Yankee Capts Pulley Ridge 05/24-26/14

Sorry that this is a little late. I had to fight computer and photobucket issues.

I was finally getting to go on a Pulley Ridge deep drop trip after waiting nearly a year. With the boat departing at 8pm on the 23rd I figured I should leave a couple hours early for the normal 6 hour drive because of the holiday weekend traffic. Traffic turned out to be quite light and I was the first to arrive around mid-afternoon. Coming home woud be another story. (more on that later.)


Pretty soon others on the trip started to arrive and an impressive amount of tackle, coolers and equipment started to pile up on the dock. Capt Greg arrived and soon after gave the go ahead to start loading. The next couple hours were spent checking tackle, getting extra ice and last minute goodies, or hanging out at the Hogfish Grill. Their lobster bisque is quite good by the way.

I was glad to see that quite a few anglers were using the Diawa Tanacom 1000 as I was or the Tanacom Bull 1000. I was using a 7' Star 50H which worked but was a little on the stiff side. Next time I will go with something a little lighter. There was one brave angler who did quite well hand cranking. Cudaman also did quite a bit of jigging. In the deep water both are way too much work for me.


Finally the 8 oclock hour rolled around it it was time to leave. Most everyone hit the bunks for the 12 hour ride to the fishing grounds so they would be rested and ready to go in the morning.

Saturday morning we reached our destination and started our first drift about 9 am. Fish started coming up immediately, I got a black edge snapper (I believe thats what its called) and the next drop brought a decient Queen snapper up. The fishing was almost constant the rest of the day. There were red groupers, blueline tiles, snowy grouper, yellow edge grouper, mystic groupers caught steadily during the day. There were also 10-12 mahi-mahi caught as they came around the boat. As day turned into night Greg moved the boat up on top of the ridge and drifted in approximately 200 ft. The main catches were blackfin tuna, red grouper and mutton snapper.

I have to give Cudaman credit for allowing me to use the "fish" pictures he posted on his blog "http://www.cudamanadventures.com"; Though I vowed I would take more pictures this trip, as usual I got caught up in the fishing and took very few.



Yellow edge Grouper


Black Fin


Mutton Snapper


Red grouper


Blue Line Tile


Snowy Grouper




About 5 pm on Sunday Capt Greg announced that we were out of ice and needed to head in. Before we all headed for the bunks for the ride in Joe (Otown Joe) prepared a feast of fresh black fin sashimi with a killer dipping sauce on the rear deck


I think they need a bigger tote for the mahi. I lost track of the number of totes around 28.



Joe with his pool winning mahi-mahi.


Hats off to Capt Greg and crew for doing their normal outstanding job to make the trip a success and as enjoyable as possible. So another Yankee Capt adventure is in the books.

I alsmost forgot the ride home. It was just the opposite of the trip down, stop and go all the way to Florida City. Took me nearly 4 hours more than normal to get home.


  • cudamancudaman Kendal LakesPosts: 404 Deckhand
    Nice report Bob. :beer

    It was a pleasure to be out there fishing with all of you.
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Excellent report...thanks for taking the time to put it together
    Capt Bill
  • bite my baitbite my bait Posts: 459 Deckhand
    Nice report.thanks for writing.how did u like the daiwa tanacon 1000?
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,861 Moderator
    Super trip to a special place.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • TavernierGuyTavernierGuy Posts: 917 Officer
    Very nice. Love reading these reports.
  • jakedgejakedge Posts: 1,303 Officer
    Nice report.thanks for writing.how did u like the daiwa tanacon 1000?
    Good question. I'm close to pulling the trigger on one and would like to hear how it worked out fo you.
  • XafXaf Posts: 1,039 Officer
    I was quite happy with the Tanacom 1000, especially since I got it at a 20% discount. My local tackle shop was having a store wide 20% off sale the week they came in. Since I have never used an electric reel I don't have anything to compare it to but there was a Mega Twin to my left and a Tanacom Bull 1000 to my right and I did not observe any difference in performance. There was a little bit of a learning curve getting used to the controls but once I figured it out I had no problems.
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,665 Captain
    thanks for the report. great catching

  • cameron sleepcameron sleep Posts: 515 Officer
    Great report! Wish I was there. Noting compares to a Pulley Ridge trip!
  • Mutton MarkMutton Mark Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    What are you using to power your Tanacom 1000? Has anyone tried a jump box?
  • XafXaf Posts: 1,039 Officer
    I used a big deep cycle marine battery that weighs a ton. It lasted through two days of use without recharging. I have a "jump box" that I use at home to put line on the reel, check out the operation of the reel etc. but have no idea how long it would last. It would depend on the size, cranking amps, etc. of the jump box.
  • Mutton MarkMutton Mark Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    thanks for the info, I am going to try one. I bought a Tanacom 750 and will be on the July 4th trip
  • XafXaf Posts: 1,039 Officer
    What spot are you fishing? I think I am on spot 18. Anyone else from the forum on the trip on July 4?
  • duke6543duke6543 Posts: 336 Deckhand
    Impressive list of different species caught. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
  • Mutton MarkMutton Mark Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    Xaf wrote: »
    What spot are you fishing? I think I am on spot 18. Anyone else from the forum on the trip on July 4?
  • cudamancudaman Kendal LakesPosts: 404 Deckhand
    Great report! Wish I was there. Noting compares to a Pulley Ridge trip!

    You are correct Cameron, these are one hell of a meat trip. If you want fish for 6 months this is the trip. Have to love the variety and you not only get to use an electric reel all day you also get to fish top water day and night plus regular bottom fish at night like you normally would on any tugas trip. Got to love it!
  • OtownjoeOtownjoe Posts: 56 Greenhorn
    I will be in spot 27. Hope we fill all the boxes early so we can get back and beat the traffic.
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 893 Officer
    Otownjoe wrote: »
    I will be in spot 27. Hope we fill all the boxes early so we can get back and beat the traffic.

    Well if everyone listens to our instructions it certainly can happen. Lets hope this is the group.

    Last trip I had a guy tell me "Hey Greg, fishing is about figuring things out". I said "I have made all the mistakes for you so there is no reason for you to do it again. If you continue to fish the way you are your going to continue to tangle people, not catch anything and continue to frustrate those around you with the junk you brought. " Well it took him 5 hours to get with the program. He spent hundreds of dollars of stuff he lost or got chopped up in tangles. Soon as he fished with the right stuff he was in the game. Guess what? His cooler started to fill up.

    I just don't get it with people. You would rather listen to someone who has never been on this type of trip? Or worse yet one of the "Internet Fishing Experts"? It is very simple. Deviate from the recommended program and suffer the consequences. Hopefully you won't impede the angeles around you. Thats not fair to them. You can only imagine the stuff I see people bring.

    Questions? I am always available. Rant over.

  • XafXaf Posts: 1,039 Officer
    What Greg said! It gets so frustrating when you keep getting tangled with the same guy over and over because he won't listen.
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