Canaveral 2-18. February Filets. Dolphin are here!!!

Headed out of the port at day light and headed East to clean, warm water. Finally found it at the Stream edge in 400 ft. Sitting there was a nice rip with weeds on it. Weather report called for winds to kick up in the afternoon but they gave us a nice window until 3 or so.
We also got stopped by "the man" out 34 miles. We have never seen them out that far before, but they wanted to see what we were up to. They never boarded but just asked us some questions and wanted to see our fish.
We had steady dolphin action from 9-1pm. Bait of choice was naked swimming 'hoo. Had a couple knock downs on the down rigger but couldn't find a wahoo to bring home. Ended up with 13 fish with the biggest at 17lbs. A good day for a February.
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  • Devil DogDevil Dog Posts: 109 Officer
    Nice work
  • ancientmarinerjoeancientmarinerjoe Posts: 209 Officer
    Beutiful , just beautifull. I'm glad you got back ok. The wind really picked up.
    Joseph B...aka...Ancient Mariner
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  • Full ThrottleFull Throttle Posts: 147 Officer
    Congrats on a great day! heard alot of phins came in on sat, crazy that theres that many around in feb, hope they dont leave early
  • fishfanatticfishfanattic Posts: 90 Deckhand
    what is the man doing 34 miles offshore....interesting
  • IshIsh Posts: 797 Officer
    Nice work !
  • FinCityFinCity Posts: 145 Officer
    Whitner wrote: »
    Headed out of the port at day light and headed East to clean, warm water. Finally found it at the Stream edge in 400 ft. Sitting there was a nice rip with weeds on it. Weather report called for winds to kick up in the afternoon but they gave us a nice window until 3 or so.
    We also got stopped by "the man" out 34 miles. We have never seen them out that far before, but they wanted to see what we were up to. They never boarded but just asked us some questions and wanted to see our fish.
    We had steady dolphin action from 9-1pm. Bait of choice was naked swimming 'hoo. Had a couple knock downs on the down rigger but couldn't find a wahoo to bring home. Ended up with 13 fish with the biggest at 17lbs. A good day for a February.
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    Nice job on the fish. yeah no kidding never seen the man out that far. What time did you start out. I know the fog got really bad for us around 7 to 7:30. I don't have radar so we stopped and went back northwest towards 8A. We saw a lot of schoolys running and birds. Only boated two and had 4 knock offs. Lots of action all day. and very quite not any boats around. It was nice.
    Early to bed, early to rise, fish all day, make up lies. :fishing
    Jerry
  • slolem66slolem66 Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    Great action.. Seen that man out there before and was checked as well anchored at pelican .. nice to see our dollars at work must cost a bunch to have that size boat and crew out patroling the open ocean.
  • DudeDude Posts: 1,789 Officer
    Nice work Lads!
    DUDE!
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  • yachteryachter Posts: 182 Officer
    Sweet Day
  • triplehelixtriplehelix Posts: 160 Officer
    Awesome dolphin and those are some hairy shoulders.
  • optimistic Angleroptimistic Angler Posts: 531 Officer
    Does the state patrol have any authority that far out?
  • 28buddydavis28buddydavis Posts: 29 Greenhorn
    we got stop out abotu 230 last year all they did was pull up ask to see the fish asked if we had are fishing lic. and off the went never broaded the boat. i think the seen us bottom fishing and wanted to see if we had them so called endangered ARS. but nice work guys
  • TrophyRoomAppTrophyRoomApp Posts: 172 Officer
    Good Job Guys!
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  • QualityTimeQualityTime Posts: 180 Officer
    Nice fish!
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  • CFLnativeCFLnative Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    slolem66 wrote: »
    Great action.. Seen that man out there before and was checked as well anchored at pelican .. nice to see our dollars at work must cost a bunch to have that size boat and crew out patroling the open ocean.
    Let's not forget, FWC's greatest concern is public safety. Personally, it's a good feeling knowing they are out there, especially 30 miles out.
  • optimistic Angleroptimistic Angler Posts: 531 Officer
    CFLnative wrote: »
    Let's not forget, FWC's greatest concern is public safety. Personally, it's a good feeling knowing they are out there, especially 30 miles out.

