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.

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  • mattpmclmattpmcl Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    Nice job. You may already know this but incase you didn't, when fishing circle hooks like that you should fish it on very light drag( as light as possible that it wont pull out while trolling) or even better dropping it back to the fish as you see him bite and then free spool it for 3-5 seconds. Once your sure he has swallowed the whole bait -very slowly the drag until he stat pulling off drag. Circle hooks work very well for dollphin and most other fish that arent too toothy.Once you get the hang of it your hook up ratio will probably increase.
  • p914p914 Posts: 476 Deckhand
    Hey, ya brought home the bacon so it was a good trip. Nice story on the fire drill :rotflmao
  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    nicely done!
  • roweryborowerybo Posts: 2,091 Officer
  • NBIJOHNNBIJOHN Posts: 58 Deckhand
    mattpmcl wrote: »
    Nice job. You may already know this but incase you didn't, when fishing circle hooks like that you should fish it on very light drag( as light as possible that it wont pull out while trolling) or even better dropping it back to the fish as you see him bite and then free spool it for 3-5 seconds. Once your sure he has swallowed the whole bait -very slowly the drag until he stat pulling off drag. Circle hooks work very well for dollphin and most other fish that arent too toothy.Once you get the hang of it your hook up ratio will probably increase.


    Thanks for the info. This is something that I know, but didn't do. Had this bally rigged on a baitrunner, flatlined with rubber band. I saw the dolphin come up on the bait but before I could get to the rod to make a drop back the bait was grabbed rubber band popped and fish was gone. Will do better next time. Thanks for the info and reminder. Use nothing but circles in Costa Rica. They work but do have to use them right.

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