Hillsboro 7/6 and 7/7

Went out Friday 7/6 late afternoon to try and get some fresh Bally and do some bottom fishing with the kids! Set the chum in 50’ of water and after about an hour of no current things started to pick up and the ballyhoo showed. Grabbed a few dozen and kept a few in the livewell. While catching ballyhoo the kids caught a yellowtail, a couple grunts, and a little mutton.... no keepers! Pulled anchor and did some bottom drifts in 80-100’ and landed 2 keeper muttons, bigger one was 25”

7/7 grabbed some of my fresh Ballyhoo, loaded the kids in the boat, and headed offshore looking for phins. Found first big weed patch about 55 line and threw in some lines. Had two nice little phins hit and we were able to land one about 10 lbs! Made a few more passes and the fleet showed up so we picked up and headed east! All the way out to the 42 line and didn’t find much beyond some scattered weed, finally came across a big piece of plastic. Outrigger starts singing and I see a big phin start jumping behind the boat 20+ lbs, but on the second jump he came loose. Made another pass and quick hookup on a 10 lb cow. Went to make another pass and lost the plastic! Started heading in and found some weeds holding fish around the 45 line. Got a few barely legal fish and let them go to swim for another day! My 9 year old daughter in a huge conservationist! It gets her crazy upset if I keep any fish under say 25”! She thinks it’s “mean” haha, but she’s a heck of a little fisherwoman! Came in a little further and found a big floating palm tree trunk around the 47 line. First pass hooked solid ten pound phin but spit the hook right next to the boat! Made another pass and hooked up on nice phin biggest of the day was just over 15 lbs! Made a few more passes and nothing so we made the long run in! 

Still not a or a ton of fish out there but I was glad to see some more sizable fish! 

Catch em up folks! 


  • Plastered2850Plastered2850 Posts: 1,589 Captain
    Way to go DAD nice catch and pics.
  • CoastalCatchCoastalCatch Lighthouse PointPosts: 389 Deckhand
    edited July 2018 #3
    Good effort...no better way to enjoy your kids while you still have them! :)

    'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.' ~ George Orwell

  • The ParkerThe Parker Posts: 77 Greenhorn
    Way to find em
  • tank85tank85 Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    Nice to hear of some bigger fish around 
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,464 Captain
    Great post!  WTG Dad!

    Pura Vida!
  • miamihurricane34miamihurricane34 Posts: 135 Deckhand
    Very nice. Do you castnet the ballyhoo?

  • coachkriegelcoachkriegel PompanoPosts: 8 Greenhorn
    Yes on the castnet! If you have good current they will come right up on top. Also if you use a very finely ground chum they will come right up behind the boat
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