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1/29 - PBI North - Few Sails, not the bite we expected

This year's strange season continues. After watching the Loran Tower/Jupiter boats beat on the fish consistently I made the executive decision to take the ***-beating and run my Contender twenty miles north into the fierce North wind.

On board was Captain Harry of the Charterboat Breakwater from Montauk, NY, so I knew he was willing to deal with it. Harry is responsible for making the "Offshore Harry Sportfishing" marlin lures that have caught most of my marlin in the last five years. Seas were smaller than expected given the 25 KT winds in the morning, which immediately told me we would find a South current. And we did. It was tough getting the two kites up in that wind but we managed and put a couple flats out as well. By 10 am the winds would begin their slow decline making the day get nicer as time went on.

Fishing was painfully slow. We heard a few boats picking a couple fish off Juno but decided to wait them out. Just north of Jupiter Inlet we would get our first bite. He gently ate the left long kite and as soon as we came tight he was airborne, charging north. He crossed the short kite then proceeded to cross both flat lines on the other side leaving lines in the water all over between us and the fish. Forced to fight him dead boat, it was going smoothly until it suddenly went limp. We unceremoniuosly pulled the hook!

An hour later we would see a fish attack another long kite bait and go airborne immediately. Pulled that hook before we even came tight. As afternoon moved in on us we were off Juno and watched a couple fish caught around us. It seemed like only 2 or 3 boats of the 10 around us were picking away and we weren't one of them. Convinced today wasn't our day, we began the process of slowly bringing in our baits. After the first kite was put away another long kite bait was engulfed by an aggressive fish. This time I was on it and dumped it to him before he could feel us. Moments later we were tight and while the fish battled valiantly, ten minutes later he was boatside and set free. So we finished our day 1/3 on sails but know a couple boats ended with 4 or 5 fish although there was a mix of boats from 0-8 bites.

That would be our signal to head home. No pictures today. With the rough morning we had locked the phones away in the waterproof box and the GoPro was deemed the cause of the slow fishing and put away :wink.


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