7/4 -7/5 Key Largo Dolphin / Deep dropping rosies

Hey there everyone, mostly post in the SW section but figured I'll give it a shot here as well. We headed down to Key Largo on Friday early in the AM, and launch out of Pennekamp. Worked our way out to about 400' when we started putting our lines out. Scattered weeds made it a relatively tough day. We picked up a nice cow on a blue/white chugger in 600'. Trolled around out to 800' and found nothing. Decided to finally try some deep dropping, this would be our first official time. We find some nice live bottom in 770' and figured lets drop! We set up a drift, and put down some bonita chunks. First pull up 3 roses, we were ecstatic! We did two more drops with 3 rosies each time. Afterward we continued to troll and found a nice log in 650'. This was loaded with schoolies, most of them were right at 20" but we landed 5 that were 22"+. Many were thrown back to get bigger :cool:



Around 5pm we decided to call it a day and go clean up. Took our rosies over to Sharkeys back by Marina Del Mar, and had it blackened with a house salad, DELICIOUS! Sharkeys is our favorite place to eat down there.

The next morning Saturday the 5th, we filled up the livewell with some pin's from the grassflats in South sound creek. Headed offshore to look for more phins, but no luck. Trolled a variety of baits, ballyhoo, lures, feathers, etc. Worked a few pods of frigates tossing pins but no takers nor any dolphin to be seen. We figured, lets go deep drop some more, the previous day the current was ripping at 5mph. On saturday it was only 2.5 max of 3 mph, and it was perfect. First drop with squid revealed two rosies! Next few drops were misses, and then I decided to drop one down for myself. Marked the area, and landed spot on. As soon as the bonita chunks got near the bottom, the rod went TAP TAP DOUBLED OVER. I put the reel into overdrive and got it off the bottom. 15 minutes later, and a sight I was happy yet sad to see. A monster golden tile with a second smaller one.. :banghead :banghead Those who target these know that they're closed until Jan 1st 2015. This was our second time deep dropping, never knew we would find the species that many wish to get.. We had to watch the big guy float away, tears in our eyes as such a magnificent fish dies. That GT measured 43" total length. After that we did not drop down another bait, as we do not want to kill another one.. Jan 1st comes, they will be on our plates!

Until next report, tight lines!

-Chris
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  • Drewvale21Drewvale21 Posts: 324 Deckhand
    Wow nice tile. Sucks thag you can't keep them when they are going to die anyways... Makes No sense! Good call by not fishing at that spot again, wouldn't want to kill anymore of them. Good job
  • ranger350ranger350 Posts: 112 Officer
    Veikx wrote: »
    Hey there everyone, mostly post in the SW section but figured I'll give it a shot here as well. We headed down to Key Largo on Friday early in the AM, and launch out of Pennekamp. Worked our way out to about 400' when we started putting our lines out. Scattered weeds made it a relatively tough day. We picked up a nice cow on a blue/white chugger in 600'. Trolled around out to 800' and found nothing. Decided to finally try some deep dropping, this would be our first official time. We find some nice live bottom in 770' and figured lets drop! We set up a drift, and put down some bonita chunks. First pull up 3 roses, we were ecstatic! We did two more drops with 3 rosies each time. Afterward we continued to troll and found a nice log in 650'. This was loaded with schoolies, most of them were right at 20" but we landed 5 that were 22"+. Many were thrown back to get bigger :cool:



    Around 5pm we decided to call it a day and go clean up. Took our rosies over to Sharkeys back by Marina Del Mar, and had it blackened with a house salad, DELICIOUS! Sharkeys is our favorite place to eat down there.

    The next morning Saturday the 5th, we filled up the livewell with some pin's from the grassflats in South sound creek. Headed offshore to look for more phins, but no luck. Trolled a variety of baits, ballyhoo, lures, feathers, etc. Worked a few pods of frigates tossing pins but no takers nor any dolphin to be seen. We figured, lets go deep drop some more, the previous day the current was ripping at 5mph. On saturday it was only 2.5 max of 3 mph, and it was perfect. First drop with squid revealed two rosies! Next few drops were misses, and then I decided to drop one down for myself. Marked the area, and landed spot on. As soon as the bonita chunks got near the bottom, the rod went TAP TAP DOUBLED OVER. I put the reel into overdrive and got it off the bottom. 15 minutes later, and a sight I was happy yet sad to see. A monster golden tile with a second smaller one.. :banghead :banghead Those who target these know that they're closed until Jan 1st 2015. This was our second time deep dropping, never knew we would find the species that many wish to get.. We had to watch the big guy float away, tears in our eyes as such a magnificent fish dies. That GT measured 43" total length. After that we did not drop down another bait, as we do not want to kill another one.. Jan 1st comes, they will be on our plates!

