It has been a long time since Hank ( Ocean Motion ) and I have fished together. Hank has taught me a lot and am looking forward to spending time on the water from this retired police officer :USA Hello to Hanks wife Joann. You need to dust off the cob webs off Miss Pinky and get her bent on a big fish Joann :grin.
Hanks goal is to load up the freezer with fish and wanted to catch an AJ so our first stop this morning is the AJ spot and put two fish in the box first thing this morning.
We broke the SLI before 6:00am at high tide and headed to the red buoy out front in hopes of locating some Blue Runners. Nothing doing there so we hit the NE spot and caught a mix bag of Grunts, one large Goggle Eye and a Blue Runner. I even caught a small grouper and mutton (both tossed back).
Heard on the radio from Vindawg that he was on some goggle eyes and small sardines at the Bullshark Barge. We started heading there an decided to stop at my other spot that is about halfway between the red buoy and the Barge.
Managed to put three more nice size Blue Runners in the livewellís. One was about 13 inches. Bigger the bait, bigger the fish :grin
We loaded up on small goggle eyes and sardines at Bullshark and got a shout out from M T Pockets who was onboard the LETS GO today with Bo and Eric catching sardines at Shrimpers. Thanks for the shout out Tom.
We left the maze of boats at the Barge and headed due east to hook up some more Sardines. There was large schools of baits all over the place on the surface.
Here is the LET'S GO crew catching baits at Shrimpers
We quickly topped off the wells and headed to Evans Crary to see if any of the large Sardines were there but nothing doing.
Continued on to the AJ spot and put down a smaller Blue Runner first to see what size AJís were down there. We immediately boxed the first AJ that was around 45 pounds.
We upped our bait to the large Blue Runner on the next drift to see if it can increase the size of the AJ. It wasnít long an Hank was on a big one.
Gotta love it when a plan comes together. Hope youíre not in any pain today Hank from cranking up this one. :grin
Here is Hank with his 50lberÖ Congrats Hank :applause
Click on picture below to see a video of Hanks fight with this beast.
We are now on the hunt for some fins. Heard from Vindawg in 900ft that he found a nice weedline out there and had caught a skipjack already. We make the run deep and deployed liveys in hopes of some fins showing up.
It was a beautiful day on the water today. Nice rollers and can run nearly wide open. Didnít find much debris though as all we could find were a couple of Mylar balloons that we picked up so the sea turtles donít each them.
We spot Vindawg point his bow due east from 900ft a few miles south of us so we did the same in hopes of locating that magical debris. We made it out o 1500ft straight off the Hill and circled back west from there without spotting not even a Flip Flop :grin
LETS GO crew had 4 fins in the box in 150ft so we headed in that direction. Located a rip with weeds on it in 140ft and set-up a drift in this area. Seen Captain Dave aboard the Negotiator trolling for some Wahoo. How did you Kim make out today Dave?
Dave said he spotted some fins under larger mats north of us so we made the run north following the rip and came across a Sail busting up some baits on the surface. I tossed out the large Goggle Eye and waited. As Hank and I are talking my line starts running so I had off the rod to Hank and grab the camera.
By the time I got the camera turned on all I caught was the splash :grin. FISH ONÖ
Hank brought this sail to the boat in short order. He has spit out his stomach which they tend to do sometimes. I donít think it is good to touch the stomach when this happens. I have heard that they will swallow it back in once released. We cut the line close to the mouth and started the motor and got him revived.
Congrats on a catch and release Sailfish Hank. Your King Sailfish certificate should be in your email box.
We decided to run in to the Sandpile and end the day on a drift across the pile for a cobia. Nothing doing here so we called it a day around 1:45pm and headed to the Pocket.
1 Remora Ė Yes, this one is mine again :grin Anyone want to slay the Remoras onboard the AF I can surely put you on the bite :grin
Letís do it again soon Hank. I had a blast today bending some rods with you. :USA
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
I did some research online regarding when a Sailfish sometimes will spit out their stomachs. I am finding no definitive information regarding the best way to handle this issue. Some say it is ok to push the stomach back in and others say that you should never touch it.
I would recommend using a rod tip of some other item that could be used to push the stomach back in if that is what you want to do instead of using your hands. We all know we should not handle a sail from the outside due to the layer of protective slim that covers there body.
Instead of taking the sailfish out for pics snap pics of the sail and the angler alongside the boat.
You then can go to King Sailfish Mounts and have a free catch and release certification made for the angler.
Here is a link to their website:
Random pics on the day