View Full Version : Unfamiliar waters...

07-05-2011, 01:04 PM
Well not for you guys but for me...
A few buddies and I dragged the boat over from Tampa for the extended holiday weekend. We do a trip over for the cobia run each year but haven’t ever done any of the trolling/offshore stuff. After getting tips from a few of you guys (thanks again), I picked up a bunch of pre-rigged ballyhoo and we headed out of PC. We trolled from 90-150ft (near the weather buoy) and picked up several schoolie phins on the ballyhoo. We were hoping they would come in with friends but they were all solo's.

After a few hours of that, we moved to a very public spot in 130ft for a little bottom bumping to keep the novices on the boat entertained for a bit. We caught a few small blue runners on the channel markers earlier and I tossed one out on the flatline. I flipped a coin with my buddy to see who got first fish and he got the call. Darn... The runner lasted all of 3 minutes before we had a nice sail tail-walking away from the boat. Twenty minutes later we had the boat’s first sail boat side. None of us had ever caught one before so I picked her up for a quick pic and then had her right back in the water. We pulled her alongside the boat for a few minutes to get the water flowing through her gills and she swam off strong. On a side note, she threw her stomach up during the fight. Before reviving her, I put it back in her mouth and it seemed fine. Is this just something they do sometimes?

The next bait out also lasted less than 5 minutes before getting picked up. After an impressive aerial display, we stuck a 25lb bull and gave it an ice bath.


A few sharks later, we moved into shallower water and found a pair of Cobes. One blasted the jig but didn’t stay stuck and that was that. Decided to crack some cold ones and head for the docks.
The final tally was a Sailfish, 5 phins, a handful of sharks and cudas, a Bonita, a micro-amberjack, assorted small bottom fish, and a lost cobia.
As far as we were concerned, the fishing was great and we couldn’t have had better weather. I’m already looking forward to the next trip back.

07-05-2011, 01:10 PM

07-05-2011, 01:38 PM
:beer great!

07-05-2011, 01:55 PM
Nice work on the sail. It is not uncommon for sails, as well as other species of fish, to extrude their stomach during a fight. As long as they weren't gut hooked, or suffered any big trauma to their gut, they can pull it back in and live just fine.

07-05-2011, 08:42 PM
Pretty Work! Not shabby for "unfamiliar waters". lol

07-05-2011, 08:50 PM
Nicely done, looks like your crew had lots of action and great pics:cool

07-06-2011, 10:19 AM
Hell yeah, nice!

Mighty Quinn
07-06-2011, 10:49 AM
Way to go! Now all you'll want to do is pull hoo's! :Rockon

07-06-2011, 01:10 PM
Great day, looks like you guys caught almost every variety out there, we killed it a few weeks ago out of PC, our biggest was a 38 lb BULL

07-06-2011, 05:25 PM
way to put it to them, great job!

Capt. Kevin Brotz
07-06-2011, 08:48 PM

07-06-2011, 08:51 PM
Very Nice!