I arrived at the Pocket around 4:30am this morning to hordes of mullet in the pocket. They still had the Toxic Water signs up so I opted out of trying to net any. Does anyone know when they plan on testing the waters again in the Manatee Pocket area?
Chuck is aboard the AF today with me. Same MO as last weekend. Chuck wants some AJís to put on his smoker then wants to run and gun for fins. Exiting at low tide and nice seas with rollers about 10 seconds apart. With the dirty water offshore due to the low tide, I knew we would be challenged to locate some baits this morning.
Hit the NE spot with nada there. Hit my spot between here and Bullshark and marked bait but still donít have the livewell on. Stopped at Bullshark and managed to finally turn on the livewell for some small goggle eyes at 7am. Ran out to Shrimpers and Chuck managed to pick up a few greenies while all I hooked up was some hornbellies
Ran to Evans Crary with nothing doing there so we opted to run back north to the Sandpile and managed a few grunts before heading offshore around 9am. We ran right to the AJ spot and dropped the first of the 2 bluerunners we had in the wells. Chuck immediately gets hooked but it came unglued but he still had his bait.
We ran back to the spot and dropped down the slow moving runner. I look west and see the Lady Stuart motoring in our direction.
I told Chuck to quickly crank up that bait so we can put a fresh bait down and make one more drift before the Lady Stuart shows up. We get back on the spot and once again Chuck is hooked up.
Here is the Lady Stuart dropping anchor as Chuck is working his fish up to the surface.
Congrats Chunk on putting one of your targeted species into the box :applause
With no more runners left we started east and stopped at Big Alís an tried for some more. Chucks rod gets hit hard but quickly comes unglued again. We worked this area for about an hour before switching over to the Mahi Mahi hunting.
We head due east and found small debris but nothing holding the baits we needed to hold fins on. We make a big loop out to 1200ft and back in off the Loran Tower.
Fishing some larger mats of weeds in 200ft off the Loran but the bite was off. Two things today that didnít help the fishing. One was the moon being out all night last night and the other was the current or should I say lack of current. Even out in 1200ft the current was only 4 knots. Back inside of 200ft it was 1.5 to 2 knots.
We decided to put out a spread of lures and troll back north before turning west an troll towards in the inlet. We get inside of 145ft and a large school of flyers took off north of our starboard side and as I look down I see green and blue. We quickly tossed out some liveyís and wait.
Mine gets picked up and peels a lot of line off so I flip it into gear and no fish. I start reeling up the bait Chuck spots green behind the bait so I dump the spool again and wait. Nothing so I reel it in again and as we get it to the boat I found my greenie covered in teeth marks and the green thing behind my bait was my daisy chain that got tangled up in my line :grin
We opted to call it a day and run in around 3pm
1 for 2 AJís
Had a blast once again Chuck even though the bite was off today. :USA
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
Running out of tips so I pulled up an older but a goodie. Bring some instant downriggers out on your next trip. They are simple to use and at a momentís notice you can clip one on and drop a bait down deep. This is an Ocean Motion tip. Just clip it on your anywhere you want. There is snap swivel that goes on your line and a rubber plunger that grabs your line to keep it in place.
Here is a link to their website. Well worth the mulla @ 2 for under 8 bucks.
Random pics on the day