    Until next report, tight lines!

    -Chris

    That is why I will not DD deeper then 600 when GTs are out.Getting a few rosies is not worth killing a GT.That is a nice GT.
  • Lucky7Team2Lucky7Team2 Posts: 6,794 Officer
    Fillet and release! :banana
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    Duplicate post.
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  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    We are not happy with killing that GT, I had no intention of even catching one.. Hell I wish I could control what fish came on the end of the line. This was our second day deep dropping ever..

    I'd never risk my boat or tens of thousands of dollar worth of fines for a few filets..
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  • ranger350ranger350 Posts: 112 Officer
    I was just speaking for me,hell I have done the same thing more times then I care to admit.That is why I stopped DD deeper then 600 when GTs are out.Kills me to let it float away.Like I said,that is a nice GT.
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    Gotcha! I guess I took a little offense, sorry! Regulations on deep water fish are somewhat ridiculous... It's not like releasing a sword that can swim back, these guys don't have an air bladder to my knowledge.

    What else is there to DD inside of 600'?
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  • copout@castaways[email protected] Posts: 5,779 Admiral
    Blue line tiles are legal & you should be able to find them in 400-600'.

    IM inbound.
  • INTREPID377INTREPID377 Posts: 3,737 Captain
    Nice trip guys and there is no doubt you did the right thing every step of the way. Congratulations on that!!
  • wellcraftwellcraft Posts: 1,333 Officer
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  • dave sdave s Posts: 70 Greenhorn
    You can release those Tiles.
    I put an upside down J hook, no barb, on my dd rig or on another setup, with a heavy weight and send it back down. Once they're down, stop the reel and they will shake off.
  • rgambotzrgambotz Posts: 224 Deckhand
    Nice Tile and definitely a shame
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,408 Officer
    dave s wrote: »
    You can release those Tiles.
    I put an upside down J hook, no barb, on my dd rig or on another setup, with a heavy weight and send it back down. Once they're down, stop the reel and they will shake off.

    Interesting. Not sure on the mortality rate but definitely better than when they float away.
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    I see, didn't think of that.. I would have imagined that coming up from the depths that quickly would rupture their internal organs.
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  • HooksettHooksett Posts: 65 Greenhorn
    Fishing regulations are so confusing these days. This is the latest fishing regs and it says that you can keep one GT per harvester. You are a private fishing vessel? You could have kept both GTs if you and someone else had a fishing license. This is what I read on the 2014 fishing regulations handbook. And I will post up the pdf file, it is on page 12 (?) this info. Like I said it is confusing to keep up.
    Tilefish, Golden  ●
    Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
    ••Atlantic - 1 per harvester
    ••Gulf - 4 per harvester
    Remarks
    ••Golden tilefish included within Atlantic and Gulf
    Grouper aggregate bag limits
    ••Atlantic: Zero daily bag and possession limit for
    captain and crew on for-hire vessels
    http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/14FLSWJuly_LR.pdf
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    Sucks about the tiles, but you did the right thing. For only your 1st time out, you guys did great, so that should be your takeaway. There are many more tiles like that down there, and that was only one spot, so it's okay. Same thing happens to us during the warm summer months hauling our big seine nets. The fish don't do well in low oxygen, warm water, and some unfortunately do not make it.
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    Hooksett wrote: »
    Fishing regulations are so confusing these days. This is the latest fishing regs and it says that you can keep one GT per harvester. You are a private fishing vessel? You could have kept both GTs if you and someone else had a fishing license. This is what I read on the 2014 fishing regulations handbook. And I will post up the pdf file, it is on page 12 (?) this info. Like I said it is confusing to keep up.
    Tilefish, Golden  ●
    Daily Recreational Bag Limit:
    ••Atlantic - 1 per harvester
    ••Gulf - 4 per harvester
    Remarks
    ••Golden tilefish included within Atlantic and Gulf
    Grouper aggregate bag limits
    ••Atlantic: Zero daily bag and possession limit for
    captain and crew on for-hire vessels
    http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/14FLSWJuly_LR.pdf


    The Noaa Sero office announced a closure on golden tilefish on June 6 or 7th 2014. The best way to check regs is the fish rules app. They show a closure in federal waters. I remember seeing it in another forum because they announced the closure two days before it would happen.

    We will be back at it come January.

    What's everyone's favorite depth for silkies?
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