A bit of a late report, however here it is! Saturday morning we woke up for some 5 knot weather, thinking every brother and their mother would be headed out we left Punta Rassa at 6 am to beat the crowd to the local wrecks. We stopped and netted a few dozen pilchards at the Causeway bridge but booked to to go sabiki up a couple hard tails for the Aj's and grouper. By 7:30 we were headed to the Fantastico, 40 mph we were there and the only boat all day. Wind and current cooperated with us and managed to get set up immediately the first time. In went a couple ladles of our secret chum and the fish were behind the boat almost instantly. First came up some nice size mangs, but they were awfully skid dish, and left shortly. 5-10 minutes go by before the yellowtail were up in the slick and very hungry. For those targeting Aj's I recommend bringing the heavier tackle as some of those reef donkeys were in the mid 40-50 lbs; they were more of a nuisance for eating our yellowtail than the cuda's were. We almost hit our limit, but sadly ran out of chum. We booked it south for some red grouper, pulled up three right around 22-23" not the biggest, but the best tasting for sure. And Glenn Novotny caught an impressive 40"+ gag which was released. This puppy weighed in the 25-30 lb range. Saved the spot and hopefully will be the winning grouper for Grouper Grab 2013!
A beautiful flat calm day, we headed back to the dock and started filleting fish past sunset.
Thanks guys. We're headed down to fish off Key Largo tomorrow. The sailfish bite has been supposedly great and so has the reef bite. If anyone is headed out of here offshore, make sure you bring plenty of chum. Anchor up current from any major wreck and you will catch fish. On the 8th according to the fishing almanac it was a two star day, turned out to be a 4 star day.
Ill post up a report, Im not sure yet about which section though; this one or post it in the keys section.