Pretty day with light south wind. Ran offshore and stopped on two seperate weedlines looking for Dolphin. Didn’t get any bites so we ended up back on the reef edge anchored and chumming. Caught 20 head of Yellowtail, 1 10lb Mutton Snapper and 5 or 6 Cero before returning to the dock at noontime.
Monthly Archives: November 2010
We had south wind and lumpy seas in the morning, with the wind deminishing and the sea state improving as the day went on. We started deadbaiting in 180′-200′ and caught some Dolphin and also 1 out of 3 Sailfish bites. At midday we caught live ballyhoo and spent the afternoon livebaiting. The afternoon produced another Sailfish bite and several more Dolphin along with Cero, bonito and kingfish.
Caught live Ballyhoo today and worked hard at Sailfishing. We ended up catching 3 Sails on the day. We had a few other bites from Cero, barracuda, kingfish and bonito.
Yesterday was our final day of a three day trip and it was pretty much kick-ass! It was slick calm in the morning after a south wind the day before so I looked for and found a little shoestring weedline with a current edge in about 250′ which had Dolphin on it. We caught a dozen or so Dolphin including one about 18lbs in a couple of hours, then went in on the reef up to the east. Chumming with small live pilchards we got the big “flag” yellowtail up on the surface busting on the live baits, good fun. We ended up with 25 head of “flags” also caught Cero and 3 or 4 Kings up to 20lbs a Black Grouper and a big Yellowjack. Speedo baits showed up in the slick and we caught a few after we saw a Wahoo lurking around. We hooked the Wahoo but lost him when the wire kinked in mid fight. All in all good action all day long.
We are two days into a three day charter. The first day was pretty tough. We ran way west looking for good reef fishing and instead found either stagnant current or current against the wind. We caught a few snapper and grouper but all in all not much considering how far we looked. Today was considerably better. We found good westerly current on the reef edge and had a nice catch of decent Yellowtail, probably 30 head. We also had 6 or 8 Cero and a bunch of Little Tunny bonitos. Sharks showed up and ate a bunch of fish off so we made a throw on the live ballyhoo and spent the last two hours out in the blue water slow trolling. We had 4 Sailfish on, caught one of them and a gaffer Dolphin.
The fall run of small sailfish was much in evadence today with many boats reporting 10-20lb sails right along the reef edge- as shallow as 30′ out to about 120′. We caught one right away in the morning and raised a full sized Sail who wouldn’t eat. We also caught a 20lb Blackfin Tuna. In the afternoon we tried two reef spots with modest success- Cero, Yellowtail and Grey Snapper. Strong current made the reef fishing a challenge.