    I agree it is nice knowing help is out there. I'm not trying to stir the pot but I thought it's the coast guards job for safety and fwc for state wild life management. I just don't understand why they are more than 3 miles out?
  • CFLnativeCFLnative Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    I agree it is nice knowing help is out there. I'm not trying to stir the pot but I thought it's the coast guards job for safety and fwc for state wild life management. I just don't understand why they are more than 3 miles out?
    Agreed. I'm sure they have a justifiable reason for being out there. Plus, I believe FWC receives federal grant money for spending time patrolling federal waters. Great to see nice numbers of dolphin this early. It's lining up to be a great spring.
  • WaVeCrAzEdWaVeCrAzEd Posts: 561 Officer
    Do you need a state fishing license in international waters?
  • optimistic Angleroptimistic Angler Posts: 531 Officer
    WaVeCrAzEd wrote: »
    Do you need a state fishing license in international waters?

    That's a good point and i didn't mean to derail this tread. Those are some crazy phins for February.
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 880 Officer
    WaVeCrAzEd wrote: »
    Do you need a state fishing license in international waters?

    Only if you are transporting the fish back through state waters, which they assume you are going to do.
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  • satbeachbillsatbeachbill Posts: 38 Deckhand
    Huh ? Never heard of that one. No where does it say you have to have a federal fishing license to fish in federal waters, or a Fla fishing license to fish in other than state waters. Please show the me regs if I'm not right and I'll stand corrected.

    Buy the way............NICE CATCH
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 880 Officer
    I'm sure someone can clarify, but when you get stopped in the inlet try telling the man you don't need a license because you caught some dolphin 30 miles offshore and it's not state "territory". Like I said, I think state rules/regs apply when you bring the fish back into state waters. I could be wrong, but I heard this from a few people.

    Maybe a FWC guy on here can shed some light.
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  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 880 Officer
    You need the state license.

    Check this thread I asked the question: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?40896-Bringing-federally-regulated-fish-back-into-state-waters-FWC-30-miles-out-patrol&p=490491#post490491

    Mako254 wrote: »
    FWC has entered into a joint enforcement agreement with NOAA, which allows FWC officers to patrol federal waters and enforce federal regulations. In fact, NOAA paid for the boat in the picture, as well as several others, and funds their patrols as part of the agreement. In that area, they were patrolling the Oculina Bank, where there are strict regulations on bottom fishing and trawling. As far as the fishing license question: if you are leaving from, and returning to Florida, then you need a Florida fishing license while fishing in federal waters.
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  • mrowfishmrowfish Posts: 52 Greenhorn
    It is my understanding FWC officer is the most powerful law enforcement officer in the State, becuase they do not need probable cause to stop and search your vessel. Do they have that same power in International Waters? It comes down to the 4th Amendment of unreasonale search and seizures
  • Haul-n-AcesHaul-n-Aces Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    FWC can stop a vessel anytime/anywhere on the water(Florida).....They cannot search a vessel without probably cause. However if you have fishing rods, bait, blood on the deck, ect.... in the boat, then that's enough proble cause to search / "Inspect" your catch if any. They cannot go onto your vessel without probably cause, unless you give them permission to do so. In this case, most seasoned officers know how to choose there words nicely! If in federal waters, and a violation has occured, then they will turn it over to the federal investigators for processing, however they can sight the violation first. Keep in mind this is just my take, based on knowing a few friendly FWC officers.
  • satbeachbillsatbeachbill Posts: 38 Deckhand
    You are right about the license. I contacted the FWC and they said yeah, you gotta have one. Never heard of that before. I've always had one, just didn't think it was needed way offshore. One more BS regulation. :banghead
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 880 Officer
    better to be safe than sorry... that will just give them one more reason to start looking through all your stuff.
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  • QualityTimeQualityTime Posts: 180 Officer
    Yeah. They may find that dead hooker in my baitwell...
    2010 Key West 211cc
    175hp Evinrude Etec
    :Rockon
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 880 Officer
    I'm more worried about them finding all the beer cans then started to probe into who drank what and how many BS.
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  • TacoSupremeTacoSupreme Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    A fighting belt… Really???? LOL
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