4/11 PBI Report
Decided to take advantage of the good weather and headed out about noon myself for a short trip. Set up ballyhoo spread and worked offshore and north from inlet. Found good weed line at about 500 to 550 ft and worked it on the inside to the north for about 1 1/2 hours with no results. Turned through the weeds and started working back after clearing weeds, running south. By now was in 550 ft off Jupiter. Had first runoff. Short bite, took half the bait on bally with small black and purple chugger. Circled around and worked back continuing south. While on autopilot was about to clear weed when dolphin comes up on naked bally on flatline up close. This was on a bridled circle hook. Grabbed the bally, no hook and took off. Learned on lesson, although the bally swam beautiful, will not rig this way again. Got reset, circled around and again continued south. Finally third runoff, hooked up again on black and purple chugger. Now fun began, fighting fish and clearing the lines in the way at the same time. Again, autopilot is like a second person on the boat. Worked fish to the boat, rod in a holder, grabbed leader and backed off drag just a little. Little wrap on the leader and right into the cooler. Had to leave for a diner appointment so cleaned up quick and headed back to the dock. Pretty sure there were more fish in the area if I had time to stay. Back to the dock by 4 pm. Ocean was beautiful, flat and clear blue. Weed line should still be in the area.