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1/19/17 SLI & 1/21/17 J.I. - Trying to out-fish the Skunk!

Thursday - 1/19/17

Went out twice this week. Conditions were great on Thursday, me and a former co-worker, Nate, made the trip up to SLI with Pecks Lake on the agenda. We joined the 20 or so boats at the Sandpile trying to catch bait. We were able to pull up ONE goggle eye! Was really surprised to get one of them after sunrise. Left and headed to Bull shark where we picked up a couple dozen runners in short order. From there, it was on to Pecks lake. The fleet was there, and many were 'catching'. We anchored-up and did everything we'd done in the past, but couldn't buy a bite! Usually, I'd have my limit in an hour or so... today, Nada...
Admitting defeat, decided to head east with Tuna feathers deployed. Trolled out to Pushbutton Hill. Picked up 2 small Bonita's and continued on in hopes of some tuna that we could actually eat... not a bite to be had. Saw NO flyers, weeds, or rips. Stopped at Evans Crary and deployed the livies with no luck. Headed to the Sandpile joining three others there, set up the live bait and were finally rewarded with a nice hit... that quickly came unglued by the toothy critter. Got another one shortly thereafter, it came unglued as well... A bit later, another solid hit and finally, the rod had a serious bend in it while line was stripping off at record speed. A short time later, had a nice 20-25 lb Cuda boat side. Cut the line with the bait knife and watched it swim away.

As it was getting late, we decided to call it a day and headed home.

Saturday - 1/21/17

Cleared Jupiter Inlet with Don (RocNRol) just after daybreak, greeted with some gnarly swells that made us feel like surfers paddling over big waves... Got a few runners at the rocks and decided to troll east... no love on the troll. Saw others doing the same thing, as well as a few of the bigger boats flying kites right around the Ledge in 200 or so. We continued east, heading to some spots to give deep dropping for Tiles a try. The current was ripping along at 5 kt. making it very difficult to get bait to the bottom, let alone get a bite.
The drift had taken us north a good ways by now, we decided to head to Pecks Lake for a sure thing on Spanish Macs (Not!) There were some very serious breakers crashing over the reef at pecks lake that had everybody fishing on the ocean side of the reef. Again, tried to put fish in the boat, this time with some good chum and glass minnows... just couldn't entice them enough to bite. We saw the commercial guys leaving the area. When they leave, it's a good sign the bite is gone for the day.
Headed to the Sandpile to try our luck, no bites. Saw Bo from the Let's Go, on another boat and spoke briefly while one of their guys put a king fish in the boat, and they were out of there after that.
During the hour we were there, the seas really kicked up and got sloppy, we decided to call it a day and head back to Jupiter Inlet via the Intracoastal Waterway from SLI. It was a nice ride back and surely better than getting beat-up on the outside.
With Jupiter Inlet being a bit scary on the way out, I didn't want to chance it again trying to get back in. The ditch was a good choice.
All in all, it was a good time on the water.

Pura Vida!


  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,804 Moderator
    You get an A for effort!

    Keeping busy while away from Florida
  • Hook N UpHook N Up Posts: 188 Officer
    Good to see you out there on Sat as Bo and Luis was out on my boat. No bites on the troll however picked up king and cuda's on the drift / slow troll. Got some nice bottom fish however was tough was a 3-4knot current. Bo did manage a triple header bottom fishing picking up a slot size red grouper we put back and 2 triggers.


    Hook N Up
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,491 Captain
    Nice looking ride David. I was pleasantly surprised to see BO aboard; haven't seen much forum reporting from him lately. Glad he's been able to go out fishing.
    You all had a pretty good day from the sounds of it. I got a kick watching Luis hook-up and boat that king while we were talking with you guys on the radio.
    Good to see you out there and put a face with the name.


    Pura Vida!
  • Plastered2850Plastered2850 Posts: 1,842 Captain
    That current was tough in 850 but
    came in to 700 and was 1.0.The
    seas got big fast.
  • LET'S GOLET'S GO Posts: 2,041 Captain
    Bill it was good to see you out there it was a bit sporty but we did manage to catch enough to keep us happy.

    baf44a4e-6651-4a38-8a03-7b1c3b6bd22b_zpse5ca0565.jpg L.G. LIFE IS GOOD ON THE "LET'S GO!"
  • ReelHazardReelHazard Posts: 131 Deckhand
    We were out there on the 21st as well...nice spaced rollers heading out the inlet early AM and it was nasty by the time we came in around 1pm. Good call on coming in through the SLI. I was on my buddy's 23' CC and a 21' behind us almost buried its bow in front of a wave.

    Trolling is becoming really frustrating around here. Many hours, $, and effort for no bites. We also fished with runners and gogs with not even a touch. Our savior for the day was 1 vermillion and 1 porgy on a chicken rig. Current was ripping also in the 70' to 120' range. Almost impossible to hold bottom using 8oz.

    Better luck next time and thanks for the reports!
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