With the sea's we have had the past few month's, Sundays trip could not have seen better conditions.
Winds were calm, sea's were flat, and the shy was clear. Add good fishing, and you can't get any
better. With two pair of fathers and sons on the trip, we had to make sure everyone caught fish, so
as to avoid family squabbling later. We headed Southeast out of Port Canaveral towards Pelican Flats
for some King Mackerel action. The flotilla of several dozen boats were already there, and we joined
As usual when King are running, many commercial boats are in the mix. Sadly there a re a few of these
commercial anglers that feel they have more right than anyone else. We on two occasions had to take
evasive actions to avoid reckless navigating by these fishermen who without even looking turned across
our bow. Its normal for King fishing to run a circle pattern when fish are found, but twice we had commercial boats paralleling us and suddenly cut hard in front of us. One Captain even ask us "What we were doing", when we held our ground and maintained coarse and speed. All of my guest joined in the reply that he simply turned across our bow. Well that didn't spoil our day, and we kept fishing and catching fish.
Rather than taking time to catch live bait, we simply run Ballyhoo. They are a little more expensive, but we can run at a faster speed, covering more ground, and use the same bait out deep for other fish. Even with double hook Ballyhoo, we had 8 tail bites that missed the hook. I keep threatening to use single hooks, with a treble at the tail, but never do. Next trip I will! We filled the icebox with kings, and took a ride out deep.
There were some decent weedlines, and good water temps around the 240' mark, and we set lines. It didn'ttake long for fish to find us, with a 12lb dolphin added to the Kings. We watched a school of small Blackfin Tuna working the weedline, and we made a few passe's by with our rigs to see if any larger fish were holding below but nothing. The small ones were not really big enough to target, so we moved on. We did catch False Albacoreslater. With no bites in a while, we pulled lines and moved to bottom structure. We found fish on sonar holding tight above the wreck, and worked it with live bait, but each time the bait was hit, it quickly took it into the structure, adding to the mess of lost tackle at the bottom. We found shark and had a little catch and release fun there.
We headed in to clean fish, and saw a free jumping Sailfish to give my guest a memorable end to a day of fishing. With calm sea's and pleasant weather, the good catching was "Icing on the Cake" for a great day on the water.
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602 Glen Cheek Dr., Cape Canaveral Fl.
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