
13 April 07 Been so busy, doing what I do best, have very little time to update web site. Fish have been chewing the bottom out of the boat!!! Caught lots of fat cobia during their migration south; sometimes swimming with giant manta rays. King fishing been phenomenal usually catching daily bag limits. Bottom bite is still going off and the dolphin and sails are starting to show on our fishing grounds. Don't forget the yellowfin on the other side; doesn't get any better. Everyone has the fever, come get some......Capt Art
30 Apr 07- Tuna fishing is awesome !!! Filled both fish boxes with yellowfin, blackfin and mahi. Only had to go 70 miles. Fish were feeding well on surface. Lots of bird packs to take us to the fish. Largest tuna was around 80 lbs; mahi averaged 30-40 lbs. Best start of the tuna fishing season in years. Come on and get some!!! Capt Art
21 May 07 FEEDBACK
I would like to thank you for the extra effort you put in to getting the charter set. I was not able to go and was a little skeptical setting this up over the phone. You took very good care of my sons and their friends and did everything that I asked,and also caught plenty of fish (BIG) like you said. I booked this charter because you seemed to be a man of your word and it turned out that was the case. The boys spent a week in Florida and all we have heard is about the Fishing trip and Captain Art & JC. You guys made their trip. I'll be there next time I promise. Thanks Again Ron Carimi
11 June 07 FEEDBACK Art this is Jeff Mills and I just wanted to thank you for the great fishing trip. We all enjoyed ourselves and had a blast spending the morning on the water with you and JC. I will definitely be getting another trip together to come out and catch some more monster fish with yall, as well as recomending you to anyone I come across looking for a great trip. Once again thanks allot for the great hospitality and putting us on the fish.
27 Jun 07 - Fishing been awesome !!! Been doing lots of bottom fishing (21,27 fathom and deeper)with great results. Trolling for mahi been good and weed lines are forming as summer continues with calm wind and seas. King Mackerel bite is on as usual with mahi,cobia,sailfish, sharks and barricuda mixing in the catch. Looking forward to Dwyer's (otherside) tuna tournament 7 Jul; hope to do well. All in all, great fishing!!! I'm so lucky!!! Capt Art
14 Aug 07 FEEDBACK Art,
Thank you for a great day of fishing. We had the best day ever to catch fish. The weather was great (hot, but great). The fish were doing everything but jumping in the boat for us. Had some great hook ups and brought most of them in the boat. All together we brought 32 in the boat and was able to keep 24. 14 Kings, 8 AJ's 1 cobia and 1 dolphin. Had to throw 3 other kings back because of the barracudas taking off the tails. Art tell CJ thank you and we will be looking you up again.
1 Sep 07 FEEDBACK Hey Art it is me Scott Garcia I recently went out with you my brother and dad. By the way that big grouper we found tasted great. I don't think my dad ever sent you a thank you letter, but just wanted to let you know that you made a trip that will never be forgotten for any of us. I was wondering if you did split trips. Because my Brother and I want to go in the near future before I go back to college. Maybe on the 13th or 14 of september. If you have anything avaliable please let me know. Becasue we will not go with any other captain in that area after we got the treatment that we got from ya'll.
5 Dec 07 - Bottom fishing going off !!! Water is starting to cool a bit and fish are moving into shallower waters. Been catching grouper, snapper, amberjack, sea bass, trigger fish, etc.. 27 fathom ridge been working the best. King Mackerel have finally shown up on the ridges and were're catching many over 20 lbs. Inshore water temp is around 70 deg making ideal conditions for tripletail and cobia. Also with cooler waters mahi have started there southerly migration through our fishing grounds along with sailfish. All in all, ideal fishing conditions !! So come on, your fishing adventure awaits. Capt Art
19 Jan 08 FEEDBACK This is Blair, you took me and my two friends fishing last Sunday.. I promise to return next time for cobia (I love how they fight). Al and I both wish that Hailey would have felt better so we could of had a longer trip. Like your ad says "you catch the most fish" .. There never was a wait. One or two lines would be going off always.. Cptn Scott was great and very patient with all our questions as we were newbies on the Florida sea. I attached a photo but yours are probably better. Could you forward me the photo's.. Thanks again, Blair
4 Feb 08 FEEDBACK Art,We made it home to Syracuse New York and so did the 50+ pounds of fish fillets. First I would like to say thank you for the best day of fishing I have had! When we talked over the phone I wanted to make sure that my boys would be able to do some fishing and you delivered with some light tackle and 12 King Mackerel, I also wanted to test myself on some strong fighting fish and you put us on them and we boated 5 Amberjacks. You were honest with me and delivered what we wanted and that is all anyone could ask for. You and Scott allowed me to get right into the whole experience "helping" where I could. I have talked with some of my friends and Vic may be calling you for a trip in April with his dad.
