I was solo today so I decided it would be a live bait day. I got a late start at Sandsprit at 10. There weren't many mullet there so I headed off to one of my money spots and filled the livewell in 10 minutes. I have finger and some large mullet up to 8". I headed offshore and remembered Flatline talking about BFT in 110' but I got there and it was not looking fishy. I decided to go to one of my big BFT spots where I have caught 25lb+ blackfins. I set up a drift with three line out and a chumbag. I set one line deep with a 3oz sinker on a rubberband 50' up the line.
Within 20 minutes the deep line goes off with nice size sailfish. I have two other lines out but manage for not get tangled up. Halfway through the fight another line goes off. I look over my should and see a dolphin jumping. I give rodney the sail for a bit while I bring in the phin, gaff it and throw it in the box. Then back to the sail. I get it boatside, snap a few pics with the Iphone, I remove the hook and set her free.
I wait until the chumbag is empty and start a slow troll. Two rods in the kingfish outrigger rod holders and one shotgun long with a sinker rubber banded on to keep it down. I have an autopilot on the boat so I set it toward home. I slow trolled the mullet and watch my baits. The seas were really laying down by about 2pm and over the next 2 hours I go 1/3 on sails (2/4 on the day), and catch a nice kingfish. I saw all the bites on the troll. I got a bit to quick on the draw with one sail.....open the bail....let him play with it.....ok now let him swalllow it...ok now close the bail.....wind slowly...let the circle hook do it's job... I am using 60lb test leaders with a 4" light wire tippet on the deep baits.
All the fish were caught btwn 165 and 210 outside 8 mile reef.
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