14th Feb, 2015

Super Grouper

2020-04-15T19:25:23-04:00February 14th, 2015|

The weather has been on the cold side for Key West but compared to up North it’s been heavenly. North wind and air temps in the 60’s and 70’s-very pleasant.

I’ve been mainly bottom fishing and it’s been pretty good with plenty of grouper, yellowtail and lane snapper. Grouper is out of season where we are fishing and it pains me to release them!

Pictured are Iowans Nick, Halie, Sarah and Jordan with 2 of the many grouper they caught and released with me as well as snapper, jacks and a shark.They were in Key West and saltwater fishing for the first time.

6th Feb, 2015

I’m Baaaaack……!

2020-04-15T19:26:11-04:00February 6th, 2015|

After battling technical issues Capt. Mark Schmidt is back blogging again. That may not be good news to some folks, but OH Well!

Fishing wise we have been fighting the wind and yesterday the rain. There have been some good catches of tuna, kingfish, grouper and snapper when we can get out.

Above is Jeff with a nice red grouper we caught and released per the current fisheries regulations.

Also a radar shot of what we had to deal with yesterday.




26th Jun, 2014

Tarpon on Fly

2020-04-15T19:26:25-04:00June 26th, 2014|

Another tarpon season is winding down. Below George fights one on fly he eventually caught.


10th May, 2014

Family Fun

2020-04-15T19:26:49-04:00May 10th, 2014|

Recently I have enjoyed taking out family’s with the goal of getting the kids interested in fishing and in most cases catching their first fish. I am grateful to these parents as youth participation in hunting and fishing is on the decline. We had great fun catching snapper, grouper, cobia and sharks. One afternoon we caught 2 hammerhead sharks, one of which I estimated at close to 200 lbs. Most of the fish and all of the sharks were released to fight again another day.

In the last few weeks I’ve been tarpon fishing with the fly rod and the wind has […]

12th Apr, 2014

Lizzie’s Excellent Adventure

2020-04-15T19:27:12-04:00April 12th, 2014|

I recently spent some very enjoyable time on the water with 10yr old Elizabeth (aka Lizzie) and her Aunt Nancy. This was Lizzie’s very first time fishing and she quickly showed she could catch everything from grunts to groupers. She even hooked a 50lb goliath grouper that nearly pulled her out of the boat before we came to her rescue and helped land the fish.

On the way home we looked for bottlenose dolphin and after finding several pods Lizzie’s day was just about perfect!



7th Apr, 2014

George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing….Finally!

2020-04-15T19:29:20-04:00April 7th, 2014|

This week, two “World of Saltwater Fishing Episodes” on the NBC Sports Network: Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12:30 pm – big king mackerel and grouper from Key West, Florida Keys, with Captain Mark Schmidt; Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. – bottom-fishing 60-miles offshore of Sarasota, FL, with Darren Blum. Images below taken during the shooting of the Key West episode. (4 photos)
Big king mackerel, Key West style!
This big king turned into smoked kingfish and smoked kingfish dip!
The wily captain himself – Mark Schmidt, with a big red grouper.



21st Mar, 2014

bird rescue at sea

2020-04-15T19:29:32-04:00March 21st, 2014|

While fishing the other day we ran across this little bird floating in the middle of nowhere. After scooping him up in my bait net he rested for awhile and then took off into a stiff north breeze toward Key West. Hopefully he made it.

Bob, Steve and David made it a successful day of fishing, releasing a bunch of red grouper and keeping a few snapper for dinner. They hail from Michigan and were glad to get some relief from the frozen north.

Bob, Steve, and David


16th Mar, 2014

Capt. Mark fishing with George Poveromo to be aired March 19th on NBC Sports

2020-04-15T19:30:49-04:00March 16th, 2014|

March 19 (Wednesday) –  3:00 p.m.
June 11 (Wednesday) – 3:00 p.m.
June 15 (Sunday) – 10:00 a.m.
World Fishing Network
March 16 (Sunday) – 12:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
March 17 (Monday) – 3:00 p.m.
March 19 (Wednesday) – 11:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m.
March 20 (Thursday) – 2:00 a.m.


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