Port Canaveral Offshore 07-10 & 15-2013
A couple recent offshore outings to catch up on.
On the 10th, we were hopeful of finding so decent fish. We ran from site to site, with even the bottom bite on a chicken rig nearly non-existent. We found a few weak weedlines with some fliers and got nothing as a result. As the day went on, only a few sharks seemed to want to play, until we found some hungry AJ's. Not big ones, but as a primarily Catch and Release trip, they provided the nonstop catching action we spent most of the day looking for. About 30 AJ's caught and released later, we headed to port.
Monday the 15th we started where we left off the previous trip. With a FWC biologist along to record and tag fish, we managed to keep him busy. First stop....nearly 40 AJ's tagged, and 2 fish caught were previous tagged fish from another day. The rain was on and off, and we were soaked, but still catching fish. A suicidal Cobia followed an AJ to the boat and real quickly went into the icebox...it was a mostly catch and Release trip, but not ALL. Another barely legal Cobia was returned to grow.
Towards the end, the sharks arrived, and one AJ came up bitten off behind the head.
We moved on to another site. With a boat already there, we probed around trying to find our own fish, but soon as we did the other boat throttled up and cozied up closely next to us. No matter, we hooked an nice sized AJ, but with how close this other boat put himself to us, we had to work ourselves away while fighting the fish. More fish caught, including several large red Snapper, all tagged and released. We headed east to drag lines, and found some nice weedlines and fliers, but none wanted to play, so a final stop for a few more bottom drops.
The sea's had settled and visibility improved. Fish were marking high in good number and size. It was more of the same with AJ's and red Snapper. Quickly a large red Snapper was hooked on a flatlined pinfish on a spinner. The fight was good for a minute but with a last tug, became dead weight. A large shark decided to take refuge under our boat for a free meal, perhaps 8-9' long. Sadly he also had some 6' friends with him. There were some very large AJ's 60lb plus in the mix and at least one large Cobia. It was tempting, but any hookup was a likely mangled fish before we could get it to the boat.
We enjoyed the sights, and had over 40 AJ's caught for the day, bringing home a Cobia and AJ and letting the rest for another day.
Captain Henry www.ACME-Ventures-Fishing.com
602 Glen Cheek Dr., Cape Canaveral Fl.
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