big mango hunt offshore st pete
Decided to do a trip offshore for some mangos late morning, into the evening. Got to the dock around 11am and headed to the bait spot and loaded up after about an hr. I decided to head to 130' to try it out and nothing but ARS. Like, 100's and not ONE mango. A spot we've easily limited out on many times, so we headed in a few more miles and tried 120' and tons of ARS but we managed a few mangos and some nice sized lanes and a 20" scamp. Mangos were smaller than expected and not worth weeding through the tons of ARS so i decided to plug in to 105'. First 10-15 drops produced noting but ARS again so my hopes dropped again. Then the first mango plopped aboard and she was a nice 20"er so there was hope. Probably caught 10 ARS to every mango but the was much better so we plugged away. Left a big pinfish out freelined and was only getting ajs on it..no tuna though which are usually thick on new moons. We did however catch about 5-6 big mangos on the freelined bait after i switched to cigar minnows. We plugged away until 2:30 am and got a lot of nice mangos and decided it was WAAAY past our time to head(i had to work at 10am) in so we wrapped it up and started to trek in. Fog got ridiculously thick and luckily we had radar. Baits used were frozen dines, live pinfish, pigfish and sardines.