6-13-2012 - Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report:

Took a vacation day today to take 4 people out today for some offshore fun. Gary, his brother Dan and his son Derek along with Gary’s son AJ. Full boat today for sure. We picked up some bait from the bait guy at the ramp this morning just in case.

The way the baits have been the past few weeks, it makes for a better feeling knowing you have some before heading out. Even though we loaded up on dines on Sunday, you never know how they are going to react day to day. We will try the Gulp Shrimp spray if those dines are picky this morning.

Sunrise pics






The Moon


Here is the birthday boy - Derek catching some dines. :thumbsup


The dines were thick at Bullshark. We stopped at the NE spot with nothing doing there. Topped off both wells in short order at the Barge.


Dialed in the deep ledge off of the Loran Tower and headed due southeast. Came upon some weeds in 50ft and put on the outriggers and trolled around them to see if we could spook up a fin but nothing doing. Continued on and found some more weeds in 170ft and drifted some liveys there while I chunked up some baits.

Move onward and spotted this tree in 460ft northeast from Push Button Hill down off the Loran Tower.


Before pulling up we got the baits ready as well as some chunks. Pulled up and the chinese fire drill was on. Had a couple fins in the box before 8 am. Had a couple more swimming around with one that we left in the water but they never got hooked up. Worked this area for another 1/2 hour without a bite.


Here is Gary & Derek with Dereks first fin - Congrats Derek - Awesome job :thumbsup


Here is Garys son AJ with the other fin caught off this tree - Congrats as well AJ :thumbsup




We continued SE from here in search of the large matts of weeds that were spotted out in 800ft yesterday down off Palm Beach. AJ spotted this log in 800ft with nothing on it but some baits. Worked it a bit but nobody was home.




Next we spotted this hard hat out in 1000ft


Not to far from the hard hat was this guys shoe :grin If only it was a Flip Flop :grin


Thought we hit the motherload when we spotted this out in 1500ft. No one home. We did find a pc of bread floating not to far from here so someone has already picked this tree clean before us. Never did find the large mats of weeds today.




Made our way back to the Hill and opted to drift some liveys down the ledge. FISHON...

We get a double header... Dan hooked up on this nice BFT drifting a dine along the ledge and at the same time the downrigger gets hit (75ft down) and AJ pulls in a monster Bonita.


Here is father & son :thumbsup


It was after 12 noon but after spotting a lot of action on the surface we opted to put out the daisy chains to see if we could scare up a mid day BFT on them. Gary gets hooked up just as we were gonna pull the plug on the BFT trolling.

Congrats Gary :thumbsup


We head due west and found a nice weedline in 80ft and put out the riggers to bump troll along them. The the Flip Flops started showing up.





I only got pics of (4) of them but we spotted 6 all together in a 1 hour period while trolling this line. You would think we would have caught some more fish :grin

Here is the crew back at the dock:



As I am saying goodbyes Dan walks up and said, hey look :hairraiser

They spotted (2) more flip flops someone left on the sidewalk in front of my truck... Go figure. Taking my youngest son Tyler out on Saturday so maybe this means good luck for that trip. We are sailfish hunting unless he changes his mind. Hope the weathers good.


I got a shout out a few times by another forum member but can't remember your name. Please post up so I can properly Thank You for giving us a heads up today :thumbsup

Today’s Tally

1 Bonita
2 Fins

How did you all make out today?

Tip of the day

This is my set-up when I fish a weedline for fins. I posted this one previously before the big crash of 2011. :grin

Scenario #1 - Weeds with NO bait, birds, or fishes busting the surface:

• Pull up to the weedline and determine drift direction. After a minute you will have a drift line on your GPS as well as knowing how you’re drifting in relation to the weeds which are even more important here.
• Let’s say your drifting inline with the weeds now in the southern direction (weeds going north and you’re on the west side of the weeds). Pull up to the spot you want to fish and drop a livey in.
• Place that rod in the Starboard rear rod holder then drive away from the weedline at a 45 degree angle southward then back up to it again at a 45 degree angle while the whole time pulling away from the first drop while that line is in free spool with the clicker on to keep it from back spooling.
• Now drop in the next lively and place that rod into the Port side rear corner rod holder and drive parallel to the weeds approx. 20-50 yards or so.
• Note: Both baits must be hooked through the nose if the current is strong (3 knots+).
• Now take a spinning (third) rod and hook bait in the back between the dorsal fin and tail. Toss this livey just off the back of the boat approx. 25-30ft. This one will splash at the surface and make a commotion like wounded bait. I installed a rod holder just to the port side of my motor and keep this rod in that location.
• Now take another spinning rod and hook a livey through the nose and keep it in the Livewell at the ready.
• Next take those chunk baits you chunked up in the morning after catching some livey’s and occasionally toss some out along with a few squirts of menhaden oil & menhaden milk as you drift.
• Work this area for about a 1/2 hour then move on down to the next fishy location.
• By fishy location I mean a stronger current, birds, bait, larger patches of weeds and then repeat the steps above. It is a lot of work alone but very rewarding when you locate the fish. Trust me.
• If you find that you’re not drifting along the weedline, but away from it, I put out the outriggers and slow troll livey’s along the weedline instead of doing what was noted above.

Now if you pull up to a weedline and there is fish busting the surface, birds diving or bait jumping all bets are off on what I stated above.

