Third trip of 2013 but had to take a vacation day to make it out because Mr. Plane Fish n decided to come back into town and make the waves high for the weekend. :grin Just kidding Eric…
Taking John BlackCat out today who flew in from New Jersey for a couple of days. Picked him up on Hutchinson Island and arrived at the ramp before 5am.
Bait guy was at the Pocket so we put the sabiki rods into the truck, picked up 2 dozen + baits and headed offshore. We exited the SLI before 5:30am and dropped in a daisy chain and Bluewater lure and trolled out to the Sandpile in darkness with the underwater lights on.
The chain got spooled on some weeds and gave John a work out to break the ice. :grin We arrive at the pile and anchored up till sunrise to hopefully hook up a Cobia. John hooks up to a Ribbon fish.
We released a Margate there as well. It is almost sun up so we pull anchor and head east in search of some weeds. We get to 274 ft and find a nice rip with birds working it but no weeds. We decided to fish it anyhow then head out to the Hill.
We put out one of my home made Daisy Chains, a couple of Bluewater lures and a feather and worked this area and the Hill for a couple of hours without a knockdown.
We pulled in the lines and ran SE in search of some weeds. In 570 ft we spotted what we were looking for. Weeds, Weeds, and more Weeds… We did the usual drifting live bait ritual and in about 15 minutes we hooked up to a nice 20lb fin jumping off our stern about 50 yards back.
As soon as it was on it came unglued… We pull in the lines and ran back to our same start point (a paper plate) and started a second drift… Minutes later it was FISH ON again. John reels up a dinner size 8 pounder with buddies.
We wanted to make sure John brought home dinner for his wife so we sling him into the boat. We head back again and make one more drift with no bites. We spotted debris just west of us and move over there and set out some more greenies.
At the end of that drift we decided to go find the paper plate again but was unsuccessful. We found some other weeds and started another drift. About 20 minutes in I started reeling in my bait when John spots a large fin swimming by on the Starboard side.
Heads towards my bait and FISH-ON. Another fin in the box before 10am.
We worked this area for 3-4 more hours without a bite then headed in and found a solid temp break in 420 ft. This is the area the Plane Fish n gave us a shout out about earlier in the day that they hooked up their fins on…
We trolled this for about a half hour north with ballyhoos and livey’s with no luck as well. Pulled in the gear and ran in to the AJ spot to see if they have arrived but just like last weekend, they were a no show. Winds have stated to kick-up now around 1pm.
We dropped in the dredge, and a 4 ballyhoo spread and left the AJ spot to troll in to the SLI. We then headed to the Sandpile one more time to wet some livey’s. After the birds stole the first (3) baits we put out we called it a day and ran back to the dock.
Had some visitors today when we hit the Manatee Pocket…
This one is for John BlackCat… Can you guess what this is? :grin
I got out on A1A after dropping you off and noticed this in the cup holder. I will drop it off on the way home from work on Monday. :grin
1 Ribbon fish
2 out of 5 fins
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
My tip of the day comes from Travis Menke who I work with. Take an empty large jug (detergent bottle or milk jug size) that is air tight and attach approx. 30ft of braided line to it with a hook on the end. When you get into a school of fins, hook one up to the jug and toss it into the water. This will keep you in constant contact with the school once they leave the boat.
I suggest you still always have one hooked up to a rod and swap them out as you would normally do to keep the school at the boat. But when they do decide to leave you simply follow the jug to stay on the school. Great tip Travis and can’t wait to try it out soon.
Here was Travis and crews fishing trip last Saturday out of FPI when all we caught were 2 sharks and a Bonita. Awesome catching guys…
Travis with a perfect dinner size fin.
Here is Mike (right) who also works at TCT holding the biggest fin of the trip with one of Travis’s buddies.
The crew at home getting ready to filet some fins… Awesome job guys. :beer
Random pics on the day