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ACME Ventures Fishing
07-04-2011, 11:38 AM
With a motor glitch on the ride in the day before, I was able to fix the
problem, but not till first thing in Sunday morning. As such we made a late
start, at 8:00 am from Port Canaveral. With the problem fixed, and the boat
running better than ever, we blasted out. First stop was at 8A for a quick pass
dragging lines. With no boats there it was simply an oppurtunistic try. With
no action, out deeper we went. This was not a trolling trip, but a Weather
Buoy trip, where we pull lines from 120' to the 20 mile buoy and around the
area a few hours, then head in to anchor up and reef fish.

We found Fliers at 120' like the day before, and set lines out. Many boats
were in the area, so we worked the perimeter. after a half hour, drag peeled,
for the first fish was on. A nice ariel display, and slowly working it in, a solo
Bull. With no followers, we boated it, and re-deployed the line.
Another half hour or so, same area, another nice Mahi took the line. Again,
same procedure, slow retrivel, with other lines adjusted around it hoping
to get a second, but another solo fish. In the boat and back to fishing we went.
Another period of time went by with no action, so we worked towards the
weather buoy. A very well pronounced north to south running rip was found
with a hundred yard wide highway of glassy water, and weeds stacked nicely
on the west edge. As we neared it, one line got hit, but not big fish. It was
a fish however, and in it came. This was a Shark, and once in the boat the
angler got to hold one for the first time, despite having caught them before.
Into the Fish Highway" we went. A little quite a first, with several boats in
the same area. First hit was apparently a Mahi from the look of it comming
across the spread, but no hookup. We worked a circle around the area, and
had a Sailfish bat at the bait, killing the ballyhoo, but never hooking up. Again
we continued to circle the area and this time our deep line was hit and run
with, without a hookup. The site was real "Fishy", but we did not have anything
to show for it. Finally with the deep naked ballyhoo redeployed, we passed the
area again and it was Wahoo on. The angler who boated this fish was on the
rod each of the previous misses, so this was a good redemption! Only one
more fish, a Cuda was caught here.
We had a rain shower bearing down on us, and had to decide to head north or
south, and keep trolling, or hit the reef. Since this was not really a trolling trip,
and each of the three guest had boated a nice fish, to the reef we went. The action
has been much the same on the reef's when hitting the bottom. Sea Bass everywhere.
They caught several nice fat Black Sea Bass for the icebox, and likely a hundred
that were too short. With several fish to clean we pulled anchor, made a few
more drifts, and headed in. Typically from 8A to Port Canaveral we cross the
shoals with 6' or more of water. This trip we saw 2.5' at one point!
On a serious note, but with a happy ending. While at 8A fishing, a fishing boat, one
that we had seen earlier called into the coast guard that it had found a cooler and
floating debris from what appeared to have been a boat. Another call shortly later
from them stated that 3 people were taken onboard, safely, that were on this boat.
It was aparently a 19' boat that had a major transom failure, and obviously not enough
built in floatation. Having never heard a distress call it makes me question if they
had a VHF onboard. They told the Coast Guard that the had been in the water about
2 hours before the fishermen picked them up. It may have been a happy ending, but
certainly stresses the need for safety gear. I always have an "Overboard Bag" with me
when I go out, even if on someone elses boat. It has a portable, waterproof VHF, and
GPS locator Beacon, drink and snacks. Its in a floating bag also. Such a kit on this
boat could have kept them from floating 2 hours in the water, wondering if someone
was going to find them. For less than the cost of gas they spent for the trip, they could
have had that. In the end they were foritionate that a lot of boats were out, and ran
across their debris field. This may have been a happy ending, but a little precaution
could prevent what often ends in tragedy.

Captain Henry
ACME Ventures Fishing

07-04-2011, 03:27 PM
Nice report Captain. Catastrophic hull failure and little foam in the hull is a quick sinker for sure. Glad they made it back to dry land.

07-04-2011, 03:50 PM
Thanks for the report. Great pictures.

07-05-2011, 10:38 AM
NICE HOO !!!! how deep would you normally run your planer or downrigger line?

07-05-2011, 11:23 AM
Nice hoo & phins. Really glad to hear those guys got rescued, it could have been a whole different story. I like your advice Captain and I am going to implement some more safety precautions on my boat like what you stated. I currently have some of that stuff but really should get the rest to round it out. Tight lines.

ACME Ventures Fishing
07-05-2011, 12:11 PM
NICE HOO !!!! how deep would you normally run your planer or downrigger line?

I use the downrigger simply as a quick retrival for the planer for when the release
clip pops. Usually at 6-7 mph, I run out about 50' line, and guessing it actually
runs 15-20' down. Half the fish were picking up seem to come from this with
a naked Ballyhoo trailing another 50-75' back. The other half, Blue/White vented islander skirted Ballyhoo. The 50lb Wahoo we caught a couple weeks back hit
the same naked Bally, and we lost one just outside gaff range Saturday, same bait.

07-05-2011, 04:46 PM
That is a good day! Do you always use double hooks?

07-05-2011, 05:08 PM
Bulls and Hoos...thats a good day!

ACME Ventures Fishing
07-05-2011, 05:15 PM
That is a good day! Do you always use double hooks?

On Ballyhoo Yes. I used single hook last week one trip, as bait store was out of
doubles, and had double the cut-off's. Most fish come in hooked on the tail hook, so
if I were rigging single, I would place them well at the back. I use them for Kings
also, and they are almost always tail hooked.

07-05-2011, 05:54 PM
Great report :beer

07-06-2011, 09:17 PM
Nice Report and Great Pictures.

Capt Gator
07-07-2011, 07:50 PM
Nice work Capt Henry!