It’s been 42 days since we wetted a line on the AF so needless to say we are looking forward to just getting offshore today. Taking Will FISHIN GYPSY and Gary aboard the boat today. Will finally sold his home in PA and moved to sunny Florida, this place we all call Paradise…
We all met at my house around 4:30 and headed for some fuel… Gary bought me a donut (more on that later) :grin Topped off the tank and preceded south… We raced another boat an crew to the ramp all the way down US1 but got beat to the light at Indian Street :grin…
As we pull into Sandsprit we spot the bait guy which was a great site to see after hearing the offshore bait status lately had been bleak… We picked up some baits then headed offshore in search of some more livey’s to top off the wells. Stopped right out front at the buoy first then headed to the NE spot. Picked up a few Blue Runners and Goggle Eyes here. We spotted a couple of Loggerheads doing the tango on the surface. That was a first for both Will and Gary. :grin
Here is Will snapping a pic of the sunrise
Here is Gary who is a Minister in a church up in Sebastian…
Ran down to a spot I marked between the SLI and Bullshark back in March that was holding baits then and it was again this morning. We loaded up some blue runners. Fishinbuddies showed up to join in the action as we were leaving to hit Bullshark. How did you guys make out today Jackson?
Nothing doing at Bullshark so we ran out to Shrimpers. Found only Blue runners there. Not one Sardine was located today. Where are they???
We pointed the bow towards the east and headed out towards the Hill for some BFT. Stopped at a weedline in 150ft and drifted some livey’s for 20 minutes or so while I swapped the rig on one of my Daisy chains. I just remembered I forgot to grab my donut. It is now sitting in my truck baking in the sun… :grin
No takers here so we continued on to the Hill.
Arrived and got lines in the water around 7:45am and set out 2 homemade Daisy Chains (Lures - Pink & Silver and White & Silver) on the outriggers and two Bluewater lures (both blue & white) on the flatline clips 25ft off the back corners of the boat.
About 30 minutes into the troll around the Hill the Pink & Silver Billybaits lures gets nailed as were trolling south just at the top of the ledge in the middle of the Hill. Gary hops on the rod and enjoys the fight.
Gary was getting tired about ¾’s of the way into the fight. But that smile says it all :applause
Gary is a young 70 year old who wasn’t going to give up the fight though and brought in his first ever Blackfin Tuna and a nice size one at that.
Gary’s first BFT… Congratulations Gary :applause
We circle back around in hopes of picking up another one but no luck… Spotted this storm heading north out deep with a water spout forming.
In the middle of that spout is a smaller spout that was blasting the water…
This changed my decision to run deep in search for a deep water weedline as this storm was running from due east all the way south past Palm Beach…
Scattered weeds made its way to the Hill so before leaving the area I told the crew were gonna troll back to the southern tip of the Hill and drift some livey’s for as Sailfish.
Minutes into the drift it is FISH ON…. Wills Pilchard gets nailed by a tail walking sailfish 200 yards off the stern.
Will fights this sail for about 50 minutes.
Here is both Gary and Will working the sailfish back and forth to get a good flow of water in her to get her in better shape for a release.
Here is Will with his first ever sailfish…
We took about 20 minutes to make sure she was well revived before letter her go.
Click the pick below to see a Video of Will working the sail back and forth getting her a good flow of water.
This was another first aboard the Alwaysforward. Wills first Sailfish… Congrats Will :applause
We decided to run to the AJ spot and put those blue runners to good use. On the way stopped at a patch of good weeds and dropped in some livey’s an drifted here until we drifted out of them with no bites.
We continued on towards the AJ spot. Will and I spot a swirl and splash on the surface just out in front of us so we stopped a dropped in a Goggle Eye… It immediately gets pick up and the fish runs with it in its mouth to only spit it out… Never did find out what it was. My guess a Sailfish and he felt the short piece of wire that I run on all my drift rods…
Continued Southeast to the AJ spot to find out there was a diver in the area. The dive boat was running north and south back to the spot so we opted to skip the AJ’s and head in. We arrive at the dock around 1:00 and Will takes Gary’s BFT down to the cleaning table while I pick up the boat.
1 for 2 – BFT
1 - Sailfish
1 – Tasty donut on the ride home. Gary needs to open up a bakery and put the donuts in a truck for a day before serving them. It was the best donut I have ever eaten and if you have seen me lately, I like donuts :grin
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
A follow-up from my 3-22-13 report with Travis’s jug tip on hooking up to a schoolie fin to allow you to keep in-touch with the school.
I made up this a few weeks ago to try out. We didn’t get the chance to try it today.
Empty Boss bottle of Pepsi.
Yellow paint (small jar)
Empty pipe tape spool
30ft of 50lb Gorilla Braid (or your braid of choice)
#6 Matzuo hook
Clean and let the inside of the bottle dry. Pour in the paint and take a spare cap from another bottle and cap it. Now shake the bottle to coat the inside with the yellow paint. Set aside to let dry for few days.
Drill a small hole through the center of the cap (clean one without paint). Feed the braid down through the top of the cap and place a bead on it then tie it off. Seal up the hole area on the inside with RTV.
Tie on a hook to the other end of the braid then spool the line onto the pipe tape spool (or something similar that you have). Start winding the line from the bottle end of the braid. Once you get to the hook, place the hook inside the spool and place the cap over it to hold it in place.
Will update once we get a chance to try this out. Still not sure where to place the hook on the fin but going to try the first one in the top of the back.
Random pics on the day
ALWAYSFORWARD, NEVER STRAIGHT...