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Fogged Up Fishin'

Hey guys.........A short report. Left at 6:45 out of Homosassa in a pretty wet, dense fog. Had my spotter out front and away we went. Travelled at 25 mpg using gps and Howard as my guides. (I see one guy took three hours) Maybe I'm nuts(not maybe), but it took us 20 minutes. Ultimately we ended up at the "Parking Lot" and we were one of four boats out there. We did stop at Citrus Reef and were the ONLY boat. That's a first. It was dead. Figured with all the wind that maybe it hadn't seen much pressure. Was kind of surprised that it was dead. Not much bait, birds or predators. We tried trolling plugs, bump and go live baits(on numbers), and setting up and anchoring on a couple of different rock piles. Caught the 25 inch grouper on a hand sized grunt on a flat line under a float. Was looking for a king and was I surprised that it caught the one keeper grouper of the day. Last stop of the day was a rock pile that we anchored on and set up a chum slick. Caught around 10 Mangroves, the largest a 2 1/2 fat boy. Highlight of the day ? The 3 hours of sun we got between 12 and 3:00 ! The pic of the sun through the fog was actually the moon at 5:45 in the River. The boat in front of us was less than a hundred feet in front of us !

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  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Beautiful HomosassaPosts: 1,940 Captain
    Glad you made it out. We stayed home because of the fog.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • FishesmanFishesman Posts: 418 Deckhand
    Thanks for the report. From the few reports I've seen, and the one trip I've made since the water cooled down, the gag fishing has been unusually slow this fall. We've had excellent fishing the last couple of years since the red tide hit, especially in the shallows. I think the good fishing was probably the result of the survivors of the red tide stacking up along the perimeter of the affected area. Now that the area has started to slowly recover the fish are becoming more dispersed and harder to find in heavy concentrations.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 10,672 Moderator
    Fishesman wrote: »
    I think the good fishing was probably the result of the survivors of the red tide stacking up along the perimeter of the affected area. Now that the area has started to slowly recover the fish are becoming more dispersed and harder to find in heavy concentrations.

    :Agree Been thinking of several deals of why the bite is off , the other one is lack of bait. May have them dispersed also.

    ALV , you got the snappers dialed in pretty good. Yum.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • ALVALV Posts: 117 Deckhand
    Hey capt louie, Free lined dead shrimp (live not necessary), small piece of squid, or frozen sardine in a chum line on rock piles. No weight, no hardware. 1.0 circle. Tie with albright on a 10 foot fluorocarbon leader. 20 lb test max on flouro. Walmart has shrimp chum for $6 so it doesn't break the bank.
    Not all rock piles are created equal though. I'll try one (rock pile) for a half hour, nothing ? Move on. Once I catch 'em at a spot, they're usually there next time. 20 feet of water or more holds a better sized fish. I put out a flat line (cobia,king even grouper) and a couple of rigs to the bottom. Life's good.....
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,538 Captain
    :thumbsup
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
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