Made the call to head out early in hopes of bringing up the baits in the lights like last weekend. Took Cal an Mitch out today. We left the dock at 5am and headed out in semi calm seas and ran down south to the same location as last weekend. Only difference was it was high tide last weekend and the water was clearer. Today it was low tide and dirty water.
What a difference those two items make on the bait. Lets just say it was hard to find some runners. We did manage 5 of 6 runners before we headed offshore for some dines... Or so we thought.
Arrived to the spot we loaded up last weekend, still in darkness with only a lone Cigar Minnow to chew on a rig. Finally as the light started to brighten the bite turned on and we loaded up on Cigar Minnows. We only managed one Sardine.
Heres Bad Habit... How did you guys do today Steven?
We put out some cigar minnows and slow trolled around this area before we headed offshore. Had one knockdown. I saw a fin (fish fin, not a fin fin :-) ) heading towards my livey and it got slammed but only to come unglued just as quickly. Rigged up some hoos and ran offshore to just south of the Rankin and started the troll.
Heres Ocean Motion... How did your day go Hank & crew?
We trolled by this bucket and circled back around to drop in some liveys...
After nothing showing up in the slick of Menhaden oil and chunk baits we decided to try our luck at the AJ spot. We arrive to a large school of them on a thermocline just 50ft down. Heres Cal hooked up...
Some on lookers... How did you guys make out today?
Heres Bad Habit hooked up as well...
We tried to put Mitch on one but ran out of Blue Runners and then the school disappersed so we pulled out and ran out to 200ft to a weedline. Drifted some liveys for awhile here with no luck.
Ran south from here down off the Loran Tower in 240ft and found some nice scattered weeds. Created another slick and scared up this guy in short order.
Ran south from here and found a really nice rip and weedline in 235ft. Had a triple header of fins on and only managed to get one to the boat. He was only 19" long so he went back to grow up...
2 for 4 Fins
1 for 2 Greater Amberjacks
0 for 1 Mystery Fish
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day: 3/19/2011:
Use Menhaden Oil to generate your own slick. See picture below. Only 5 or 6 squirts into the water around the boat and minutes later, it expands to an area this size. A little bit goes a long way. This tip came from Travis Menke. Thank You Travis :thumbup:
The only issue I have found is this bottle tends to clog up so I switched to an empty Dawn dish soap bottle. Worked awesome.