I will attach some of the pictures from our trip and when I come back to Florida I will be calling you! Again Thank you and would recommend your services to all!
Steve, Sonya,Steven & Matthew
16 Apr 08 Spring is here and fishing is awesome!!!! Calm seas and a torquoise blue ocean can be hypnotic. Mahi Mahi are starting to make their northerly migration through our fishing grounds. Both schoolies and larger bulls and cows are being caught. Cobia are found free-swimming and on Manta Rays and Leatherback Turtles. King Fishing is always good and the bottom bite for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Sea Bass, etc is great!! This is also the start of Tuna fishing on the 'other side" of the Gulf Stream. Birds have finally arrived pinpointing the massive surface feeding schools. So whatever is your fishing pleasure Scott and I will do our best to make your trip the most enjoyable and memorable adventure possible...Capt Art
28 Apr 08 FEEDBACK
TO CAPT ART BOYD
I just wanted to say thank you for the very memorable fishing trip aboard the NANCYJANE 2.
You really did put us on fish. Your mate Beau was great and very professional. Could not have been happier about the catch and release of that fine sailfish. The mahi was fine table fair and even my wife enjoyed it very much. Your boat was well setup and a fine boat to fish from as a boat owner this is high praise.
28 Apr 08 Sailfish and Mahi Mahi going off!!! Tuna on the "other side" as good as it gets. Calm seas and fair weather on the forecast. Fishing at its finest!! Come and get some...Capt Art
1 May 08 FEEDBACK
I wanted to take time out of my hectic schedule to write you about the offshore fishing trip I took with you and your mate.
I was originally a little apprehensive, as I have never chartered a boat before. That apprehension disappeared quickly.
You truly do catch the most fish as was witnessed by myself and my guests recently as we pulled back into the Canaveral Docks. I could see the envy on the other captains faces. The goal for us was to have a great time, learn a little about fishing offshore, and to catch a lot of fish. ALL WAS ACCOMPLISHED!!! Thank you for an incredible experience!
We will be seeing you again soon for another “adventure” and the “Art of Fishing”.
My very best to you and yours,
C. Hamilton Boone, P.A.
15 May 08 FEEDBACK
SIR, WE WENT OUT WITH YOU SAT. MAY THE 10th AND HAD THE BEST TRIP YOU COULD ASK FOR. YOUR PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE AND DESIRE WAS SECOND TO NONE. WE TROLLED FOR DOLPHIN AND I LET THE BIG ONE GET AWAY OR MAYBE IT WASNT MY FAULT AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO BELEIVE. LOL. SO THEN YOU ASKED IF WE WANTED TO CATCH SOME AMBERJACK.. NOT KNOWING WHAT WE WERE GETTING INTO WE SAID YES.. ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW, WOW, WOW... WHAT FUN THAT WAS. PETE YOUR MATE WAS AS NICE OF A PERSON YOU COULD ASK FOR, VERY HELPFUL IN EVERY WAY..
JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU AND LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING IT AGAIN. GOD BLESS AND STAY SAFE.
16 May 08 FEEDBACK
Capt Art -
I wanted to thank you again for an absolutely amazing day on the water last week with my dad and uncle. Being from Cocoa Beach, I was a little worried about making the right decision on which charter to choose but after our fishing trip and also seeing how our catch compared to the other boats when we returned at the dock, I must say that I will definitely be booking charters w/ you again in the future! Your boat with it's added shade and comfortable cabin was an added bonus. I included pictures of the sailfish and our catch for you and please feel free to give out my contact info to anyone interested in booking a charter w/ you. I'll be happy to give them plenty of details of how you and Kevin went out of your way to make the day awesome! Thanks again. Will be in touch!
