Went out with a few buddies after work yesterday to fish the edge. We stopped at Lauderdale Marina for bait and some boys on a Viking Sportfish had just unloaded a slob swordfish. I think the boat was named Booby Trap. I heard them say it went 500+ lbs. I've never caught or weighed a swordfish so i dont know if it was really that big, but it was a slob whatever it was.
We got us 2 dozen pilchards and headed out the cut. We were greeted with smooth seas & CLEAR water. Put out two live pilchards in about 150ft and was just getting ready to put out a dead ballyhoo on a kingfish jig when we see one of the rods with a live pilchard get hit. My buddy Patrick, the captain, (on the left in the picture) grabbed the rod and came tight. The sailfish came blasting out of the water and put on a show for a good 20 minutes before we got him to the boat. i worked the leader for him boatside, got a few pics and then a healthy release. It was his first sailfish and i think his smile says it all!
Re-set our baits and about an hour later the rod takes off again, and our other buddy Todd comes tight on it. Nice dolphin came jumping out of the water and did its best to match the show the sail put on in the air. We got it boatside, and I gave her a gill shot with the gaff. Not a bad cow for 120 ft of water.
Pretty good day for a few hours after work. We also saw a half a football field size school of tuna or bonita or something tearing up the water. We tried to get in them and pitch some live bait at them but every time we got close they kept moving. We kept chase for a little while but they didn't want anything to do with our pilchards. There were a bunch of tiny glass minnows around and i think thats what they were feeding on. Called it a day and were back to the dock by 9:00pm. This is my favorite time of year to fish. If you have the time and the means, get out there and get after em!!
Last edited by ChuddyBuckRivet; 04-23-10 at 09:19 AM.
Looks like a good afternoon/evening trip.
Congrats on some fine Catchin'.
This too shall pass.
Nice...I wish we could catch those that close in up here in Jax!
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