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Nice Sailfish.

What a great day.

Mutton Snapper and a Sailfish!

Catch and Release by Capt Petrucco and Crew.


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Mutton Snapper for Dinner?


Brian Tucker with a great MUTTON SNAPPER and his first Sailfish.

How’s that for dinner and a show!

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Hello to all my Canadian friends!

Huge 47lb gag grouper caught and released with Capt Petrucco by Dennis from Quebec.

Check this out.  Fantastic catch.

The gag grouper is a bottomfeeder and is often caught by fishermen seeking bottom-dwelling species, such as snappers.

Its flaky white meat is considered quite delicious. Resource


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Gary catches a nice sailfish!

Way to go guys!



Big Amberjack caught with Capt Petrucco Islamorada Charter Fishing! post image


Uva from Germany with an impressive 101 lb Amberjack.

It was his biggest fish ever! It took him fifty minutes on a 50/02 avet w key largo rod.

The large female was released to continue spawning.

Amberjack refers to three species of Atlantic fish of the Carangidae family (genus Seriola), which includes the jacks and the pompanos.



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The Machine Steve Spatenga has been down this week fishing for “big boys”. Today we caught a 340 pound scalloped hammerhead on the first drop in the morning. After that we hooked and landed three more big lemon and bull sharks. It could not get any better right? Wrong! Next we caught an 80 pound amberjack which fought like a champ. Steve Sr took a brief respite while Stevie Jr (all 275 pounds of him), latched into a nice 70 pound amberjack for himself. He quickly subdued and released the AJ unharmed. Steve remarked that this was one for the record books when suddenly a huge Blue Marlin followed a tuna to the back of the boat. I quickly rigged the tuna onto an Avet 50 and pitched the live Blackfin in front of his face. He pounced all over it and we were Hooked up! We brought him boat side after 2 hours of fighting. What a monster he turned out to be. He was 12 feet long and 450-500 pounds! We released him to fight another day unharmed. It really does not get any better!



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Lorenzo from SPAIN,  catches a nice big Shark with Capt Petrucco.

Catch and Release!



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Islamorada Wahoo Sportfishing Charter.

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Joe Petrucco reports the Big female Amberjacks are spawning! 100 lb plus amberjacks out there! Catch and release. Tons of fun and capture a great photo.

Wahoo off the chart! Peak of the season for these bad boys. Great eating fish. Our recipe on the grill.

Wahoo Recipe

Steak it, cut out medallions, marinate in squeezed limes, extra light virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic (2 cloves) for an hour.
Spray BBQ with oil, fire up the grill on high heat. Grill! More recipe ideas


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The wahoo are now here in full force. We have been catching nice fish in the 35-45 pound range. Most of them are being landed by high-speed trolling with my special lures. Several have also been caught on live baits while drifting for sailfish and king mackerel. The grouper season is closed so we are concentrating our efforts on the top of the water column and trying to avoid hooking and hurting a grouper until May. There are still a few large mahi mahi around especially on the other side of the gulf stream. The Bahamas wahoo bite remains legendary. The large sharks have also been present on the humps. We hooked a 20’ Hammerhead only to loose him after 2.5 hours of fighting. This fish was probably around 1400 pounds!! Biggest fish I have ever seen. The largest we landed was a 700 lb Lemon shark on the hump.


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What a fantastic sailfish run it has been this year. We have been consistently catching them on every trip out to the reef. Most of the action has remained right out front so we have not gone out very far. Mixed in with the sailfish has been plenty of mahi mahi and an occasional wahoo. Of course the groupers and mutton snappers have been biting well on the bottom too. We have been drifting from 200’ to 50’ with two kites and several flat lines and bottom lines. I usually run around eight or nine lines at one time so it can get very crazy when a school of fish comes into the “spread” of live pilchards or ballyhoo. We also caught a 75 lb cobia on a color change this month too!

Let’s go catch’em


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