5 Jun 08 FEEDBACK
Capt. Art, this is Wayne Kahl, I brought my father in-law, uncle and cousin out on May 6th, 2008 to fish with you. We had a great time. Just wanted to thank you again. We caught Amberjack and Mahi Mahi, Delicious. You definitely know how to find the fish, and what bait to use. We were impressed about how clean your keep your boat and the amount of professionalism you have. Your Mate, Kevin, did a great job as well. Very impressed. We recommend you to anyone wanting to do offshore fishing.
5 Aug 08 FEEDBACK
Hi, this is Angie Yost.
On June 11, 2008, my husband and I, our teenage daughter and 2 of her friends went on an all day fishing trip with you. We caught king fish, cobia and jack. We had a great time. The girls loved swimming in the water. They wanted to go straight back out again. I got some great pictures of my husbands Cobia and the girls swimming. They have told everyone about swimming in 88 feet of water. We are planning to go again next summer. Thanks for a great fising trip.>
The Yost family
28 Aug 09 FEEDBACK
Just wanted to write a thank you note and say what a great time we had on this fishing trip. Considering the 2 nasty storms that rolled through Captain Art not only steered us out of harms way, but with the shorter fishing time we limited on King Mackeral caught several other species and returned back to the docks seeing other boats that barely even got their lines in the water. Art also knows how to read his electronics and find the fish, so to anyone interested in fishing the area I would strongly recommend booking Art for any trip you desire. Many thanks and I will fish with your charter in the near future hopefully, many thanks again, Hans & friends.
5 Feb 10
Had a problem with my server. For some reason this page was totally erased or lost somehow. I didn't have a backup but the server did. Unfortunately the backup was only through 28 Aug 09; all posts after that were lost to cyber space. So I will start backing-up web site; lesson learned. Anyway fishing great!!! Catching limits on Amberjack and King Mackerel fishing is always good!! Cobia are showing up along with the gigantic Manta Rays. Blackfin tuna are always close to the shrimp boats. Good time to also hook-up sailfish while we slow troll. Also wont be long before Mahi will be migrating through our fishing grounds. Boat is looking good and running great. So come on your fishing adventure awaits...Capt Art
11 Feb 10
Have a minute to write a quick note about our shark adventure. A couple weeks ago we were returning from a charter. Approximately 20 miles from shore I noticed quite a few birds hoovering and diving over a small area. When we reached the birds we saw a very large shortfin Mako Shark trying to eat a Loggerhead turtle that was on the surface of the water. We estimate the Mako at about 9 ft long and well over 400lbs. The Mako kept swimming circles around the Loggerhead trying in vain to get the turtle in his mouth. We immediately cut up large chunk bait and started chumming the water. We then put a large piece of chunk bait on a wire rig and trolled it slowly behind the boat. It didn't take long for the hook-up. Once hooked-up the Mako made numerous spectacular leaps out of the water. He never made long runs and stayed close to the boat and Loggerhead turtle. He came along side the boat numerous times and I was able to shoot him with my spear gun with power head attached. The power head malfunctioned when fired out of the water. The rounds were going off as soon as I pulled the trigger and not when the spear hit the shark. I figure the rounds ricocheted when they hit surface of water and never hit the mark. So we had four unsuccessful shots. We had the Mako hooked-up close to 2 hours and he never showed signs of giving-in. He finally did a couple of spins close to the surface wrapping the line around him. We then saw the braided line above the wire leader go into his mouth which immeditaly cut. The Mako looked back at us pissed as he swam towards the depths looking again for the Loggerhead I'm sure!!! What a dissappointment!! Needless to say we're checking all bird packs and power head has been functioned checked in and out of water...Capt Art
25 Apr 10 As usual so busy barely have time to post fishing reports. MAHI,MAHI,MAHI !!!! Started showing up about 2 weeks now. Great fishing especially with good temperature breaks and weed lines. One of my favorite types of fishing. Grouper opens back up 1 May. Needless to say lots of bottom fishing on the agenda also. Ocean settles this time of year as does the weather. We are under more direct high pressure systems that bring light winds and calm seas. Out in the deep the ocean turns a cobalt blue with long, bright sunny days. Bait fish are here, water has warmed to ideal conditions and all the makings of perfect fishing days are here. But all year long here in Florida you have perfect fishing conditions; it's just a little bit more perfect!!! So come on, your fishing adventure awaits!!
