Pre-Irma Report from the Hogpen 9-7-17 Sailfish

Thursday I couldn't resist the urge to get away from preparing for Irma and get out to the Hogpen for some groceries. By 9:30 I was in a good spot and catching grunt and small red groupers, I also caught a few blue runners and threw them in the livewell. Soon the Hogs started biting and by 11:30 I had my limit, I had sent a runner back on my Penn 750ss with a balloon only allowing him to go down about 5 foot. He was around 50-75 ft behind the boat and had been back there about an hour, I actually thought he might be dead, but I saw something playing with him when the balloon took off and out of the water comes a Sailfish dancing on his tail. It ran and jumped 6-8 times all the while pulling drag until the last jump about 250 yards out when it broke off. I was soooooo excited and yet really chapped, in that minute and a half my mind just couldn't process what was actually happening, I'm sure I did absolutely everything wrong. For 30 minutes I was trying to re-rig my rod, but my hands were shaking too much to tie a proper knot. I really have to compare this to my wedding night, 1:30 seconds of pure excitement, did everything wrong, and can't wait to do it again. :rotflmao The short video is of the sailfish, not my wedding night.:nono

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  • sas0061sas0061 Posts: 73 Greenhorn
    Great looking Hogs! I posted about 6 weeks ago that I saw a sailfish in 55'... Really wish I had something freelining back there... As for the hogs, for the most part I feel as if I should be catching them in some of my spots that produce undersized reds and grunts galore. I read somewhere that you go through at least 5 dozen live shrimp before hogs bite/ move in...would you say that's similar? Are they even in 50-60'?
  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Good for you, man!
    That 'Shaky Hand' thing has kept me after fish all my life.
    To see my sons get it is pure joy.
  • AZappiaAZappia Posts: 90 Deckhand
    Right on!

    What a day on the water. How far out were you?
  • saltwaterstiffysaltwaterstiffy Posts: 67 Greenhorn
    Nice pre-Irma trip adn nice hogs. Love the wedding night reference.....
  • swordawetswordawet 337 miles WNW of GTCPosts: 622 Officer
    Well played ,,,,pelagics are the bomb!
    "Today's the Day" .... Mel Fisher
  • m10renm10ren Posts: 109 Deckhand
    sas0061 wrote: »
    Great looking Hogs! I posted about 6 weeks ago that I saw a sailfish in 55'... Really wish I had something freelining back there... As for the hogs, for the most part I feel as if I should be catching them in some of my spots that produce undersized reds and grunts galore. I read somewhere that you go through at least 5 dozen live shrimp before hogs bite/ move in...would you say that's similar? Are they even in 50-60'?

    I'm fishing for Hogfish in the 40-45 ft range, my wife and I will take 8-10 dozen shrimp and typically will bring home a couple dozen to freeze. I'll start out with my frozen shrimp the next time out since the Hogs take a little while to start biting.
  • sas0061sas0061 Posts: 73 Greenhorn
    m10ren wrote: »
    I'm fishing for Hogfish in the 40-45 ft range, my wife and I will take 8-10 dozen shrimp and typically will bring home a couple dozen to freeze. I'll start out with my frozen shrimp the next time out since the Hogs take a little while to start biting.

    Good stuff. Appreciate the input!
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