Taking my oldest son Gary and his buddy & our fellow forum member Vindawg out today. We are dumping the AF in at the Black Pearl boat ramp this weekend in Fort Pierce.
B.Wilmot, my nickname for him is Wingman will be running and gunning for debris out deep today.
One thing I found out this morning is Fort Pierce has better sun rises :grin
We arrived at 10a and once again only one boat loading up on bait right at the buoy. We were catching bar jacks, small goggles and some other small bait that doesn’t have any scales. B.Wilmot, what did you tell me those baits were?
It wasn’t long and the sardines work up and the crowd showed up.
We loaded up both livewell’s in short order. Here’s Bryan rigging up a rod before we head out to run & gun for fins.
We headed out to deeper waters (which here in Fort Pierce seems like an eternity :grin) looking for debris. We get on the other side of the Mulipen and Bryan spots a free jumping sailfish. He stops to try an catch a quick bite as we continue deep.
Vinny spots a piece of rope in 500ft that I almost ran over so we circle back around and found it to be covered up with small baits. We work the usual chunk baits and mixes and see if we can scare up some fins.
After 20 minutes of working this rope we have nothing showing up. We get on the radio to Bryan to see if he caught that sail and found out that he had already passed us and is 28 miles from the FPI.
We point the bow in his direction and continue our search for debris and weeds. We found some scattered weeds in 875ft (28 miles from FPI) straight out from the Power Plant.
We drifted some livey’s in the area for about a ½ hour with no takers. We ran over to Bryan and he mentioned we should go deeper so we pointed the bow due east again and started hunting.
We are now approx. 32 miles out (1000ft) and located some weed patches about 3-4ft in diameter loaded up with small baits. We worked this area for an hour with no takers.
It is now past 11am with not one bite so it is time to start hunting again. We left Bryan who was planning on trolling back in and head NW from here to a spot some 22 miles NE from FPI and 17 miles from our current location.
On the way we spotted this floating (my lucky charm). A Flip Flop
We get on the radio to Bryan and told him we found something that has changed our luck for the day and he quickly responded that he is on his way over. I quickly responded that “No, I found a Flip Flop and he laughed.
20 minutes later and we spot a fish on the surface off the Port side and run over to it. It looked like a Porpoise but we couldn’t tell. It was very thick so we knew it wasn’t a sail.
We decided to drop in some livey’s and work this area in 318 feet. It wasn’t 5 minutes and Vinny gets hooked up to a nice sailfish.
Vinny works this sail to boat and gets the gloves on to grab the bill for a successful release.
Here is the location we released this sail.
Here is a quick video of Vinny fighting the sail. Just click the picture
I have another video of the release as soon as it finishes uploading I will post it
We arrived at our destination and set up a drift over the area. Gary hooks up an Atlantic Sharpnose shark.
We dial in the CDIP Weather Buoy which is 16 miles SW from our current location in hopes of still locating some debris for fins. We found a nice rip in 125ft and put out some baits.
This storm was SE of us moving up the coast.
There was a lot of moon jellyfish in this area and I have never had luck catching anything around them.
We continue towards the buoy and spot a nice weedline in 60ft. As we were drifting, we spot this floating by loaded up with small baits…
We dumped out the remaining chunk baits from the bucket on it and tossed out the flag and worked this for about 45 minutes with no takers.
We continued to the weather buoy…
As we get closer something is busting up baits at the surface and in short order they were both hooked up to a pair of Blacktip sharks.
Vinny hooks up to what I thought was another Blacktip but after a 15 minute fight it was one of the largest Bonita’s I have ever seen.
It’s 2pm so we decided to call it a day. We arrive to FPI with the coast guard checking boats in the inlet. They were busy when we went by them. Glad to see them on the water :USA
We pull up to the ramp and had no issues getting the boat out. Much better ramp (less crowded) than Stan Blum.
0/0 Fins – Ran 72 ½ miles today with no luck but it wasn’t do to the lack of effort.
1 - Flip Flop that changed our luck once again :grin
1 – Sailfish
1 – Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
2 – Blacktip Sharks
1 – Bontia
I had a blast today guys even though we didn’t locate anything for the fish box. We need to do that again but this time locate some debris :grin
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
After Vinny seen this in action today he wanted to make one so I figured I would post this again for him and those of you who haven’t had a chance to make one.
I made a floatation device to help mark debris after losing the gold at the end of the rainbow last year. There was no doubt we could have limited out on fins and I am quite sure if we did some highspeed trolling around that log that another Wahoo or two could have ended up in the box as well. Because I already had a lot of the items noted below (except the Lowes list) this thing only cost me $10 to make. I estimate about $30 total (minus the tools) to make this complete.
Here was my shopping list from Lowes:
• ¾” x 5ft CPVC pipe – SKU#23814 - $4.05
• (2) ¾” End caps CPVC – SKU#23773 - .34 cents each
• ¾” Male adapter CPVC – SKU#23766 - .36 cents
• ¾” Adapter CPVC – SKU#23754 - .99 cents
• (2) 3/16” x 2” Stainless Steel Eyebolts – SKU#208035 - $1.52 each
Remaining items needed:
• Swim noodle
• (2) Wire ties
• Tournament flag of any type
• 400lb mono
• 400lb mono crimps
• Crimp tool
• 11/64” drill bit
• Sockets/wrenches to tighten Eyebolt nuts.
• 12-14 oz weight
• PVC Pipe glue & cleaner
• A swimming pool to test it out in is helpful
• Cut the following lengths of CPVC
o One 37” piece
o One 5” piece
• Cut the swim noodle to 30”
• Install the swim noodle onto the CPVC leaving 1” exposed at one end and 6” exposed on the other.
• Install end cap (unglued) on to the 6” exposed end.
• Glue on the male adapter to the 1” exposed end of the CPVC.
• Screw on the other adapter then glue on the 5”piece of CPVC to it.
• Drill a 11/64” hole into the end (center) of the remaining end cap that is not yet attached to anything.
• Place one nut on the Eyebolt as far on as it will go.
• Screw the Eyebolt into the hole and place another nut onto it and tighten.
• Glue on the end cap on the other end of the 5” piece of CPVC.
• Cut a 18” piece of 400lb mono and crimp it onto the Eyebolt.
• Attach the other end of the 400lb mono to a 14 oz. weight.
• Drill (4) .030 diameter holes, 90 degrees to each other approx. in the center of the 5” piece of CPVC.
o These holes are where water will enter and mix with the menhaden oil & milk and allow the menhaden oil & milk to seep back out into the water.
o Please note that some additional holes might be needed depending on the size of the holes you drilled.
• Drill (2) 11/64” holes into the 6” exposed end of the CPVC. One .375” below the end cap and one .375” above the top of the swim noodle.
• Install the remaining (2) Eyebolts into these holes.
• Attach the flag to the Eyebolts using the wire ties.
Once in the water, this thing will stick out of the water approx. 30” Add a few drops of Menhaden oil and milk and this should keep the fish around. Another plus is when you have all the Banded Rudderfish in the area, just maybe this will attract them so you can catch the fins :grin.
Random pics on the day