Pompano Beach 13 Jan 2018

Wind from the West, better to stay home and rest. Kayak fishing with a West wind is especially dangerous because if propulsion fails, the wind blows one out to sea. For that reason I tend to fish in shallower on West wind days. I Launched off around 5am and found Goggle-eye fishing a little slower than December trips. There were many boats working the beach -- making it an hour and a half for 10 baits, after which I then headed out to 80+ feet to start fishing.

First bait out was chomped in half by a Cuda, and then it was slow. Dragged baits out to 300ft while vertical jigging for zilch. Did not even meter anything other than the wrecks out deep. There was a good amount of boat traffic and half a dozen other kayak anglers.



One kayaker reported a Cuda, another an out of season Red Grouper. I did not see anyone catching anything. Typically in January I would have expected to see at least one sailfish taken by the many boaters. I blame the slowness on dirty green water and the west wind blowing surface baits offshore. I headed back into 100ft and metered some Kings/Cudas ? not too far off the wrecks, but no biters as I dragged my baits through them. Finally around 10am had one good hook up with a king Mackerel.



Around an hour later missed another cuda, got rocked by a grouper and picked up a Cuda.



The afternoon was slow, slow, slow. I stuck it out till 3pm por NADA. Current ran North 1-2kts, and wind was West at 9-17kts all day. It was suppose to calm down in the afternoon, but it never did.

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  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 499 Deckhand
    Tough day obviously John but you're persistent as always and once again it paid off. Well done Sir.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 4,119 Captain
    I've always wondered, are those kayaks stable enough to stand up to take a leak? Never tried kayaking but it looks interesting.
    Nice job on the Kingfish.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,294 Moderator
    Hey you got me in that photo!
    As always, good to see you out there sir. I got a cuda roughly the same size on a jig while zipping past the wrecks. The current was pretty fast, and then when the wind picked up Erik and I decided that we would save some energy and just head in before we ended up north of the inlet. That was around noon.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 499 Deckhand
    jcanracer wrote: »
    Hey you got me in that photo!

    BTW, were you in your Compass and how are you liking it? Since I'm not familiar with you guys in person I couldn't make out who is who in the photos. Nice fishing gentlemen.
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,684 Captain
    Basstar wrote: »
    Tough day obviously John but you're persistent as always and once again it paid off. Well done Sir.

    Thanks, That was Chris in the yellow Revo looking yak behind me.....Compass has a Revo bow, so probably was a Compass.



    jcanracer wrote: »
    Hey you got me in that photo!
    As always, good to see you out there sir. I got a cuda roughly the same size on a jig while zipping past the wrecks. The current was pretty fast, and then when the wind picked up Erik and I decided that we would save some energy and just head in before we ended up north of the inlet. That was around noon.

    Likewise, good to see you and Erik......You guys made the right choice, afternoon was bumpy and unproductive.

    conchydong wrote: »
    I've always wondered, are those kayaks stable enough to stand up to take a leak? Never tried kayaking but it looks interesting.
    Nice job on the Kingfish.

    Thanks, The mirage drive opening is AKA the Hobie Latrine. Most anglers will kneel and relieve #1 in the opening without having to aim over the side. Sometimes I will stand up to do same, just to stretch the legs. On long days,I have even removed the mirage to complete #2. Sitting on the mirage drive opening lowers the kayak enough so that the rocking motion of the salt water cleans what TP would normally be required for. It is not as gross as it sounds and feels pretty darn good afterwards -- LOL.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 4,119 Captain
    Thanks, That was Chris in the yellow Revo looking yak behind me.....Compass has a Revo bow, so probably was a Compass.






    Likewise, good to see you and Erik......You guys made the right choice, afternoon was bumpy and unproductive.




    Thanks, The mirage drive opening is AKA the Hobie Latrine. Most anglers will kneel and relieve #1 in the opening without having to aim over the side. Sometimes I will stand up to do same, just to stretch the legs. On long days,I have even removed the mirage to complete #2. Sitting on the mirage drive opening lowers the kayak enough so that the rocking motion of the salt water cleans what TP would normally be required for. It is not as gross as it sounds and feels pretty darn good afterwards -- LOL.

    Thanks for clarifying as that was a serious question. Keep up the good work. :thumbsup

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • andrewthe1andrewthe1 Posts: 684 Officer
    Nice report, mac, and hygiene tips LOL,way to get out there!
    we need more internet money
  • Ryan12Ryan12 Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    How deep were the gogs
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,294 Moderator
    Basstar wrote: »
    jcanracer wrote: »
    Hey you got me in that photo!

    BTW, were you in your Compass and how are you liking it? Since I'm not familiar with you guys in person I couldn't make out who is who in the photos. Nice fishing gentlemen.

    No compass yet, I only saved up half the $$ for it before wife ran up the credit card during December :rotflmao
    I'll make a post comparing the Revo and the Compass in February.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 499 Deckhand
    I only saved up half the $$ for it before wife ran up the credit card during December :rotflmao

    WOW! I had no idea we married sisters. :)
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,294 Moderator
    :Spittingcoffee
    :beer
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,684 Captain
    andrewthe1 wrote: »
    Nice report, mac, and hygiene tips LOL,way to get out there!

    Thanks.
    Ryan12 wrote: »
    How deep were the gogs

    That depends on what time one goes out looking for them. Knowledgable boat anglers say that the goggle eye baits are out in 250ft of water around midnight, and migrate in to the shore during the morning. Just before sunrise they are frequently right on the beach. I have taken them in as little as 3ft, and more often in 6-18ft of water right before the sunrise.

    jcanracer wrote: »
    Basstar wrote: »

    No compass yet, I only saved up half the $$ for it before wife ran up the credit card during December :rotflmao
    I'll make a post comparing the Revo and the Compass in February.

    Look forward to reading your review.:cool:
  • Ryan12Ryan12 Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the response, in the morning are they on the piers or just open water, thanks
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,684 Captain

    Sometimes the gogs are at the pier, but the pompano pier gets hit hard by lots of boats fishing for gogs. Lately it has been none at the pier, and more along the beach.

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