Mahi, Mahi, Mahi !!!!! Mahi are roaming all over our fishing grounds. Best Mahi fishing for the next couple of months. Grouper opens today. Great fishing conditions!!! Lots of trolling and bottom dropping going on. Come get some!! Capt Art
2 May 10 Hooked-Up a 200 lb Hammerhead Shark. Ate a 20 lb snapper 15 feet below the surface that we were trying to land and release. Hour and a half fight on a penn 4.0 reel with 60lb braided line. Powerful fish!!! Rod got passed numerous times as he made quick work of each angler. We eventually had it close enough to get a rope around tail; take some picture and release. He then swam powerfully straight off to the deep, where he ate more snapper I'm sure, replinishing calories spent in this awesome fishing battle of giants!!
19 May 10 FEEDBACK Just wanted to take a minute to thank Capt. Art for a great day of fishing, and recommend him to anyone interested catching fish. The mate reffered to him as the "Mad Scientist" when it comes to finding the fish... and HE FINDS THE FISH! Even in strong winds, currents, rough water, and no weedline, the Mad Scientist knows something the others don't, and had us hooking up on the top and bottom, ALL DAY, NON-STOP! Chadley Jaziri
1 May 10 Great time to be fishing!!! Yesterday we caught Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Sea Bass and a few other tasty critters. Weather has been perfect and should stay that way throughout the summer with calm seas, cobalt blue water and very hungry fish. I'm going to have to do another bottom check soon cause the fish are chewing the bottom out of my boat.
27 May 10 Feedback Captain Art, This is Darren DeCarlo from last Friday. Vinny and I had an awesome trip and we wanted to say thank you very much. We have been bragging about your charter and how superb Paul is to so many people and friends, you guys are true professionals. As I mentioned to you to last week we will definitely be back. Now that we have photos and videos of what we caught its no problem getting friends to join us..! Thank you for your time. Darren DeCarlo PGA
31 May 10 Feedback Art & Paul, We all wanted to thank you for a great fishing adventure last week! We were all impressed with both your and Paul’s, experience, customer service, knowledge of the fishing areas, and the amazing efforts to help our rookie offshore fishing group to catch fish and have a great time. If we could have only gotten Emily to bite the head off that bait fish instead of you, I’m sure we would have caught a whale instead of that huge snapper. OK you GOT me! We all had a great time and will be looking you up again, when we come from the hills of PA to visit Cape Canaveral. Thanks again, Glenn and Lynda Bush
7 June 10 Won first-place in last Saturdays FSFA tournament in the Slam division!!! Won awesome trophy of hooked Wahoo made from polished teak. Also won a check for $1500. Split winnings with my charter for the day; Chris Perez. Pictures will soon be added to gallery.
8 June 10 Feedback Capt Art, Just wanted to take the time to say thank you so much for the awesome trip yesterday!!! It was first time for 2 and they cant stop talking about it. This was my second trip with you this year and the catch hasn't disappointed!! Talking with the guys last night they want to plan another trip in October, and going at night. Please extend our gratitude to Paul as well!! Thanks again, Sam Sagona
10 June 10 Feedback: Everyone had a blast on the trip and we are already looking forward to next year... David
30 June 10 Feedback Art, What to thank you again for the Awesome fishing Saturday 06-19-2010. Its was great the first pole that went in the water we hung a fish. 2 weeks later the boy is still talking about the groupers he caught and showing every one the picture of it. Again thanks to you and Paul, hopeful will get back over your way soon for other trip. Anthony Seekford
14 Oct 10: Sorry it's been so long since my last update but I've been extremely busy fishing, spending time with my new grandaughter and fixing whatever my better half deems so (pain in the &^#@). Mahi Mahi are starting their southerly migration through our waters; good catches. Mangrove snapper bite is awesome especially around the full moon when they spawn. Amberjack are chewing the bottom out of my boat as usual. King Mackerel is picking up; excellent in November. Grouper is also getting better as our waters cool allowing fish to transition into shallower areas allowing easier hook-ups. Also good catches of sea bass, triggers, and vermillion snappers. Pretty good fishing scenarios to say the least. So come on an escape for a day of fishing pleasure that always awaits the offshore fisherman!!! Capt Art
12 Jan 11: Waters are approaching 69 deg; cobia temp. Last week we came across a large group of gigantic manta rays; most with cobia underneath. We had an awesome time catching these powerful and tasty fish!!! Amberjack are on the deep wrecks; lots weighing over 50lbs. King Mackerel bite is awesome, usually two or three fish on at a time. Mangrove snapper, sea bass and triggers good as usual; especially around the full moon. Great fishing!!! Paul and I look forward to taking you and your family on a fishing adventure of a life time!! So come on, yours awaits...Capt Art
6 Feb11: Fishing been great, especially bottom fishing. Amberjack been on the deep wrecks as usual and sometimes we find them on shallower inshore wrecks. Catching lots of sea bass and trigger fish (excellent eating) lots of action. Last week and Friday caught Cobia on manta rays and the bite is only getting better. King Mackerel are to the south and soon will be chewing the bottoms out of our boats. Mango Snapper are in areas with lots of structure on the bottom. We've had lots of nice warm, sunny days on the water; Friday close to 80deg. Great times!!!
