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Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach Kayak Drift - May 10, 2017

John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 4,214 Captain
Launched at 5am from Ocean Front Park Beach. Goggle fishing was slow, so purchased a half dozen on the water from Ken at Extreme bait to supplement the four I caught in the dark. Peddled out to 50ft and put out one line deep and one on the surface. I did not take a single fish on the downrigger, but at the edge of the reef in 80-90ft, the King Mackerel bite was on fire for surface fished goggle eyes. I fished 6 surface baits in a row waiting 5-10 minutes to get bite each time. Resulting in 2 bite offs, 2 unbottons, and a limit of 2 kings. The king mackerel bite was so good, the private boaters were limiting out and then calling other boats in on the VHF radio to partake in the action. Fish were mixed, with some medium, and some nice fish occasionally skyrocketing on bait.

Went out to 300ft off the Martini Glass to vertical jig in an area where 15lb blackfin were intermittently jumping feeding on bait fish. The fish were schooled 90ft down on the fish finder, but slow to bite my jigs and no hits on my wireless flatline goggle eye, nor a down rigger bait presented 90ft down.

At noon the current picked up to 2-3kts North, so I drifted North to WPB. The vertical jig bite was slow but steady with some quality Blackfin to be taken on vertical jigs on the edge of weedlines in 200-300ft of water.

On the way in my last goggle eye was eaten by a Jumbo blackfin in 90ft of water.

Ended the day with 7 blackfin (releasing 1) 2 King Mackerel, a tile fish and the largest Little Tunny I have yet to take off the kayak.

It’s fishy out there….if you want to go offshore kayak fishing, now is the time.


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