YC 28th

Gonna make it quick...here is some midweek fish **** to get you through the day.

Fished the YC this past weekend. As usual, was fun and I continue to learn a little more each time. There was a few forum members, some that ive fished with before and a couple that I met for the first time (nice meeting you guys). Was a pretty good crew and plenty of ***** talking which made it fun. Fishing wasnt on fire, but there was fish to be caught. There wasnt huge quantities of fish being caught, but the quality was fantastic...plenty of big muttons and a couple nice groupers. We fished from 150ft to 275 ft, most of the time staying around 200ft, which I absolutely loved. I had a horrible start losing fish due to user error and then a couple of pulled hooks, also lost a king at the side of the boat...lets just say I stopped fishing at one point to gather myself. When it was all said and done I ended with 10 muttons, 1 genuine and 1 firetruck red (which does not look that big in the picture after seeing the muttons). As you notice, there are no photo tricks and no holding the fish out with my arms fully stretched like a lot of pictures I see on this forum :wink. Enjoy the pics

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  • bite my baitbite my bait Posts: 459 Deckhand
    Nice catch dude,those are definitely big boy mutts.i know what u mean about the photo tricks some its easier to judge a fishes weight when u hold him closer to your body and don't extend your arms.The mutton that you are holding by itself I'm guessing weighed 15 or 16 lbs......nice
  • danmanswagdanmanswag Posts: 515 Officer
    Nice catch dude,those are definitely big boy mutts.i know what u mean about the photo tricks some its easier to judge a fishes weight when u hold him closer to your body and don't extend your arms.The mutton that you are holding by itself I'm guessing weighed 15 or 16 lbs......nice

    ****, you're good! lol 15.8lbs

    its a great feeling when that slob hit the deck
  • PargitoPargito Posts: 48 Deckhand
    Nice fish and report glad to see a YC trip! Gotta love that slam on deck and sling into the totes lol

    Wonder why the YC pics never make it to the front page? :huh:

    Anyways...nice muttons fishing in 200ft in the tortugas is definitely a thing of beauty.
  • globalwavetrackerglobalwavetracker Posts: 237 Deckhand
    Nice chunky fish, 10 slobs is a decent w/e trip by my books and beat 20 mangs.
  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,663 Captain
    Nice job and some stud muttons for sure.
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,404 Officer
    Had fun fishing with you Danny. Too bad the wind kicked up and the bite shut down Saturday night. I thought we were gonna spank em but on well. It was like two different trips. First night and during the day Saturday it was greasy calm with manageable current. Saturday night current picked up and wind started blowing 20 kicking the seas up pretty good. Steady pick though most the trip. Had two pretty good bites one at Saturday sunrise and one during mid day. I ended up with 14 mutts and a couple ARS and a decent gag caught sunrise Sunday. Flyers were everywhere Friday night and I'm glad I took the time to catch a couple dozen big ones. They worked decent that first night. Another weird thing was even though I had fresh flyers and gogs I caught all my mutts during the daytime on frozen speedos. Go figure.
  • danmanswagdanmanswag Posts: 515 Officer
    Snaphappy wrote: »
    Had fun fishing with you Danny. Too bad the wind kicked up and the bite shut down Saturday night. I thought we were gonna spank em but on well. It was like two different trips. First night and during the day Saturday it was greasy calm with manageable current. Saturday night current picked up and wind started blowing 20 kicking the seas up pretty good. Steady pick though most the trip. Had two pretty good bites one at Saturday sunrise and one during mid day. I ended up with 14 mutts and a couple ARS and a decent gag caught sunrise Sunday. Flyers were everywhere Friday night and I'm glad I took the time to catch a couple dozen big ones. They worked decent that first night. Another weird thing was even though I had fresh flyers and gogs I caught all my mutts during the daytime on frozen speedos. Go figure.

    Go figure I caught most of my muttons on fresh ballyhoo...the rest probably on goggs. That one bite that Derrick "had to stop to check out" that he just happened to find was awesome, stud muttons coming over the rails non stop. Was crazy how that front pushed on top of us with the snap of a finger...just happy I got 2 more muttons in those conditions before I passed out. Nice fishing with you too, buddy. Hopefully see you out there sooner than later.
  • LitiGATORLitiGATOR Posts: 819 Officer
    Nice work Danny.

