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ACME Ventures Fishing
06-19-2011, 08:45 PM
Great weather for fishing. West winds are starting to stack up some weeds offshore,
and they proved to be somewhat fishy this trip. NE of the weatherbuoy some tightly
scattered weeds proved to be just what the icebox needed. We started around the perimeter first, and the results came slowly, but good. First fish in was a 15lb Mahi. Like the last few weeks of fishing these anglers had never caught a "Phin", and made it the target spesis of the trip. No company with this catch, so lines back to work.
http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/ACMEVentures/061911Mahi1.jpg
Another half hour, and the line goes off again. It did not seem too big till the angler
put some bend in the rod, then a couple hundred yards of line peeled. This fish was
not a jumper, but still we waited till we seen the colors to know what we had. It took
a while with our Dolphin rigs to finally work it to the boat, but the Blue stripes was
a very welcome sight. Wahoo in the boat. This 50lb fish made the day for these guys,
and we still had time to fish.
http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/ACMEVentures/061911Wahooon.jpg
http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/ACMEVentures/061911Wahoo1.jpg
Another Another pass around the area with no results, so we decided to cut through the weed field. A little time passed, and a lot of cleaning fouled lines of weed, but another
hookup. Another Mahi was on the line, dragging weeds with it. As we got it near the
boat we saw it had company. The second fish did not take the other lines, so a pitch
rod went to work. It looked, it followed, but nada. Other offferings were put in front of
it but it turned its nose up at all we offered, and eventually made its way off. We sent
lines back out, working the weed field some more with no more action.
http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/ACMEVentures/061911Mahi2.jpg
Finally we headed to 8A to see if we could pick up a King or two to make a Slam.
One line down, another out the back, and into slow gear we went. 20 minutes into
the run, the downrigger released, and drag went out. This fish came to the surface
and went airborne. A nice 20 lb bull Mahi was on the line. We worked it to the
boat, and about a foot short of gaff range it decided it no longer wanted to play the
game, and unhooked itself. Big smiles were on the anglers faces despite the loss
of this fish. With lobster red sunburnt skin, they were ready to return to port and
clean fish.
http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/ACMEVentures/061911Fishing1.jpg
Several gallon bags of fish came from these few fish, and very good eats at that!

Captain Henry
"Wile E Coyote"

Coolweiser
06-19-2011, 09:00 PM
Nice day on the Atlantic Captain! Thanks for the report.

Fins13
06-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Good job your on'em this year.

beachsideandy
06-20-2011, 11:57 AM
what bait did the mahi hit on the downrigger?

ACME Ventures Fishing
06-20-2011, 12:35 PM
what bait did the mahi hit on the downrigger?

Naked Ballyhoo. Half the Phins were catching come this way, as did the Wahoo
this trip. Especially with the scattered weed, it keeps the bait clean. I'm Running
it behind a planer with release clip for faster trolling.

beachsideandy
06-20-2011, 03:25 PM
Good deal, do you rig em split bill (swimming) style or regular pin rig with wire/band for pulling on the planer? I've never ran one on the planer, usually we pull king spoons on them with the old paper-clip rubber band trick.

ACME Ventures Fishing
06-20-2011, 03:54 PM
Good deal, do you rig em split bill (swimming) style or regular pin rig with wire/band for pulling on the planer? I've never ran one on the planer, usually we pull king spoons on them with the old paper-clip rubber band trick.

I use a regular snap style release clip at the end of the planer. The planer is attached
to the downrigger simply for a depth counter, and easy retrieval when line is tripped.
The regular slider style release clips don't wok, especially when the line catch's weeds.
The release clip must clamp down on the line solidly till the bait is hit. I usually run the bait back about 50' behind the planer. Just simply 2-hook prerigged Ballyhoo's is all I
use (I don't like rigging myself). I'm useing the number 7 planer, and running about
6kts for Phins and 3 for Kings.

beachsideandy
06-20-2011, 04:46 PM
Cool... great job getting those people on the fish man!

TheOtherStore
06-21-2011, 01:01 AM
Great report, great fish, good times!