Xmas eve Dania report
Paddled out from the pier just after sunrise to beautiful weather. Tried to make bait with no luck. Decided to troll a rapala out to the blue water and jig. Got a 10-12" bonita on the jig in about 250' of water and put him on the bait rod and continued to paddle. No luck after paddling around the zone (5 charter boats and several other kayakers) for about an hour. Decided to keep that bait out flat and jig again. Got a blue runner and a large triggerfish. I kept the trigger for dinner. Decided to paddle around again so I thought I should check the bonita if it had any life left in it. On the retrieve I got picked up and took it out of gear for a moment before I set the hook. Line peeled for about 15 seconds before it came loose. I reeled in half a bonita. I assume a large shark due to it feeling like I had hooked a container ship heading in the opposite direction. Headed back towards shore trolling a skirted bonita strip and the rapala. Nothing. Decided to fish the inshore reef to salvage some fillets to bring home. I caught a mixd bag of reef fish, but not the right kind. It was a really nice day to be on the water. Merry Xmas.