Went out for a quick evening trip. Arrived at one of our spots at 6:00PM had our limit by 7:30 great day. the Ball of Tails kept rising up behind the boat must of bin a thousand fish in the school. The sharks took a few but they where not as aggressive as usual had the first 15 fish in the boat in 30 minutes the last five took a little longer. No giants but all nice fish.
I drove over to horseshoe Saturday for a snapper/ grouper run. We arrived around 7am and used the ramp on Main Street. For once We weather was as forecasted. Going out we ran around 30-35. We had 2 bay boats that ran just off from us and they were running a little slower. Our first spot was at 60’ there were already 2 boats at this ridge but there was plenty of room for us all. As soon as we got on our # one of the boats moved off. The bottom was lit up solid with bait with larger fish around the bait. Nothing would bite, we tried frozen bait, pin fish, squid, shrimp. All we got was a few nibbles. We moved a few hundred feet to a rock on the top of the ridge, It had the perfect snapper wave coming off of it as soon as I dropped I got hit on the way down, it felt like a good snapper pulling hard, then something big grabbed it and broke me off. My wife did catch one grunt on squid. We spent about an hour in that area with not much else happening. We moved to another spot in 80’ the bottom machine was again lit up with fish everywhere, on the first drop my wife caught a good trigger fish and I pulled up a 18” red grouper. On the second drop I hooked a 24”snapper and got him to the boat. For the next hour or so we moved around the area the bite was very sporadic, we would go 20 min with nothing then we would have multiple hook up but very seldom could we get them to the boat. SHARKS. We started getting heads with no bodies. We tried several other spots with the same results, it was like the sharks were just waiting for a boat to pull up and feed them. We caught a 37” king on a flat line several big blue porgie, and a hand full of grunts, but could not get any grouper or snapper to the boat, if the fish you were putting up a fight the sharks would get it. We noticed another boat near us was having the same results. The ride back in was slick, with barley a ripple, just small rollers. It was nice to have a good weather window and be able to spend some time on the water. I heard from 2 other people that fished that they had a slow day but did end up with a decent catches.