After getting skunked last weekend I thought I would change things up. I had one of these for breakfest before the trip today and after a day like today, I have added this to my fishing arsenal :biglaugh:
Broke the SLI a little past 5am this morning and immediately started loading up on Greenies, Sardines and runners. Thank You Oversear for the tip last week
Taking Cal and his buddy Brian out today insearch of anything that chews on a bait. This is Brians first offshore trip here in Florida so everything was exciting and new to him. Cal pointed out the jelly fish glowing in the dark as they came off the boat spray in the darkness on the way to the bait spot. I have never seen that before... Pretty cool.
Around 7am we had both wells full and started our search for fishes... Decided to hit the AJ spot early in hopes of putting Brian on his first rod bender but was unable to hook up. Decided to run SE from here until we found something fishable.
We found this piece of log in 830ft loaded with trigger fish.
We sprayed some Menhaden Oil and a bunch of chunk bait on it and it wasn't long before the fins came to the surface...
Heres Brians first fin and offshore fish... Congrats Brian.
We gave My Other Honey (Pete) a yell as he was just to the west of us to come on over... How did your day end up Pete? Shoot me an email.
We picked up 3 more fins here before we decided to continue southeastward.
We spot a couple of boats (or so we thought) when we hit 1000ft a few more miles southeast so we decided to keep going. It was then that we spotted this little gold mind drifting in 1250ft... Only one boat fishing it and they were pulling up fins and wahoo galour.
It didn't take but a second to realize we found a gold mine and a spot we would be fishing for the rest of the day. Enjoy the pics.
Heres Cals biggest fin to date. Congrats Cal. And on a small spinner as well.
Heres Cal with his first Wahoo... Another congrats Cal. Awesome job.
Heres a large school of triggers around the boat.
Heres Brian with his first Wahoo. Congrats Brian.
In all the many Chinese fire drills Cal also brougt in a BFT... Nice offshore slam Cal.
We fished this thing until a little after 3pm and 17 miles later we find ourselves 30.4 miles Northeast of the SLI. Luckily it was a following sea for the ride back in. We arrived back a little before 5pm. 11+ hours on the water today and proved to be an awesome day.
And 3 beat fishermen :biglaugh:
How did you all do today?
Heres some pics back at the dock:
I will post some video tomorrow... :thumbup: Gonna go have a few :beer: 's
Heres a couple of videos from our trip today. Simply click the pictures below to view them. In one of them you can hear Ocean Motion giving us a shout out on the radio. You should have made the long run Hank. We left them chewing.
Tip of the day: 4/2/2011:
Do you unload your boat off your trailer by yourself? I have seen a lot of different methods while waiting for the crew. Some people drive the boat off. Others tie a long rope from the main eyelet to the trailer winch post. Some tie it to the dock before it is backed in.
Heres what works for me and is rather simple. Angle the trailer towards the dock so when it comes off the trailer it naturally floats towards the dock. Before doing so, have your dock rope tied to your bow rail or cleat and let a few feet looped down off the side of the boat so you can grab it easily.
Slowly back in angling the trailer so the back end is approx. 1 - 2ft from the dock and when the trailer breaks free from the bunks, put the parking brake on and the truck into park. By the time you get to the boat it is almost off the back of the trailer, simply grab the rope and tie it to the dock.
Now obviously this will be dependent upon your trailer type, bunker –vs- rollers, dock set-up, driver’s side dock vs passenger side, and crowds at the ramp. This works for me at Sandsprit and only takes approx. two minutes to unload. Hope this helps someone.
Great report, great pics as always! Glad you got out and caught'em up.
The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves.