Port Canaveral Offshore 07-08-13
Todqays trip was the first in a couple weeks, with wind and sea's being unfavorable for over a week and a lower unit warranty replacement also killing a few trips. Both issues were resolved, and subsiding sea's allowed up to get a group in Port Canaveral on a cruise Port of Call out for the afternoon.
The water was pretty clean quickly after we cleared the port, and the firt flying fish were seen at 50' depth. We stopped ay 8A made a quick pass dragging a few lines with one killed bait, either Cuda or King, but we were on a primarily catch and release day, so we headed deeper to play with Red Snappers. At 100' a lot of fliers were being seen, and a fair weedline was forming, so we turned on it and put lines out. A radio call from an Ocean Going tug about a mile away told us he saw Dorado feeding along it. That intel reinforced our decision to troll a little before bottom fishing.
There was a lot of bait, but no strikes until we got to the area reported on by the Tug Captain. Then the shotgun started singing. The fish stayed in the water, and though I first thought it may be a large Mahi, the run with no ariel display made me happy for more reasons than one. Once the fish stopped taking line, we started working it to the boat, and in time the Blue Stripes confirmed itself....Wahoo! There was no hesitation or thought of Catch and Release and the gaff was on auto-pilot. My guest ask me if I could give it a good home, and I agreed to invite it home for dinner, or two, or three!
We worked the area a little longer, and with no other action, and them on a short timetable before their ship sailed, we headed for a reliable bite, Red Snapper. They were ever present, and with the cold bottom still around, up in the water column. We played with them and some jacks until it was time to get them back to their ship. To port we went, with my guest making it back to their cruise ship, and me an Mr Wahoo heading home.
Captain Henry www.ACME-Ventures-Fishing.com
602 Glen Cheek Dr., Cape Canaveral Fl.
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