Offshore Variety with a Bonus Sighting

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    Offshore Variety with a Bonus Sighting

    With the recent winds, we wanted to wait a few days until the water cleared up. My cousin Tan wanted to show some east coast friends what it was like to fish on our side of the state. We loaded up with lots of live shrimp, white bait, and frozen sardines. Great day to be out on the water...overcast clouds, slight breeze, small chop. Mystery sighting of the day: As we were going out, Tan spotted a sailfish...he said it popped its bill and sail out of the water while chasing bait. That would have been a cool sight, considering we were only in about 50-60' and 20 mi out. We got to our first spot in 65'. Gene was the first to drop down a shrimp and gets railed on his light tackle setup. The fish kept digging and running all over the boat. After a tough fight, we netted a nice 35" cobia. I had to rerig so many types as I was getting torn apart from some toothy critters. Eventually, we were able to start landing them...nice sized Spanish macks (our underwater footage showed a huge school below us). Tan got hammered...and his rod/reel were put through the test with a 25-30# smoker king. It ran him ragged and he needed a beer after it beat him up a bit. haha

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    Rich and I started to fill the fish bag with delicious mangoes and mackerals. Once the current shifted, we decided to hit another spot that normally had hogs. No luck this time...but we did manage some nice African Pompanos and my 2nd ever flag yellowtail. Rich and Gene were really impressed with all the types of fish we caught. Thank goodness! haha

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    body bag count: 20 mango snappers, 15 spanish macks, 1 king, 1 cobia, 1 yellowtail, 1 bar jack...released tons of grouper (gag, red, scamp), triggers, african pomps

    Equipment:
    Reels: 4000 - 5000 spinning reels
    Rod: 7' Med Light - Med - Heavy
    Line: 20# braid line, 14-20# leader
    Bait: live shrimp, white bait, frozen sardines

    Location: 20-25 west of PAG
    Bottom: rock piles

    Weather:
    Seas: 1-2'
    Wind: 7-10 kt West
    Air Temp: 74
    Water Temp: 70
    Clarity: 20'

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    Nicely done! What does PAG stand for?

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    PAG = Pass-A-Grille

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    My buddy said they saw a sailfish out near the whistler during KOTB this weekend as well. Good job on getting out and catching 'm up...
    In Loving Memory of James Zielske, January 19, 1957-July 5, 2013

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    Nice Mix

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    What a great mixed bag, nice job on the snaps.

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    Great catch guys. Way to show those east coast fellows how we do it. Why didn't you keep any red grp? or scamps?

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    Thanks guys! Out of all the groupers we had, all were short but one 24" gag. I wish I had a look at the sail. I wasn't paying attention and missed out. That woulda been a cool sight to see.

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    Nice African Pompano, too bad it was too small, that is a GREAT tasting fish...
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    Nicely done guys! That's a great mixed bag there (literally).

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