S.L.I. Not Many Sails, But Plenty of Action, Good Pictures, and Saw a Mako or Sword
Today I fished with Capt. Jimmy (Ace), Brad, Stan, and Scott for the third day in a row targeting sails. Yesterday was way slow and we only did a ĺ day with the last hour focusing on the bottom and reefs for Amber Jacks and Cobia. We caught a few AJs but no cobia that day. Today we had sails on the mind again, but after spending pretty much all day with the kites up and only jumping one sailfish off, catching a dolphin, losing a dolphin, and having a ton of kingfish and shark bites we went back to the bottom. Even though we didnít catch the sail, we did get a few pictures of it. And we did manage to land a few of the kings even though we were using mono leaders.
The bottom took a few stops to find the spot where we wanted to be, but when we found it , it was game on.
We were sending down the biggest live baits we had, and the boys were getting walloped. Huge AJs had this spot overrun and none of the guys could stop the fish. We had four or five on and all of them broke us off except for a 20 pounder that we let go.
Judging by the way the lost fish fought they were considerably larger then the one we caught. The coolest part of the day was when either a Mako, or a swordfish ate a bait that I took off the hook and tossed in the water. It came up and ate a big blue runner that a king had just killed. I only saw it out of the corner of my eye, but it was a bright blue dorsal fin and tail, that thrashed on the surface right next to the boat. Watching the kings skyrocket on our baits over and over again was pretty cool too. Iíve always wanted to take pictures of them airing it out, so now I have them.
Looks like the crew will be back in a few weeks hoping for some cooler weather which will push a new body of sails down.
Best depth was in 110 feet, where we saw the most kings, had a 10 or 12 pound dolphin on and jumped off the sail too. We also had a loggerhead turtle chasing our live bait all over the place and every time we lifted it out of the water, the turtle would pop his head up to see where it went, (pretty funny). There was not much current and the wind fell out a bunch in the afternoon, which made the drift fishing over the bottom pretty easy once we found a good spot.
I hope you guys have a good day out there tomorrow, talk to you then.
Keep it tight
can't get them every day, but you got some sweet pics of the kings airing out for sure! and one time i went out with a few buddies and one of them wasn't paying attention to his kite bait and he had a big loggerhead come up and eat it, did not see the bite so we thought it was something nice and we got up and down on it and saw it was a big turtle about 40 feet down. it was unfortunate but funny for me because i watched