3 May 11: Sorry again it's been so long since my last report but I'm fishing so much there's hardly any time to add reports. Fishing been awesome as usual!! We've had great cobia fishing since March and caught many over 50 lbs. Our waters are warming and Mahi Mahi are starting to show up. We caught a 35 pounder the other day. Gave us a great fight and took 35 minutes to finally land Mr. Dorado. Grouper opened 1 May and great time for catching the behemoths (one of my favorite types of fishing). Mangrove snapper will be starting to spawn soon and we'll be targeting them around the full moon. Sailfish also migrating through our waters. We hooked a nice one the other day close behind the boat which immediately flew out of the water and provided a spectacular tail-walking display. Amberjack and King Mackerel bite good as usual. ALL IN ALL, GREAT FISHING DAYS AND LOADS OF FISH TO CLEAN BACK AT THE MARINA...EVERYDAY!!!
19 June 11: Mangrove Snapper spawning, chumming them up to boat; great catches!!! Bottom bite is on; good catches of grouper, mangrove snapper, sea bass, vermillion snapper, etc.. Mahi and Sailfish still good especially with live sargassum weed lines. Amberjack on most deep wrecks and major structure. Excellent fishing!!
25 July 11 FEEDBACK: We just wanted to send you an email to thank you for a wonderful day fishing last Saturday (7/23). We all had a wonderful time and are so happy with the fish we caught. Also, thank you for the suggestion of taking a sampling of our catch to Grills. The fish was delicious and it had the best atmosphere to end our weekend. Also want to send props to your first mate Paul, he was absolutely amazing! So quick and on the ball with everything, friendly and helpful in every aspect, especially reeling our fish in. We will definitely be back over in the spring to catch some Mahi.. Thanks again we will recommend you to anybody we know!
28 Sep 11 Fishing been great!! Hooked up three sailfish the other day and boated one. They were feeding on small bait fish on the edge of the Gulf Stream near a pretty impressive weed line. The weed line had lots of bait, flying fish and birds working it. Lots of Amberjack on the deep wrecks. Closer inshore we had good catches of sea bass and red/vermillion snapper and of coarse barricuda and sharks. Also caught some nice scamp grouper. Having awesome days out the blue waters.
28 Sep 11 Fishing been great!! Hooked up three sailfish the other day and boated one. They were feeding on small bait fish on the edge of the Gulf Stream near a pretty impressive weed line. The weed line had lots of bait, flying fish and birds working it. Lots of Amberjack on the deep wrecks. Closer inshore we had good catches of sea bass and red/vermillion snapper and of coarse barricuda and sharks. Also caught some nice scamp grouper. Having awesome days out the blue waters.
