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SLI Snapper SUPER SLAM & Mixed Bag 9.26.16

B..E...A... Utiful day on the water. Fishing with Mr. Daiwa and Mrs. Diggity to try our luck on bottom fishing.
Spent most of the day at the Loran ledge and 6 mile reef area outside of Stuart. .10 knot drift south at Loran. .5 knot SW at 6 mile, so tough fishing. Terrible water quality at Loran prolly from SLI. Went 4/7 on Kings on the flat line dead sardines, only one keeper for the smoker. Had a 20+ class Cuda sky rocket 5-6' after being hooked up... Great fight!
Then the snappers...Had to work through Grunts, Blue Runners and sharks, but ended up with a beautiful Genuine Red, that I spent 10 minutes reviving hanging off the back of the boat, Muttons, Yellowtail, Vermillions, Mangrove and Lanes. Also got a huge Margate and a couple Almacos. Leon was hell-bound on getting his muttons throughout the day, which he succeeded with 30 minutes left of the day. Wifey took care of all the smaller snapper species and Leon got all the big ones. I just kicked back and watched them reel!

Bait report - Huge schools of pilchards just inside of Evans and Loran... I mean thousands... Didn't bring the sabiki this time of course.

All in all, great company, sore arms and now a beer in hand.



  • Hook N UpHook N Up Posts: 188 Officer
    Looked like a great day out there with rod bending action and thanks for the bait report.

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  • e-moneye-money Posts: 4,258 Captain
    Nice mixed bag
    USCG Freelance Licensed Captain
    20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
    (I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
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  • Fool's GoldFool's Gold Posts: 169 Deckhand
    Nice mix....I fish up in the central region and noticed your Alamco's...unless territory is different those are closed...not trying to be a downer but don't want somebody get a ticket for no knowing either...

    •CLOSED, effective August 9, 2016. The fishery will reopen January 1, 2017.
    •Size Limit: None
    •Trip Limit: Included in 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day
    •Season: None
    •Regulatory Remarks:
  • Diggity6186Diggity6186 Posts: 150 Deckhand
    Nice mix....I fish up in the central region and noticed your Alamco's...unless territory is different those are closed...not trying to be a downer but don't want somebody get a ticket for no knowing either...

    •CLOSED, effective August 9, 2016. The fishery will reopen January 1, 2017.
    •Size Limit: None
    •Trip Limit: Included in 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day
    •Season: None
    •Regulatory Remarks:

    Thanks for the info... Is that accurate other members? If so, at what point does FWC attempt to let us know? I pay pretty close attention to the notifications, and have not seen this. I just looked up the details and can't find a restriction.
  • Fool's GoldFool's Gold Posts: 169 Deckhand
    I am not an expert by no means, but I believe the FWC rules are only in 3 miles and less....the SAFMC governs everything else. You being in SFL , 3 miles might be ok, but where we are at it would not. SAFMC has an app you can down load that we have to look at almost every trip for all there changes. You can also sign up for email updates when they change something which is weekly. Like I said don't want to be a downer but don't want somebody not purposely breaking the rules to get a ticket.
  • Diggity6186Diggity6186 Posts: 150 Deckhand
    What am I missing here?... straight from SAFMC
    Jack, Almaco

    SAFMC Regulations
    Recreational Size Limit: None
    Recreational Bag Limit: Included in 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day
    Recreational Season: None
    Recreational Remarks:
    Included in the Other Snapper Grouper Complex Species: 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit - There is an aggregate bag limit of 20 fish per person inclusive of all fish in the snapper grouper complex currently not under a bag limit, excluding tomtate and blue runner. This means you may catch your bag limits and additionally retain up to 20 other fish for which there is no bag limit.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degress N. latitude.
    The sale of bag-limit caught snapper grouper species is prohibited.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. For current information on recreational ACLs, visit

    Commercial Size Limit: OPEN, effective January 1, 2016; Otherwise, none

    Commercial Trip Limit: OPEN, effective January 1, 2016; Otherwise, no trip limit.

    Commercial Quotas:
    OPEN, effective January 1, 2016;
  • BacDocBacDoc Posts: 704 Officer
    Hey bro, I feel your pain!

    Most of us are law abiding and have no intention to poach. If you are like most of us that work, have family and maybe kids, our time to actually have a spare day or few hours to fish is very limited. To that add weather and sea conditions and most recreational anglers are lucky to get out a couple times a month even if fishing is your major hobby. You get the regs at beginning of the year, you check the forums for fish reports and try to keep up with latest regs. Sometimes it all comes together and you get to fish a few times and sometimes finances, personal or family commitments or bad stretch of weather keeps you from getting out for a couple months. Maybe you have motor or electrical issues, time goes on. Do you really spend 30 minutes or more to google latest regs on all species and print it out(can't remember all this!) so you can reference it on your boat if you are actually lucky enough to land something?

    You finally get decent weather, some time to spare, the boat and motor have no issues and you get to fish! If you get lucky and boat some fish you want to keep you check your FWC booklet you got beginning of year and maybe the FWC phone app and think catch is good.

    As far as regs go the jacks are among the worst, Almaco, lesser Amberjack, Amberjack, bar Jack etc. unless you actually catch all of these species and see the diff frequently, it is hard to tell for most. Then you have the porgies! Snapper and grouper are better but I've seen FWC officers that can't identify some species.

    As far as the updates from South Atlantic Marine Fisheries, I have tried to read thru those and they can be really confusing and I scored well on graduate record exams and most standardized testing! Group zones, state/federal waters (fed over rules state unless otherwise specified, what?) and the usual wording of these updates is anything but clear. i understand the need for regs but they have to make it more understandable from the public perspective.

    Anyway, nice catch bro and there is some good eating there! Thanks for posting.
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,110 Captain
    Nice mixed bag for sure. Yea, its a PITA to keep up with the regs and I'll be honest have been informed a time or two on closures that I was not aware of. It happens, the best we can do is put in the due diligence and check the websites we know before going out. I regularly check the NOAA Annual Catch limit site for the most up to date info.

    Regardless, great work out there. I truely enjoy the bottom fishing out of SLI, especially when everyone says there are no good bottom spots north of Jupiter.
  • Mr BreezeMr Breeze Posts: 59 Greenhorn
    South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Conserving and managing America's fisheries from three to 200 miles off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

    Open in state waters out to 3 miles from shore
    My phone app says no size or bag limit , but not sure if that is accurate
  • Diggity6186Diggity6186 Posts: 150 Deckhand
    OK... I ead to search day and night for it..... literally searching for hours... but this is the only info I could find pertaining to Almacos, which does state restrictions. Couldn't find it anywhere else. Where is the notification for recreational fisherman?!?!?!
  • Nb1Nb1 Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    There is an app for south Atlantic regulations for federal waters it's free and makes finding these rules easy. Just keep it updated. But almaco jacks are closed as of 8/9/16
    Also if you didn't know a handful of different porgeys closed as well incase you catch any
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