Port Canaveral Offshore 05-18-13
Like only a couple days previous, the trip out was rough, but calmer conditions showed up past 20 miles, except for a rain storm that seemingly held towards the southeast in the same location most of the day. We left the port at 5:30 am hoping to avoid the typical Saturday boat traffic, and on this day tournement and Superboat race traffic. It was really much less hectic than I supected. Perhaps the forecast had many holding off a little longer.
It took up nearly twice as long to make our way out as normal, but with east wind and waves, we at least stayed dry. Blue water had pushed in pretty far, but the winds at 15 to 20 overnight had the weeds cleaned out and no real signs of fishy conditions until later in the day. As such we headed to our bottom sites. It stayed dark for some time with cloud cover and showers keeping the sun blocked out till later in the day. Whether it was this or some other water condition, even our normal AJ bite was slowed. We did find the fish, and even had them hit our jigs, just not with the aggression the normally do. Having left the port before sunrise, we had no live bait to fall back on, so we headed to another wreck.
There was already another boat there, and we did not see any fish comming in, but we started anyway. After a few drifts we got a fish on. My guest wanted to use his heavy spin outfit on the AJ's, so that we did, and every AJ caught was on Spin tackle. A dive boat showed up and started cruising the site as we were fishing, and after the third or fourth fish was hooked up, and we were drifting while we fought it, the dive boat occupied the center of the wreck and flew his dive flag. This pretty much killed our ability to fish, as we now were obligated to maintain our distance, something I'm sure they knew. I tried radioing them about this and no answer. We decided to drag lines a while to see if anything was in the clean blue waters.
With little to no weeds it was really blind trolling, and all we had to show for it was Cuda killing the bait around structure. In time as the sun came out and the sea's turned glassy, a weedline formed, so we followed it for a while with no action. It probably would have started to draw fish if we stuck with it longer, but we already had meat in the box and my guest just wanted to fight fish. We pulled lines and motored our a little deeper finding a pallet. We idled in casting range and pitched some topwater lures towards it, hooking up a schoolie, and we were hopeful more would follow, but this was apparently the only fish on it. We jigged below, cast chunk bait and nothing. Likely someone else had found this earlier and cleaned it off, but it was better than nothing.
Back to our first site of the day and a few more AJ fights we went. The next fish caught however on a large speed jig was not an AJ. Most offshore fishermen catch fish they call 'Bonito's, but are in actuality False Albicore, or Little Tuna. Well we actually caught a Bonito, an Eastern Atlantic Bonito. Unlike what most people catch locally, these fish are good to eat (and have teeth). In the icebox it went. With the early start of the day and hoping to beat the crowds to the ramp, back to port we went. Like the ride out, as we neared the 20 mile mark, conditions started to get rougher, though not as bad as the morning. With the light of day, we also foung blue water well inside the 100' range, and clean blue-green water to 60'. With the forecast looking to get rougher the next week, I guess it was good that we headed out despite a questionable forecast.
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