Taking Tom “Enjoy Fishing” out today thanks to Captain Dave. Tom is looking for some tips on AJ’s so the plan first thing this morning is to locate the bait of choice (blue runners)and head to the AJ spot.
They reposted the Toxic Water signs again at the pocket so we skipped trying to net any mullet and headed offshore in search of some Blue runners.
Located some east of Bullshark mixed in with schools of Spanish Macs.
With only Barjacks, 6 runners and one Cigar Minnow, we head to the AJ spot first thing. Tom drops down a large blue runner and within minutes was hooked up to a monster. Quickly got the fighting belt on and just as quick the AJ came unglued.
Tom reels up the rig to find out that it straightened out the hook. We burn through a couple more baits and picking up an Atlantic Sharpnose Shark with the last one.
Without another hook-up of the targeted species we opted to save a few runners for later in the day to try our luck again then.
We headed due east in search of debris for some fins. We hit some nice scattered weeds in 600ft and took a lunch break and drifted some lives. The current was the big shocker here as it was only 1.2 knots in the stream. Never seen it so slow out here.
We continue eastward and in 900ft Tom spots a large floating object off in the distance.
We motor up to this filled with empty boss bottles. From this is two ropes going over to a buoy and attached to the buoy is a heavy object down below.
This debris is covered up with large baits so we start chunking to hopefully bring up some fins. While drifting away from the debris I see a large vessel off to the north steaming towards us but still could not make out what it was.
From the west was a large freighter with a direct beeline towards our debris but still 5 miles out, about the same distance away as the other boat coming from the north.
I tell Tom lets reel up and go back to chunk some more and as Tom starts reeling in the lone cigar minnow it was FISH ON…
Toms hooked up to a good size Bull skying out of the water… Once again I get the splash picture. :grin It is time to buy a faster camera.
Toms works this fish to the boat…
I did a quick gaff shot and the first fin is in the box. Congrats Tom on a nice Bull and thank you for shaking off this 2 month fin drought. Thank You Tom :applause
By now we can tell that the large vessel baring down on us from north was the USCG. At the same time the freighter still has a direct beeline towards us. Tom commented that he as seen this type of debris before in his field of work.
It is a classic drug drop where a large bag of garbage is used while the drugs are hung off the smaller buoy down below the surface.
We had enough time to run back to the debris to chunk and set-up one more drift as both vessels are still a mile or two out. We pull up and dropped in a few more handfuls of chunk bait and deployed some bar jacks.
Lack of good baits our next option will be to rig up some ballyhoo but I knew that option will be short lived with oncoming USCG visit. They pulled debris from us in the past which by the way is there job to protect vessels and we salute those who do :USA
As the USCG pulls up they tell us over the loudspeaker to switch to Channel 22. They ask if we brought the debris out and placed it here. We said no we just found it. They ask which port we came from we said SLI.
They ask if we planned on returning to that port today and we said yes. I then told them that we spotted something heavy hanging down from the small buoy. They said for us to stay back while they check it.
We tell them that we found it was very odd that this freighter has had a direct bead on our location.
They circle by the debris…
They then pull just north of us and stop. The freighter is now about 1000 yards due west of us still at full speed. The USCG blows there horn and at that point the Freighter started turning north.
My theory is that the freighter was coming to pick up that debris. Tom said that drops like that has beacons on them. Just found it odd that the whole time that freighter was at full throttle running due east and once they past us they turned south and was running significantly slower.
I have never seen freighters running east and west, they always seem to run north and south but I guess they do have to go in and out of port at some point. :grin
Once the freighter passed the USCG deploys a small craft out the back of their ship.
They run over to the debris and haul it all into their small boat then drive right back into the stern of the ship. The doors close and the head off east. We were going to give a shout out to Kansas Jayhawk & Plane Fish n to come join in on the fun but with no debris to keep the bait around we pointed the bow back west and headed back to the AJ spot in hopes of putting Tom on a large AJ.
We spot this on the way… My good luck charm…
We arrived at the AJ spot an dropped down a large runner with only smaller fish tapping it but nothing large enough to pick up the larger bait. We hit one more spot before running to the Sandpile. With nothing doing in 90ft we head to the pile to drop down ½ a blue runner to shown him how we fish for sharks.
Minutes later Tom cranks up a small shark. Not the size shark we were looking for but it was good to end the day bending a rod.
We arrive back at the dock a bit after 3:00pm. We spoke with Kansas Jayhawk Jason and the other forum members who were out on their awesome looking Grady White. Nice seeing you again Jason and nice meeting the other forum members. Sorry I can’t remember your names. Tough getting old :grin
0/1 – Greater Amberjacks
1 – Atlantic Sharpnose shark
1 – Mystery shark
1 – Spanish Mackerel
1 – Bullet bonita
1 – Fin
1 – Heck of an adventure with the USCG :USA
Tom, I had a truly enjoyable adventure today with you. Hopefully you can put those AJ skills to good use when your daughter and son-in-law come down in the fall. Let me know when you want to head out again. :USA
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
What is the one thing we all need to be thankful for when we are fishing? Having the USCG out there protecting us. :USA Not sure if that freighter was in fact heading to pick up a drop today but do know things could have gotten ugly if that was in fact happening. It could have been a totally different situation today if the USCG wasn’t there. Thank you to those who serve :USA
Random pics on the day