9/8 Short Off-Shore Trip

Got a late start today leaving the Punta Rassa dock around 9 am.  With calm seas we went out about 35 miles from the southern point on Sanibel (265 heading, right toward the Fantistico, but not that far out).  The first 5 miles the water was nice--no odor or dead fish and fairly clear, but with the summer brown tint.   From 5-15 miles out the red tide was noticeable.  Bad smell, dirty red color, lot of dead fish.  Mostly puffer and small bait fish, but quite a few large black drum as well.  Also saw one dead sea turtle. 15-22 miles out or so the water was much better.   22-35 miles the water was clear, blue and beautiful.  Over a week of east winds seems to have moved the red tide further out, but its still there.  Hopefully the end is near.

As soon as we were in 90' of water (33 miles) we started trolling deep divers while looking for new grouper/snapper spots.  Within  20 minutes we had a large Spanish and a good sized Bonita in the box.  We had just passed some promising bottom so we pulled in the trolling rigs and went back to drift that spot.  The wife used a Bonita chunk on an 8 oz. knocker rig and I used a Spanish steak on a 6 oz. glow facet jig.  Immediately doubled up with matching 18" Red Grouper.  Bottom still looked good but nothing else as the drift continued.  Re-drifted a few more times and had a few bites but nothing on the grouper rods.  My bottom shrimp was pulling up squirrel fish consistently, but even those didn't produce any keeper RG.  After 3 hours of fishing a few other spots in the area time to head in.  

Seas were as predicted, ESE winds with 2' or less seas all day.  Cruised out at 42 and back at 38.  Didn't bring home dinner but had a great half day on the water.  

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  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 771 Officer
    thanks for the report
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  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 56 Greenhorn
    Sounds like an ok day
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,392 Admiral
    PRassa said:
    Got a late start today leaving the Punta Rassa dock around 9 am.  With calm seas we went out about 35 miles from the southern point on Sanibel (265 heading, right toward the Fantistico, but not that far out).  The first 5 miles the water was nice--no odor or dead fish and fairly clear, but with the summer brown tint.   From 5-15 miles out the red tide was noticeable.  Bad smell, dirty red color, lot of dead fish.  Mostly puffer and small bait fish, but quite a few large black drum as well.  Also saw one dead sea turtle. 15-22 miles out or so the water was much better.   22-35 miles the water was clear, blue and beautiful.  Over a week of east winds seems to have moved the red tide further out, but its still there.  Hopefully the end is near.

    As soon as we were in 90' of water (33 miles) we started trolling deep divers while looking for new grouper/snapper spots.  Within  20 minutes we had a large Spanish and a good sized Bonita in the box.  We had just passed some promising bottom so we pulled in the trolling rigs and went back to drift that spot.  The wife used a Bonita chunk on an 8 oz. knocker rig and I used a Spanish steak on a 6 oz. glow facet jig.  Immediately doubled up with matching 18" Red Grouper.  Bottom still looked good but nothing else as the drift continued.  Re-drifted a few more times and had a few bites but nothing on the grouper rods.  My bottom shrimp was pulling up squirrel fish consistently, but even those didn't produce any keeper RG.  After 3 hours of fishing a few other spots in the area time to head in.  

    Seas were as predicted, ESE winds with 2' or less seas all day.  Cruised out at 42 and back at 38.  Didn't bring home dinner but had a great half day on the water.  

    For future reference Spanish Mackerel are regulated fish and must remain in whole condition until landing at the dock.
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