Scenario #2 - Weeds (or any debris) WITH bait, birds, and/or fishes busting the surface:

• Before you pull up, hook a livey in the nose on a spinning rod then put a piece of chunk bait on another spinning rod.
• Pull up to the commotion and toss out a handful of chunk bait on them then toss in the livey and chunk bait and hold on. Once one fish is hooked up grab that rod until the fish calms down (stops jumping) then put it in the rod holder.
• Hopefully by now the other rod is hooked up. If so, get another rod rigged and ready and bring in the first fin then toss out another chunk bait rod.
• Continue using chunk bait to save the livey’s for later until they stop chewing on the chunks. When they stop biting the chunks, switch to the livey’s.

On a side note:
• Work the weedline for a few miles and hours and if nothing is chewing, move on to the next one.
• It is important to save some of your leftover baits from a previous trip. I like sardines or greenies the best. Freeze them in saltwater from your well in Ziplocs in packages of 8 to 10 baits. Bring a package on each trip and chunk them up right after you catch your morning baits so you are prepared for a Chinese fire drill. I store them in Tupperware containers in my freezer in the garage.

Random pics on the day








  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
  • Hefe'Hefe' Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Great report as usual Jeff. Headed out tomorrow on a RARE vacation day. Will send you the flip flop tally for Thursday when we get back.
    BTW - what time of day do the BFT's go deep and quit biting? Is it related to sun/clouds?

    Formerly Dusky20, now Hefe'
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,428 Admiral
    Hey Jeff,

    Great report and way to put the "birthday boy" on some fish.

    That is pretty funny finding that many flip flops...... then finding 2 in front of your truck.

    It's an omen!

  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,779 Moderator
    Jeff, great report and putting another angler on their first fin.

    I learn something new everytime I read one of your posts. Keep it up, and thank you.

    Keeping busy while away from Florida

  • juniorbaiterjuniorbaiter Posts: 139 Officer
    Jeff, great report and putting another angler on their first fin.

    I learn something new everytime I read one of your posts. Keep it up, and thank you.
    Nice work Jeff. Great pics as "Always". Jim
  • Go MongoGo Mongo Posts: 2,105 Captain
    Great report Jeff!
    “Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
  • SCUPPERSSCUPPERS Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Jeff, nice report as usual. Always enjoy your tips, plus I had a great day last Sunday. Couldn't post as I had to re-register. So nice to see Gary, A.J. and crew. Way to go, there, Gary and A.J. Now we need to get Gary's boat bloody!!!!! Ha ha ha....won't happen in my lifetime. Jeff, you got that flip-flop thing going on for sure!!!! Hope the weather calms down this weekend so you can get out there with your son.
  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,502 Captain
    Thanks All :thumbsup I posted up the short underwater videos this morning.

    Hefe' The bet bite for BFT is early morning up till around 10am then late in the day. I have caught them mid day before but you won't catch as many and you tend to burn a lot of fuel searching for them. Today it was bright and sunny so go figure. I would say it is the sun that effects the bite due to the large eyes that they have but maybe someone else on here can give us a post on what really causes the bite to be better in the mornings and evenings. Good luck today Jeff. Hit the Bullshark for baits. The best weedline we found was in 80-90ft yesterday where we spotted all those flip flops. We only worked it for about 45 minutes so really didn't get a chance to see if the bite was there or not. It was running north/south.

    Plane Fish n I hope your right Eric. Still haven't put Tyler on a Sailfish and sure would like to to the on Fathers Day weekend. Couldn't think of a better Fathers Day gift to see him reel in his first. :thumbsup Are you still out of the country???

    Scuppers Thank You Paula. Gary and family had a blast. Gary mentioned that someone gaffed a Bonita on his boat and he had blood from bow to stern :grin

  • CaptKeemauCaptKeemau Posts: 229 Deckhand
    This one was off Boynton Tuesday in 350ft
    Looks like they came from the same tree.
    :shrug not sure why I'm having trouble putting photos in lately.
  • fishingbuddiesfishingbuddies Posts: 636 Officer
    Great way to spend a Wed. Sure was a lot of debris out there. Was wondering when you would find more flip flops.
    “When you have to choose between two evils you still choose evil” Jerry Garcia
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,064 Captain
    Great report jeff. Thanks for the tips and tricks of the AF Crew.

    I would guess at least 5 fins with that many flip flops:rotflmao. Great job getting everyone on some action.

    This move is killing me not being able to get out. I need to pour a slab, cut some trees up, and then I can bring the boat to the new house. Lana's dad is comming to town the last weekend of the month, so we are both looking forward to taking him out.
  • roweryborowerybo Posts: 2,091 Officer
    Great report and love the underwater videos
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,428 Admiral
    Thanks All
    Plane Fish n Are you still out of the country???

    Hey buddy..

    Nope.. back home and I just finished my FAA annual training/checkride in Denver... so good to go for another year!!!! YEAH!

    Hope to see you out there. Weather isn't looking so good for our crossing on the 22nd to Bootle Bay but we will keep an eye on it.

  • EagleEagle Posts: 118 Officer
    Going out tomorrow thanks for the report with all that floatsum you would think you would have a lot dolphin, it just shows you that stuff gets picked over before it gets up here, I will try to post early tomorrow.
  • robalorogrobalorog Posts: 495 Officer
    nice report. I like the phin pic with the reflection of your boat and all the bait. Didnt catch your "weed senario" last time. glad you reposted.

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