ARS, Gags, Wahoo, Dolphin and Mangs

The past two days offshore have been fantastic. If you have the ability to run deep while the seasons are open, do it. As other reports have indicated, the Gulf has been extremely flat and waves nonexistent. That being said, it has also been very hot due to the lack of any wind. Drink plenty of water.
We have been running just past the 160' mark to our usual marks and found the bottom bite to be fantastic. Ars on the first 5 drops, then the RG's and chunky gags chimed in. We found some large AJ's down on the bottom as well.
After about an hour of bouncing bottom, the peanut dolphin showed up by the hundreds. At times, we could barely get our grouper baits to the bottom as the P'nuts would chase it and pick at it the entire way down.
We also were pleased to bag a few fat mangs to mix in with our ARS limit. Baits of choice were sardines, whole Boston Mackerel and whole baby bonito we bought at Mahi Mac's. Well worth the money as they brought the biggest grouper and snapper.
On the way back in, we put out a spread of 4 ballyhoo/Ilanders and within 3 minutes we had a huge fish bite off the left flat line without so much as pulling an inch of line off the reel. As soon as the left long rigger passed through the hole in the water, we got another hit. The fish pulled over 300 yards of line off the TLD 25 before we got the boat slowed down and remaining lines cleared. After about 30 minutes, we stuck the gaff in a large wahoo. Nice way to end the day !


  • IshIsh Posts: 797 Officer
    Thats a fine day !!!!
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,353 Admiral
    ****!!! That's a really nice Hoo! Blue/white Islander? I've started to rig a 10 inch ballysmoke Hogy on mine. Looks great and lasts forever.
    Nice work!!
  • Amurleopard1967Amurleopard1967 Posts: 267 Deckhand
    Really nice job
  • GASeminoleGASeminole Posts: 136 Officer
    Putting on a clinic, taking care of business, (insert phrase for slaying multiple species of gamefish)!
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,062 Officer
    wow! super day! thanks for the report
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,480 Moderator
    Now there you go again getting every one fired up..Just drooling to run offshore..It will be Saturday for us may not be as smooth but doable..
    Thanks for the report..
  • SJCSJC Posts: 2,560 Captain
    DANG, what a HOO!
    The Beatings will continue until moral improves!
  • Feeding FrenzyFeeding Frenzy Posts: 247 Officer
    Thx guys !! It was a great day, with a lot of variety to keep things interesting. Trust me, there are plenty of those larger 'Hoos out there, you just have to invest the time in trolling with the right gear. I'm sure the hogie is a great lure, but I find a fresh, quality ballyhoo rigged the right way is extremely hard to beat. You just never know what you will find with a good spread of baits/lures behind the boat.
  • gruntkinggruntking Posts: 788 Officer
    Wow, great fishing!
  • nuk3fixrnuk3fixr Posts: 19 Greenhorn
    Very Nice. What pass did you go out of? I've been out of New pass sraight west to about 130 ft, but a friend tells me I may find deeper water faster headind WSW instead?
  • Feeding FrenzyFeeding Frenzy Posts: 247 Officer
    We typically run out of Venice Inlet for our deeper runs. The bottom is so much more productive down that way. I usually run WSW from there. Past 140', there are countless spots to explore for yourself. A good bottom finder tuned properly and some patience will get you in the game.
  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,832 Captain
    :beer Nice work!! Great report
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Great catch and great report as always

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