Port Canaveral Offshore 06-12&13-13
Taking advantage of a few good days of weather, we ran out to see what was biting. Last trip out, it seemed the water on the bottom was cooling out deep, and these trips confirmed it. Not drastic, but enough to get some fish on the move, and behaving a bit oddly.
On Wednesday, the day started with gently rolling 4' swells, but settled by days end. Our first stop was to make a quick pass on 8A to see if a quick King could be hoked up before heading a little deeper. We were pulling a few lipped plugs and a naked Ballyhoo at about 4.5 MPH when the Ballyhoo got hit. Wasn't a King however, but a Cobia. Undersized, a pic was taken and it was released.
We did not stay there long and headed deeper. We saw a few birds working a weedline and a few fish crashing the surface. Again a few Naked Ballyhoo were set out and we made a pass by and got hooked up. We were hoping these were smaller Mahi, but no. Amberjack! These were just undersized, but strange fish to catch trolling the surface in 130' of water.
We were near structure so we decided to see if anything was happening on the bottom. Not much really, but as lines were brought up to reset for another drift, fish followed....AJ's and red Snapper as well as some Almaco's. Next drift lines were set only 30' below the boat and a speed jig was worked, and flatline out. All of these offerings caught fish. Red Snapper were mixed in with the AJ school and even came to the surface to eat a flatlined sardine on a spinner.
We finally worked deeper to see if any trolling activity was possible. Not too much but a floating Bananna tree held a couple small Mahi and a Tripletail. Mahi were offered everything but never bit. Triple tail did come home for dinner however.
Thursday was much the same. We picked up some grunts and pinfish from 8A and headed to see if our bottom fish were still up sunbathing. They were. Even the largest Grunt, nearly 10" long got ate up by a large Red Snapper. We caught, Tagged and released well over 300 pounds of these fish in a short time, all from the top 30' of the water column. Baits dropped to the bottom got nothing. I even took a turn with my ultralight and a jighead with squid. These large Snapper are quite a fight on very light tackle and do run to the bottom once hooked. Fish was boated and tagged however.
With energy running out from fighting so many fish, we decided to take a break a nd drag lines. Not too much deeper and some weak weed lined had formed, but with a fairly clean edge it was easy to work. We saw some bait under it and even fliers. All we needed was big fish. It took an hour for that to happen, but when it did it wa a nice fish. A good sized Bull nailed our shotgun line and the fight was on. Being on a 50 wide, it came in fairly quick, and proved that once in the boat, having a lok of energy left. It was a solo fish, with no observable followers, so in the icebox it went. The rest of the day saw only Cuda, but with good fish on ice, we headed back to port to clean.
Two trips and different groups in two days with mission accomplished. Both days trips were not 'Meat' trips but catching trips. The second day was to catch fish, and if something good happened by, invite it home for dinner. That we did.
Captain Henry www.ACME-Ventures-Fishing.com
602 Glen Cheelk Dr., Cape Canaveral Florida