Yankee Capts 3/16/12

March 16th - 3 Day Mutton Marathon.
Thursday departure day... lots of young anglers on this one, all visibly well prepared and seasoned, reminded me of myself when I started out at Halouver and Newport pier. 99% of the great anglers that I've fished with, started out and continue to fish from local piers, this group was no different, if anything just better and very well equipped, they all carried long pier rods that could double as Mutton rods on the Yankee Capts and they knew how to use them...
We had great weather for the most part, never saw more than 3-5 seas, actually a very refreshing rain shower here and there, but the Gulf Stream pushed itself onto the reef, limitting our depth range to about 100' - 120'. For the most part the 100' -120' depht did not limit the quality and size of our target specie, lots of large fish caught.
Some highlights... We could have filled the white box, the blue box and front box with huge Red Groupers and head back early, but our "trusted" public officials that know better than the actual front line soldiers :huh see it fit that a closure is warranted due to diminishing numbers of stock, just like the now present in "unlikelly" places American Red Snapper. We set free more than a handfull of Black groupers as well, my 25 pounder and T.J.'s 35 pounder and other. Kingfish were an easy target, average 10-20 pounders, flyingfish were abundant as well. A couple from Minessota actually brought some highlights to the scene, with Amanda's 30 lb. Cobia and also her huge Mutton Snapper. :hail. The Atlantic Sharpnose were missing perhaps due to the large number of BIG sharks that made their presence evident by helpng themselves to our catch on the way up...
We saw come over the rail many flag sized 'tail with one in the 5lb. range and even I had a 4 pounder. as I mentioned, lots of quality Mutton snappers, not many muffins came aboard, most 8lb. plus fish with many in the 15-19lb. range.
Overall for the depht that we managed to fish, this trip was outstanding, I can only imagine if we had been able to make it deeper. Great group of anglers, needless to say the captains, Joe, and the Josh, Chad and Linden team made it all happen!
Just a few pictures,


  • FlagtailsFlagtails Posts: 573 Officer
    Nice job Art. Way to go and thanks for the post.

  • fishnfool73fishnfool73 Posts: 47 Greenhorn
    Great report Art I can't wait to go next month.
  • saltwateronlysaltwateronly Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    This was my first tortugas trip and had a great time. I fished hard but just could not get the big fish to bite. Art you did well and were always hookin up with big fish. We'll be back again in a less windier month with less current hopefully.
  • jakedgejakedge Posts: 1,302 Officer
    Thanks for the report Art. Next month is my turn!!
  • globalwavetrackerglobalwavetracker Posts: 227 Deckhand
    Art Nice group & mixed catch. Glad to see the sharpnose taking a hike.
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Officer
    Nice catching! :beer


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  • bite my baitbite my bait Posts: 459 Deckhand
    Good job Art,nice report,and yea man,that whole grouper thing sucks,thats why I dont step foot down there in feb/march,one of those 30+ pound groupers can make or break your trip,sucks to see that fish go,but it is what it is!!!!!my turn in may
  • snappersnatchersnappersnatcher Posts: 134 Officer
    don't worry bricks I'm going to look for big mommy next month... Nice catch Mr. art was those on my leader lol...hahaha
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 740 Officer
    Thanks for the post Art. I had a fun weekend too.

  • macarelo70macarelo70 Posts: 19 Greenhorn
    :thumbsupGood job Art and yankee capt's !!!!
  • reeladventuresreeladventures Posts: 304 Officer
    Nice report. Looks there was a whole lot of fun to be had on that trip. A lot of good looking fish too. Thanks for sharing it with us
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  • Deep DropDeep Drop Posts: 46 Deckhand
    Art Nice group & mixed catch. Glad to see the sharpnose taking a hike.

  • LitiGATORLitiGATOR Posts: 819 Officer
    Nice report Art; looked like a fun trip wiu good peeps.
  • cudamancudaman Posts: 402 Officer
    Nice report, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to get out there next week. :crossed
    I only keep what I eat or will use for bait.
    I release all sharks.

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