3-26-2011 Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report:
Left early again this morning in hopes of loading up the baits in the lights this trip. Taking Mike and his buddy Daryl out today. Ran south in search of blue runners with no luck. Ran offshore at day break and loaded up the wells with Cigar Minnows.
Decided to run Southeast off of the Loran Tower. We got to the ledge in 280ft and had a free jumping Sailfish almost jump into the boat. She was a small one but sure put up one heck of a show.
Heres Mike... Love that hat Mike :biglaugh:
We trolled around here with not even a knockdown. Picked up the lines and ran to 600ft to some nice scattered weeds and 74 degree water temp. Slow trolled some liveys around this area with zero, zilch, nada...
By now we are off the Hill so we ran back in and slow trolled the hill with some more liveys with no luck there as well. Made the call to try the AJ spot even though we didn't have the bait of choice (Blue Runners)... Arrived to a few people trying there luck here. One guy was working a jig up through the water column with no luck.
We made a few drifts here as well in the .5 knot current with zero luck. Decided to run in and search for some cobia. Hit 65ft and spotted a small school of BFT jumping so we dropped in the daisy chains and trolled this area for a hit with again, no luck.
Made it to the cobia spot to find a boat load of people working a large school of Permit the size of garbage cans.
This Cabo pulled up a huge one...
We got out of there way for them and the captain told us once they land that fish he would give us some crabs. Much thanks captain. We worked the area with those crabs and chased the Permit for a few hours with no luck on getting them to take the bait. Thanks again for your kindness and of course, those crabs...
Spotted this fire inshore... Anyone know what burned down in Stuart today :scratch:
Called it quits at 3:30 today.
Zero, Zilch, Nada... Not even a knockdown. Only a few stolen baits and empty hooks.
How did you all do today?
Had a great time today even though the fish were not attaching themselves to our hooks :biglaugh: Nice meeting you Daryl.
Tip of the day: 3/26/2011:
Make your trailer last longer. After getting my trailer repaired by Magic Tilt for excessive rust for free just 18 months after I bought the boat, I started using Salt Away in a pump sprayer (one used for plants around the house) at the ramp in the morning right after I splash the boat in the water. After parking the trailer, go around and spray all the key components (brakes, hubs, safety chains, wheels, torsion axles or leaf springs) and also spray some in the drain holes at the low points of your cross members.
Another thing I started doing is using wire tie to hold the handle up on the tongue jack to keep it out of the water when splashing the boat into the water. I had to replace mine recently as the salt water got into the handle and the free spinning handle corroded to the metal and rendered it useless.
I also carry a can of Corrosion spray grease in the truck and once a month I spray the key components listed above before I yank the boat out of the water at the end of a fishing trip. It only takes a few minutes, just make sure your boat is tied up outside of the ramp area so not to block anyone from trying to dunk or pull out their boat.
When I get home from a day of fishing I take extra time to hose off the trailer. I spray the backside of wheels from the opposite side of the boat to insure I thoroughly rinse all components. Thank You fellow forum member for this awesome tip in making my trailer last longer for sure.
Re: 3-26-2011 Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report:
Great report! I was out last weekend and didn't get any fish either. Saw some sails and heard a report of some fins on a scattered weed line in 450 feet. Keep writing your reports, they're extremely helpful!