Got a vacation day today and heading out before the wind blows this weekend. Taking John BlackCat out again is search of some fins and maybe a Sailfish that I owe him… “SNAP” :grin.
Loaded up his gear out on Hutchinson’s Island and watched the awesome thunderstorm lightning show offshore as we headed down to the Pocket.
With word that the greenies are here we only picked up $20 worth of bait from the bait guy and headed out the SLI. Hit the NE spot with no luck. Ran down to my new spot and picked up a couple of Blue Runners.
Hit Bullshark Barge with, again, no baits. Ran down to the first of the remaining 2 yellow buoys south of the Barge and immediately had a keeper size Cobia came up to the stern.
By the time I got a bait out it was gone. Worked this area a bit more before heading on down to Hobe Sound Wreck (HSW) in search of more baits. Spotted 3 more Cobias on the wreck but they didn’t like our baits.
After finding no baits here we decided to head offshore. We found a solid rip with great conditions in 250ft straight out from the HSW. Dropped in a couple of baits and drifted just minutes before hooking up our first Sailfish.
But it quickly came unglued but stole the bait. We drove back west and set-up another drift through the nervous waters. Once again, just minutes into the drift we hook up to another Sailfish skying out of the of the water a 100 yards off to the west.
I have found that dumping a ˝ spool of line to get the bait way out there in an area that looks good for sails tends to catch you sails.
John fights this sail briefly before the leader line breaks. After inspecting it I determined that this was the same rod used our last trip out that Will caught his first Sailfish on and the leader was chaffed.
Here was the location of the area we were in…
Captains error in forgetting to change the line. Once again I cost John a sailfish. Sorry John. Now I owe you two sailfish :grin.
We go back up to the weeds and nervous water and set-up another drift. Do the usually menhaden oil and milk and drift off to the east. With no bites we decided to reel in the baits and head to the Hill for some BFT…
As John starts reeling in his it gets nailed by a fin. Dinner in the box. Congrats John.
We opted to make one more drift in hopes of finding another fin. No more luck here except with a brief visit from a large cuda to the stern. We head to the Hill for some BFT…
We dropped in two daisy chains. One with pink & silver Billybait and the other with a purple and silver Billybait lure on the outriggers. John rigged up one of his rods with one of my Bluewater lures from GSpot.
On the other corner I put out a large squid daisy chain with a new lure my old boss gave me to try out. We trolled the ledge and finally it wasn’t too long before the left rigger pops…
John starts reeling in the pink & silver rig and says there is nothing on it. All the sudden the BFT nails it and it is FISHON once again…
Johns addition to the fin in the boat adds to the number of fresh fish meals him and his with Jackie will enjoy before they head back north and back to work.
We got a shout from “Bite Me” as they trolled by. How did you guys make out today?
We continue the troll around the Hill and suddenly Johns Bluewater lure (blue & white) gets nailed. With now 2 BFT’s in the box we opted to dial in the AJ spot for some heavy rod bending.
On the way we ran into the same rip in 250 feet, miles south early this morning. We had just a few greenies left in the well so we decided to work this line. I hook up a fin in short order and get him to the boat to see him spit the hook at the boat.
With now only one greenie left in the well we decided to rig up a couple of ballyhoos and troll north in hopes of finding some more fins. Were about 6 miles north of the AJ spot now and decided to turn around and found a 5 gallon bucket with bait on it.
We tossed chunk bait on it as we trolled past. We make 4 or 5 passes, each time tossing chunk bait on it with no luck. We pulled in the hoos and pulled up and dumped the rest of the chunk bait and deployed our last bait and a hoo and drifted here in hopes of one last fin…
No luck here so we dialed in the AJ spot and made the 6 mile run back south. We spot a thermo cline 100ft down with fish on top of it. John drops down his Blue Runner and quickly gets hooked up to the first AJ…
We move back over the wreck and drop down another Runner. John immediately hooks up again to a slightly larger AJ. But it was only 27 ˝ inches and had to go back into the sea to grow a little longer.
With no baits left in the wells we dial in a bait spot that is NE of the Sandpile and pick up a couple more runners and some cigar minnows. We anchor up on the Pile and deploy the 2 Cigar minnows and a runner on the bottom.
With nothing happening I reel up the runner and redeployed just the head and within minutes John was on a very large shark. After one swim around the anchor line and us doing the anchor line duck & waive this shark peels off ˝ a spool southward in short order.
John works this shark back to the boat and it parks itself straight down along side of the boat right on the bottom.
John fights this fish for 40+ minutes with a fishing reel that is back lashing on him as the drag begins to give way.
I decide we have better pull anchor to see if we can budge this beast off the bottom by motoring. As I am pulling anchor the shark comes unglued. He straightened out my 300lb snap swivel.
I think John was relieved to say the least :grin. Between the reel giving him problems and the beast not budging from the bottom, this 45 minute fight could have gone on for hours :grins.
I had to keep taking breaks as it is hard work watching someone working up a sweat on these beasts of the sea.:grin I promised John that I will have a new bottom reel ready for him next time.
We called it a day shortly after 3pm and headed back to the Pocket.
0-2 on Sails
1-2 on Fins
0-1 200+ lb shark
1 – Remora – That one was mine :grin
Met a fellow forum member (Mike) at the ramp who enjoys the reports and tips. Nice meeting you today Mike. Glad I am helping you catch more fish.
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
Are you tired of looking at that nasty looking grease in your motor well. I found that a quick few squirts of Goo Gone and a rag quickly removes the grease that drops down from the seals.
Random pics on the day