Took a vacation day today to take Rick (Rdelehanty on the Forum) and his mother Betty out in hopes to bend some rods. Rick flew down from Cincinnati to visit family in the area. We were hoping for the bait guy to be at the ramp this morning but no luck.
We exited the SLI around 6:30am this morning to find only choppy seas at the inlet due to the end of the outgoing tide. Once we broke through the sets we were in calm seas.
Headed to all the normal bait spots with nothing doing. Ran in from Bullshark to the ledge that runs parallel to the beach in 30ft of water and loaded up on Greenies in short order. The day is saved :grin …
Decided to run to the same spot we hooked up on the Sailfish on Thursday in hopes to hook up again. Didn’t mark the bait that was there on Thursday so we continued eastward for some BFT.
Dropped in the Daisy Chains in 300ft and worked this area until 10am. Had tons of knock downs but all but two were weeds. The scattered weeds played havoc for trolling.
Heres Betty on a weed fish. One of many caught this morning.
We heard on the radio that one was caught but that was it. Spotted one jumping so I know they were in the area. We worked the hard and even changed up a lure with no luck.
We turned the boat eastward again and ran until we found weeds. Drifted some liveys in 500ft on some scattered weeds with nothing to show for it. Continued on and made it out to 800ft with nothing worth stopping at.
We made a beeline towards the ledge off the Loran Tower and came upon some buoys in 400ft and worked them for about an hour with nothing showing up.
Continued on and then Ricks spots a fish jumping about 200yards off our starboard side so we run over and drop in the livey’s on some nice scattered weeds.
As we were reeling in the baits to move on again one of the lines goes off… FISH ON BETTY… Betty gets hooked up to her first Fin. As she brings the fish boat side she had company and the Chinese Fire Drill began…
We leave the first fin in until we get another hooked up then put that first one in the box. We get a third one hooked up but he got tied up in the motor and was gone… After a couple more bites and misses we ended up with two nice fins in the box.
Congrats Rick & Betty on the first time you have been hooked up on some fins.
CLICK PICTURE BELOW FOR UNDERWATER VIDEO IF A COUPLE OF FINS:
We ran in to these on the way to the AJ spot and took an underwater video…
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Continued onward to the AJ spot and spotted a flyer jumping off in the distance that I know we didn’t scare off. We found that one of the baits caught this morning was a sardine so we put it on and made a short drift with nothing chewing.
Hit the AJ spot and dropped down a Greenie. Even though we were marking the AJ’s suspended between 60 and 120ft down, they didn’t like my bait. We needed some runners.
We headed to the Sandpile and stopped in 90ft on some nice weeds and I went to hook-up the lone sardine and it jumped out of my fingers and into the deep blue sea :mad
Arrived to only a few boats at the pile and tried to get anchored up with my new anchor but couldn’t get hooked up. Come to find out my new wire job was too tight and made the anchor heavy on one side and did not allow the cleats to dig in.
Will adjust before the next trip.
Arrived at the ramp to see Hank & Joann (Ocean Motion)... Once again I failed on getting you that AJ... I am taking the AJ king (74 year old Lonnie) out next trip so hope to locate some blue runners next trip out to get you that AJ. If that trip doesn't work, my wife and I will be making a run out on the first calm day coming up so she can get her offshore fix. It was nice seeing you again Joann & Hank.
2 for 5 Fins
I had a great time today Rick & Betty. Your welcome aboard the AF anytime...
Tip of the day
Make yourself some of these to prolong the life of your Outrigger Poles.
Random pics on the day
Follow-up from last weeks tip. Here a couple of pics of my lights.
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