Fishing out of Stuart is like none other. One of my favorite fishing trips was when my wife and I first started fishing out of the St. Lucie Inlet about 7 years ago in 2014. The day started with catching live bait off Bull Shark Barge, a man made artificial reef that is known to hold bait fish such as sardines, pilchards, and threadfin herrings. On this day in particular, the bait was solid. I didn’t even need to look on the sounder for the bait, I could see it right under the surface of the water. It was like a wall of bait! I dropped by sabiki and bait piled on instantly. We filled up the live well quickly and headed offshore.

While headed out, we saw at least three free jumping sailfish flopping around lazily. We tried to throw live baits to them, but it seemed like these sails just weren’t hungry. That didn’t stop us from finding the sails, though! We stopped in about 120 feet of water after finding a nice edge within the water, put out two live baits, and instantly hooked up. Sailfish! What an awesome display! This was the first time my wife had caught a sailfish, so we worked hard to get the fish close to the boat for a few pictures. What she thought would be a quick and exciting fight, ended up turning into an hour and a half fight because the sailfish had other plans! This sail decided to sound on us multiple times, going down deep into the depths of the ocean. When the fish finally made it boat side, we were able to get a few pictures and safely released the majestic fish.

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My wife was officially exhausted, but I was just getting started. We looked for weed lines to find a few mahi for dinner. We were able to find a nice line in about 170 feet of water and again put out a few live baits. After bump trolling for about 30 minutes, one of the lines starts peeling out. We soon realized we were hooked up to a nice bull dolphin! I fought this fish since my wife was still recuperating from her sailfish fight. We were able to chase the fish down, gaff it, and get it in the boat. At the time, it was the biggest dolphin we had ever caught! We were thrilled having caught my wife’s first sailfish and then our biggest mahi on our boat. What a rewarding day of fishing!

It was during this trip that I fell in love with fishing out of Stuart. I decided I wanted to make a career out of fishing and being on the water. I’ve been pursuing this dream ever since. I want to share my love of the water with others and provide the opportunity to others to experience the thrill and excitement of fishing. I started Vintage Charters to be able to provide that joy to others and I can’t wait to take you on a trip!