Taking my daughter Jamie and her girl friend Jessica out today. Last trip out Plane Fish N hailed us on the radio to come join in the fun on some fins. Jamie hooked up that day but came unglued at the boat. Today’s plan is to find the fins with no limit as to how far we have to go :grin Jamie has yet to land a fin so the pressure is on me to make that happen today.
With the baits loaded up on wrecks we skipped the bait guy this morning. Loaded up at Bullshark then stopped at Shrimpers for some runners. Sardines were thick there again as well.
CLICK THIS PIC BELOW TO SEE ALL THE BAITS IN THE LIGHTS BEFORE THE CROWD SHOWS UP AT BULLSHARK
Headed directly to the Hill to put some fresh Tuna in the box for the girls and they get a double header on the first drift :thumbsup
Here is Jamie with her BFT. This fish came up DOA... Choked on his new found breakfest :grin
Here is Jamie doing CPR on her BFT and the thing comes back to life as she removes the bait from it's mouth :grin
Here is Jessica with her first BFT of the day.:thumbsup.
Make 3-4 more drifts down the ledge and the girls put two more BFT's in the box before we run out deep for a quick dip in the deep blue and start hunting for fins.
CLICK THE PIC BEFORE FOR A QUICK UNDERWATER VIDEO OF ONE OF THE BFT'S
After the girls took a dip and we had some lunch (9:30am) :grin we started working every weedline and piece of debris from 1000ft all the way back in to the AJ spot.
While out in 650ft we get a shout out from Kevin from work who just bought a new boat. Gave him a heads up that the Tuna was thick on the Hill. You need to join the FS Forum and join in on the fun Kevin. How did you make out today?
It was nice to see this cruise by us while out there for sure. :USA
Didn't have one bite all the way back to the AJ spot even though we found some nice weeds. :Huh?
Put down the biggest runner at the AJ spot and Jessica gets hooked up in short order but the AJ comes unglued. She reals up the bait and it is dead... After working the AJ spot for about a half hour we decided to continue on the Fin hunt. We found a nice size slick in the middle of some nervous water so we put on the sardines and all the sudden Jamie gets hooked up...
Here is Jamie with a large Bonita. After hearing the Cobia were thick inshore we opted to put this on in the box.
We get back on the slick and set-up another drift and all the sudden Jessicas line goes off and this thing is SMOKING. It balls up the line in the reel in an instance.
After determining that we couldn't reel it in we opted to cut the line and Jessica held the line while I removed the rest of line from the reel down to the good line again then I tied an albright knot to the main line she was holding and we are back in business. :thumbsup
We were hoping for a Wahoo but to our surprise it was another Bonita. Never had a Bonita smoke the line like that before. :Huh?
Maybe this was why. Had pod of 4 of these follow her Bonita to the boat. Maybe it was trying to escape these guys.
CLICK THE NEXT THREE PICS TO SEE SOME UNDERWATER VIDEOS OF THESE GUYS
Watch one of them grab the Bonita as we tossed it back into the water :grin
Dialed in a nearshore wreck to see if we can hook up a Cobia and found a floating buoy in 90ft of water with some rope on it and a bunch of bait there as well. Did the normal Menhaden oil/milk and chunk bait to see if we can bring up some fins and the girls hook up again on some more Bonita. Went back up to make another drift past it and spot a free jumping sailfish heading our way.
This thing almost jumped in the boat while I was trying to get a bait out. :hairraiser Sorry no pics, no time :grin
Continued west and spotted some good looking weeds in 45ft of water and stopped again in hopes of getting the girls on some fins.
FISHON... Hallelujah Jamie got her first fin in the box. Opted not to leave this guy in the water as I wanted to insure she landed her first fin. Congrats Jamie on a great job catching your first fin :thumbsup
We changed up plans and decided to work these weeds the rest of the day. Never found anymore but had a great time trying. Put out the bontia on the corner and a large runner on the bottom in hopes of getting a shark here as well. It is now 2:30pm so we called it a day and picked up the boat.
Came across this on the way back to the inlet. It was covered up in baits but no fins. It was floating all by itself without a weed around. Wish it was out in 1000ft on the weeds :thumbsup
4 BFT - Dinner for the girls
0/1 on the AJ's
I had great time again today. You girls are welcome to come again anytime. :thumbsup
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
To make things easier to do fixes on the fly, change out your hard screwed in access panels to snap on vinyl ones. Now maybe this pertains to only Century Boats but I did this about 3 years ago and it has allowed me to access my electrical panels and switches much easier and get me back to fishing in short order instead of having to remove screws each time I have an issue.
It also makes it easier to do routine maintenance. I add Dielectric grease to all my connections and spray with Silicone every few months. One of the key things I do is remove my VHF antenna connector and grease it as well to keep the connector from corroding.
Random pics on the day
Here is Jamies new addition to the family - Lily
Lilys new bathing suit
Lilys new dress
Lily sitting on grandmas lap
Here is Lilys proud big brother Landen who recently graduated from Pre-School. Congrats Landen :thumbsup
He drew that picture of my boat. This picture was taken at work at my desk...