Decided to take a solo trip this weekend to clear my head a bit and get my fix in. I launched the boat at the house and head toward the inlet to a brisk cool morning.
Tried all the normal bait spots, but only picked up some blue runners and horn bellies. I decided to see what the bottom could hold as I couldn’t find the preferred baits. Lots of throwbacks and smalls, but did manage one nice Porgy to give to the wife when I got home. Seas were flat calm and I could run wide open no problem offshore. I ran out to 600 with only one piece of weed so I fished it and came up with the shark. I stopped at a few more spots on the way back with nothing to show for it.
On the way in I thought I spotted some porpoise so I head in for a closer look. Nope, HUGE Ray cruising the surface with about 5 Cobia in tow. I throw everything I have at this guy and couldn’t get a bite. We seemed to play you chase me, I’ll chase you for over 45 minutes. I tried every bait I had, but they weren’t having it. Decided to call it quits with some pretty cool video.
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I love a good solo trip every now and again. Brings me back down to early and rids me of stress, but I sure felt it when nobody would bite.
Thanks buddy!!! Definitely an awesome experience. Glad I had the camea to capture it. I should have taken some under water shots, but was too focused on trying to get a bite before the ray left.
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I know I got darn close with that cast. I think after 45 minutes of me plunking lures around him he was done and took off.
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Thank you Sir!!!
Thanks, it was definitely Lake Atlantic out there. Don't you love it when you clear the inlet to calm seas!!!!!
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We were in the Contender that circled you at Tetra, we didn't want to push in on you since it is such a small spot. We finally found some fish in 180', everything inside was that was dead or loaded with small seabass.
Thanks. How's the new job working out for ya?
Thank you Sir. I saw the pic of the little one with the Stella. Very cool Dad!!!!!
Yup sounds we saw the same guy. I will most definitely be looking into a pole spear at the very least for situations like this.
Yea, I wasn't finding much action in shallow, a lot of smalls and garbage fish. Feel free to hit me up and let me know how you guys are making out. I am always willing to share info on bait, good bottom, rips,... anything. Two boats searching is always better than one. I may be 30 ft. off on a drift and we could both get dialed in.
Cobia are weird. Very inquisitive too. We would find them at the rigs in Tx, a lot of times they wouldn't bite or come off the rig legs but if you make a bunch of noise they'll sometimes come check you out. More than once we caught them by slapping the sides of the boat and they'd come off the rig and follow us and we'd get a shot.
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Looked like a beautiful day. Bo and I just got back and did get 1 nice Wahoo but not another knock down.
Nice effort and thanks for the video!
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How have you been??? Thanks for the post. I remember last time we ran into each other you were getting the bottom redone on your Jupiter. I bet she is looking NICCCCEEEEEE!!!!!!
Any time, there's really no trick to it. Print off the local charts that have the reefs marked on them, motor around til the screen lights up with fish, drop chicken rig with squid, and bam reel up the fish. Some days are more productive than others and I am branching out with larger gear and baits to dial in the grouper once the season opens back up.
I hope all is well buddy!! Yea a solo spearing venture would definitely been a bit risky, but with seas the way they were and no current, I probably would have been ok.
Thanks for the tip, that's what this place is all about. The ray was in 100 ft NE of SLI.
Like the others suggested a speargun would be key, but solo its not a good idea to get out of the boat, lots of horror stories because of that.
I've done it plenty of times in nice condition but I would always tie the anchor line to my waist (without the anchor obviously), so I'm always attatched to the boat and have a couple hundred feet of line to roam on.
you gotta get those cobes going...:Rockon
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