Ft Pierce area - 2 reports - 4-13-12 - Goliaths, Reds, Snook and more

Hello forum friends...I have a two reports rolled into one for you. A few days ago we ventured out to try out my new Okuma Makaira 50WII reel. I had it rigged and ready for some heavyweight prize fighting and we quickly found it with several Goliath's. Big Goliaths. I did a lot of research before deciding to invest in this reel and I must say I'm glad I got it. In low gear this reel is nothing short of a winch and with 85 Lbs. of drag on tap you'd better know how to back it off quickly or plan on going swimming - or water skiing. This thing is AWESOME!

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I told you the reel has power but pictures are always better than words.

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We managed three of these bruisers - one for each of us plus a "baby" that weighed around 65 Lbs.

Today (Friday the 13th) I took out a very nice lady who won a full day with me by entering a raffle that was a fundraiser for Honor Flight. If you have never heard of Honor Flight it is a super organization with zero paid staff - zero. Honor Flight flies (local) WWII veterans to DC to see the memorial built in their honor. It only opened in 2004 so most of these vets have never seen it. It is an AMAZING experience each and every time. If you want to learn more please visit www.honorflightsefl.org Check it out and get involved :)
I should mention that I am on Honor Flight's board of directors.

Anyway we had a great day fishing with Iona and she was a natural. Quite windy out on the river / inlet today but we managed to catch a nice variety of species including a couple keeper Reds and a Snook. Released quite a few fish along the way including a Gag and some good sized bull Reds. Friday the 13th was a lucky day for us!

Nice day for a very patriotic cause. I am giving away another full day as a door prize for the Firefighter's Golf Tournament for Honor Flight which is coming up in May. It goes down at Eagle Marsh in Jensen. If you want a chance to fish with me for free look into it :)

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SPECIAL THANKS TO IONA FOR BIDDING ON THE RAFFLE AND HELPING HONOR FLIGHT TO "KEEP 'EM FLYING"

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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    :thumbsup
    :applause
  • soflah3soflah3 Posts: 589 Officer
    Nice work captain! I have heard some great things about those reels, hope it serves you well:thumbsup
  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,779 Moderator
    Great report. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Go MongoGo Mongo Posts: 2,105 Captain
    :thumbsup
    “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
  • TrophyRoomAppTrophyRoomApp Posts: 172 Officer
    Great report cappy
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  • FloridaBoyFloridaBoy Posts: 284 Officer
    Great report! What was the bait of choice for the goliaths?
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 18,225 AG
    Good stuff captain!
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • Salty GatorSalty Gator Posts: 1,802 Captain
    Great Report:thumbsup

    What did you spool the Okuma with?
  • COBRACOBRA Posts: 247 Officer
    Great report. Those are some monsters yous got there.
  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
    Thanks everyone. As for bait Goliaths are not to picky but we caught these on a bluefish and jacks. Salty Gator the reel is spooled with 200lb. dacron to 600lb. mono top shot crimped directly to the hook.
  • Capt.NoBaitCapt.NoBait Posts: 252 Officer
    Those are pigs! I see them diving every where I go. There is a ton out there and there fun to catch if you got the tackle to handle it that is.Which I don't I get smoked every
    time lol
  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
    Those are pigs! I see them diving every where I go. There is a ton out there and there fun to catch if you got the tackle to handle it that is.Which I don't I get smoked every
    time lol

    Yeah you do have to gear up for these fellas!
  • BearmaticBearmatic Posts: 576 Officer
    Capt. great cause Honor Flight and Forgotten Soldiers. Those WWII vets should get a chance to see what is in thier honor. Without them we would speak german or japanese.God Bless you Capt. from a vet.:USA
  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
    Bearmatic wrote: »
    Capt. great cause Honor Flight and Forgotten Soldiers. Those WWII vets should get a chance to see what is in thier honor. Without them we would speak german or japanese.God Bless you Capt. from a vet.:USA

    Thank YOU Bearmatic for your service to our country. I am not a veteran (one of my few regrets in life) so this is my small way to honor those guys and gals for the sacrifices they (and you) made while serving. I love this country and know for 100% certain we would not be here today without our military - period. I teach my 8 year old daughter about it all the time because they darn sure don't teach them about it in school.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,799 Moderator
    Nice! Glad to hear that you like the reels!

    I researched for about two months as well and finally settled on a pair of Mak 15s for gags / jacks / snapper / tuna up here in NW Florida. I was tempted to go to the 20s, but the whole point was to have a light rig that would whoop most fish. The 20s had be right back in the ol' 6/0 ball park. Wish they had something between the 15s and the 20s.

    Have yet to go on a fishing trip where I need them, but that will all change in two weeks when I head over to Venice. Obviously they aren't putting out 85lbs of drag, but they'll max out at 32 and can be bumped up a touch more... which should handle most gags.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
    I have my eyes on a pair of 15's as well. I think these have come a long way.
    Nice! Glad to hear that you like the reels!

    I researched for about two months as well and finally settled on a pair of Mak 15s for gags / jacks / snapper / tuna up here in NW Florida. I was tempted to go to the 20s, but the whole point was to have a light rig that would whoop most fish. The 20s had be right back in the ol' 6/0 ball park. Wish they had something between the 15s and the 20s.

    Have yet to go on a fishing trip where I need them, but that will all change in two weeks when I head over to Venice. Obviously they aren't putting out 85lbs of drag, but they'll max out at 32 and can be bumped up a touch more... which should handle most gags.
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 948 Officer
    Way to wack em'....looks like fun!
  • redrunner34redrunner34 Posts: 50 Deckhand
    Thats awesome :thumbsup biggest one ive caught was an 80# in 10 feet of water using a spinning rod with 20# test mono. How deep did you catch these guys??? oh and let me get that reel :obscene
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,064 Captain
    ****!!!! That's all that needs to be said.

    Thanks for your part in supporting Honor Flight!!! Being a Vet, I think our country treats its Vets horribly after they serve honorably putting their necks on the line. I saw way to many young soldiers just get whisked out of the Army with no benefits. I had to fight for over 2 years just to get what I deserved.
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  • isla21isla21 Posts: 2,115 Officer
    I am sure your arms are feeling that. Nice job!!! That leader looks like my rope lighting on my back porch :grin
  • capt_toddttcapt_toddtt Posts: 159 Officer
    Thats awesome :thumbsup biggest one ive caught was an 80# in 10 feet of water using a spinning rod with 20# test mono. How deep did you catch these guys??? oh and let me get that reel :obscene

    80# on a spinner is getting it done! These were caught in 40 feet.

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