As mentioned in the last report things were on the change with blue water
moving in from the west, though still a little cooler and off-color out
wide. Because of this we ran out to the west most days looking for an
incoming bite. This week we started with Edward Barnhill and his good friend
Paul Proffitt on the Feb 24th to Feb 26th and after a long run to the west
we found some good water, still a little slow with 3 releases from 5 bites
and 4 mahi's. The boats fishing out front today had a pretty good marlin
bite with 5 raised amongst 4 boats and a couple caught. Still with what we
saw to the west we persisted and went back though a little more in-shore.
First fish in the spread today was blue of around 200-250lb's, we got the
bite on the mackeral though the fish got bill wrapped and pulled off on the
first jump.....that hurt. For the rest of the day we raised 8 sails had 7
bites and released 4. Out front here the marlin bite continued with 3 being
released, 2 to the Circle Hook and Capt Eddie, nice going as he got the 2
yesterday as well!! He was in the zone for sure, congrats to Eddie and his
Still things were looking better and better to the west so we stayed out
that way and on our last day with Edward and Paul things turned on a little
more. In beautifull blue 84'+ water we raised 17 sails today getting 8 from
14 bites. There were some finiky fish out there though most of the boats
raised a fair amount of fish and things were looking better every day with
lots of bait at around 50ft-75ft on the sounder and a few jumpers around.
Feb 27th to March 1st, owner Hill Dishman hosted good friends Robert
Blevins, Bill Fisher and Haig Wright from Alabama.
L-R, Haig Wright, Hill Dishman, Robert Blevins and Bill Fisher, these guys
know how to party AND fish and had a blast for the 3 days aboard ALLURE.
Back 30NM to the west we had a slow start to the day with our first fish
being released at 1130 with a double of sails, the next fish in the spread
was an est 120+lb blue that went from teaser to teaser though refused the
pitched mackeral. For the day we released 7 from 11 bites on the sails and
had another blue in the 250lb-300lb class bite the trolled rigger bait
though unfortunatley pulled off after showing it's size with a greyhounding
jump. Add 4 nice sized mahi's to the days total and a great day!
The next day we left the fleet and went solo 40NM down to the west though
not more than 20NM off the beach. We had steady action all day covering a
large area as we trolled back to the east. 30 sailfish raised today, 26
bites and great averages with 19 releases.
Our last day out with the Alabama boys and after trolling the deep water in
the pocket looking for a marlin we headed back to where some sails were
being seen just 20NM from the Marina to where the fleet was fishing, we got
into them a little late though still had a great day with 17 raised 14 bites
and 10 releases.
The good life....Robert, Hill and Haig enjoying Cuba Libres on the way home.
By all accounts it looks as though March could turn on big time as the
weather settles and the blue water pushes back in. We are booked fairly
solid fishing most days this month though there are a few openings in April
and into May, both great months and traditionally more marlin are seen as
well. Get in touch with us here at Rods and Reels Sportfishing for more info
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