    One thing I've learned over the years, certain baits that work well at night, don't during the day. Flying fish is one of those baits. For something so absolutely deadly at night, I don't think I've ever caught a Mutton on flying fish during the day. My favorite daytime bait is a big fresh ballyhoo.
  • Reef BanditReef Bandit Posts: 997 Officer
    Muttons are a strange fish, I've seen them eat crabs like popcorn and then the next trip, they'll only eat something smelly. While it's hard to beat a live pinfish, I tend to bring a variety of baits, whatever is working is my bait of choice, I'm not proud. I will say that if given a choice, I'd rather have live bait during daylight hours and cut bait at night. I like grabbing a sack of shrimp boat trash as it has a dozen different types of bait at all times and you can't get any fresher unless it's live. For red snappers it's hard to beat a slab of kingfish or a butterflied runner, the more it stinks, the more they like it. Just my thoughts.

    Nice catch

    Hammer
  • 06scoob06scoob Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    Nice fish guys, I need to make one of these trips some day. And just out of curiosity I keep seeing you guys say your using flying fish as bait, how the hell do you catch them? lol
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,404 Officer
    06scoob wrote: »
    Nice fish guys, I need to make one of these trips some day. And just out of curiosity I keep seeing you guys say your using flying fish as bait, how the hell do you catch them? lol

    Most use long handled shrimp nets. Some use small cast nets.
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    You can drive yourself crazy with bait, nice haul though..enough for dinner for sure!
    Capt Bill
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,404 Officer
    Anybody heard how the fishing was over the weekend three day trip? I kinda figured we would of seen a report by now...Art hint hint
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 819 Officer
    My bad! I have a broke boat and am trying to get things in order. I found this.

    More later.

    Actually it was a fun trip in spite of a few setbacks. With a light group of anglers on board everyone had a great time!
    Fishing was a pick at every spot during the first half of the trip with some large size Muttons coming over the rail. A few highlights... two nice Cobias and my first ever Tiger shark! Brought to the side of boat and released unharmed, it was a "different" fight, after hook up on the bottom it came up all the way to the surface where it proceeded to fight for the entire time with dorsal and rear fin sticking out of the water, so from a distance we had no idea what it was ... beautiful fish with very dark tiger stripes! Personally, I injured my right knee when my rod was on the rod holder and the clicker went off screaming and I made a wrong move and then heard a popping sound followed by a loud " I f ---ed upmy knee " LOL ... so I limped and *****ed the rest of the trip but NOW I'm ready to go to Pulley Ridge since that was the ONLY thing in my mind after it happened. The second half of the trip we lost hydraulic power for the anchor pulley so Capt. Greg made lemonade out of lemons and we drift fished the rest of the trip and quite frankly it was quite productive with red grouper, strawberries, rockhind, yellowtails and some 5-8 lb. Muttons in the mix. Gracefully Capt. Greg rewarded everyone with a partial credit for a future trip!

    Read more: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?108418-BEYOND-THE-DRY-TORTUGAS-BANKS/page23#ixzz2ZzVoeAfZ
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,404 Officer
    Thanks Greg. Sucks about the hydraulics hope it isn't too bad a repair.
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,404 Officer
    I just clicked the link and realized that was a reply to me asking earlier how the trip went. I've never been accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed. Great job capt making making the most of the trip!
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 819 Officer
    Snaphappy wrote: »
    Thanks Greg. Sucks about the hydraulics hope it isn't too bad a repair.

    Well I had to drive to Tampa to start to find the right parts.........................
  • dolfanjoeydolfanjoey Posts: 1,166 Officer
    great report and nice size fish
  • cudamancudaman Kendal LakesPosts: 404 Deckhand
    Great report and nice fish. Love it when people have their elbows next to their body while holding a fish for a pic, it makes for easier size comparison.
  • danmanswagdanmanswag Posts: 515 Officer
    just went on the YC and saw the possibility of an October ARS season, pretty stoked about that

    /looks like I'll be back in October

    //keep us posted Captain!
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