After a late night trip yesterday, we thought the best way to catch the midday outgoing tide while the winds allowed was to run up to Bahia Honda again. David and I bucked the east wind to reach the protection of the bridge, but found little relief from the wind and waves when we got there. The wind direction quartered the current, augmenting the waves and making it hard to keep baits where they needed to be. Weeds were also a bigger problem than last week.
We had several hits and drag pulls before the first hookup, but that ended up being a nice 75# tarpon. A few minutes later another hit but no hookup, then a bait down deep was taken. The fish ran long but stayed deep, and when we caught up with it we were pleasantly surprised that it was a 40# permit. We've caught a few permit here from time to time, but none this size.
Hopefully the GoPro video turns out well...here's a screen shot:
Several other crabs were taken deep without hookups, and we assumed there were more permit around the pilings. David feathered his bait down around the piling, and felt the take. Again the fish stayed deep, but this time didn't run far. After we drifted into the clear, some pump-and-winds brought the fish to the surface. No permit this time: David's fish was a really nice snook!
As the conditions deteriorated we made the rough trip back to Cudjoe, feeling we had made the best of what we had to work with in catching what David now calls a "Bahia Honda Slam."
A brief thunderstorm passed through in late afternoon, and gave us a very short window of calm as it left. One last quick trip to a nearby basin provided David with another tarpon, 1/4 the size of the big fish he caught last night. Under better conditions we finally got some decent photos...we'e mostly been videoing.
Within minutes the winds kicked up again and drove us off the water, and barring some unexpected blessings it doesn't look as though they'll stop this week.