25 Jan 12 Flounder are on all the deep wrecks spawning. Caught 15 nice door mat size on our last outing. Best time of year for catching amberjack on the deep wrecks; pretty hungry too as we caught most jigging. Nice sizes, up to 40-50 lbs. King Mackerel are chewing the bottom out of my boat. Been having two and three hook-ups at a time. Great fishing!!! Lots of sail fish around. Hooked up a nice one the other day who came in our spread and took a Kingfish bait. After numerous leaps and bounds and over an hour fighting we finally boated him and took some great pictures. Water temp are around 69 deg. Cobia been popping up everywhere. Lots of bait inshore with cobia hanging close. We'll be sight fishing for them soon in the afternoons. We've been having some awesome fishing days and great weather. Customers are having the time of there life!!!! Capt Art
7 March 12 Fishing getting Hot!!!!! Mahi Mahi showing up migrating through our fishing grounds. Cobia are everywhere, water is 69 deg, their ideal temp. Amberjack bite is great on the deep wrecks. Sailfish are hanging around bait pods. King Mackerel bite is good as always. Bottom fishing is ideal. Awsome days on pristine waters and sunny, warm tranquil days. Capt Art \
20 April 12 Large Mahi Mahi showing up; a 51 and 41 pounder caught yesterday. Grouper opens 1 May. Vermillion snapper most days on fire. Catching behemoth amberjack on deep wrecks. Trolling and bottom fishing ideal. Mangrove snapper will be spawning soon!! We'll be targeting them on their secret spawning grounds. Great fishing!!!
FEEDBACK: 1 MAY 12 Just wanted to say thank you for the great fishing trip you took my wife and me on April 12. We had a great time. We will recommend you to our friends. Again just wanted to say thanks. Brian and Terry Davies
FEEDBACK 21 MAY 12 Thanks again for an awesome fishing trip!!!! Boat was sweet and Daniel was amazing! I've been on about 10 professional charters from St Lucia to Mexico and he was by far the best I've seen. He was crazy fast and jumping in the water with no hesitation or complaining was impressive to say the least. You guys have a great thing and I'm sure your business will reflect that. I will send some pics your way as soon as I get them all together. Thanks again! And I will be booking another trip with you in the near future! PS Any tips on cooking Cobia, Kingfish, and Amberjack as far as flavor would be great:). Thanks again! Greg Hills
FEEDBACK: 11 JUNE 12 Hey Captain Art! I want to drop you a line to thank you for a great day of fishing. Your website wasn’t lying where it says “We Catch More Fish”! We have fished many charter boats, but our day with you was the best ever for us! And hats off to your 1st Mate, Daniel, for being the most knowledgeable guy we ever worked with! Attached is a few photos of our day. We’ll be scheduling another day with you real soon. Take care and say hi to Daniel for us! Andy Gerovac
FEEDBACK: 9Jul 12 Thanks for your efforts and a great day of fishing... Daniel is one hell of a mate and it was a pleasure fishing with him... He has quite a passion and me and my boys were very pleased and will be booking future trips. You defineitly go above and beyond to catch fish....
FEEDBACK: 6 Sep 12 I would like to thank you for the fishing trip of a life time. I have fished all over the world and this fishing trip with you and my two sons on 23 Aug 2012 will go down as the best ever!!! Not only did you put us on large fish but what a variety. We caught red snapper, warsaw grouper, wahoo, king mackerel, sharks, vermillion snapper, black sea bass and trigger fish. Just catching the bait was a great time!! You and deck hand "Matt" were great. You are a true professionals. I have already spread the word about our great trip with you. Again, thank you and I hope to go out with you again next year when I'm down your way. Jerry Heck Gloucester, Virginia
13Dec12 - Bottom bite is exceptional; lots of hungry big fish. Groupers getting ready to spawn; moving into shallower water making them easier to catch. Lots of giant amberjack around. Caught four nice Mahi Mahi the other day that swam up to the boat while we were bottom fishing. Cobia popping up all over.. GREAT FISHING AS USUAL!!!
9 Feb 13 - Cobia on Manta Rays in our fishing grounds now. Perfect water temps for cobia. Caught our limit of Amberjack on the deep wrecks. King Mackerel still excellent bite and big fish!!! Caught Sailfish the other day and missed another. Awesome fishing!!!!
26 March 13 - Mahi Mahi starting to migrate through our fishing grounds. Water temps are around 69 deg; perfect for Cobia. Cobia and large Manta Rays are offshore with good catches being made. Amberjacks all over deep wrecks as usual. Start of the Spring migration..Great fishing!!!
2 May 13 Grouper season opened yesterday; will be doing lots of bottom fishing. Mahi Mahi everywhere!!! Great catches of large amberjack on deep wrecks. Vermillion snapper catches awesome along with trigger fish. Awesome time for fishing!!!
FEEDBACK - 14 May 13 - Thanks
again for a great day!!! We had an outstanding time!!! I'll be sure to recommend
you to anyone I know that's headed to central FL. All
the best, Dan