Left the inlet this morning around 7am. We saw a lot of boats headed north so we joined the party. We started fishing at 160ft straight from Vero Beach. We trolled the area along with the other dozen boats or so. We zig zagged going from 160 to 220 heading north. Had a sail hit but no luck. Finally picked up a king fish in 200ft on a deep diving lure. Was a little shocked to get a king out so deep. About an hour later we got a nice mahi in 190ft on a red/white ilander with a ballyhoo. I did see other stuff caught on the other boats, my guess is they were trolling naked ballyhoo rigged with swivels. The reason I say that is I spoke to a guy at a tackle shop who was out over the weekend and they got 6 sails and a few mahi and that is what they were hitting. I'm thinking of maybe rigging a few that way for tomorrow.
today.Hope the Mahi come to us.
You need to fish that rig with reel in free spool and clicker on , you can add very slight drag while getting used to it . Set rigger clips lightly to where they just hold , twist line 10x before putting in rigger clip . When it pops get to reel and free spool and clicker off , point rod at fish , give a slow 8 count then push drag lever up . As you get more used to doing it you can lower the count . Reaction time is key , you can also increase bow in line from rod tip to clip for drop back until you can get to rod .
Sailfish will mouth the bait and turn out of spread to swallow it , they will drop it if they feel any resistance . I haven't used the swivel method , I prefer floss rigged chin weighted hoos , but the same method applies . Once you master this your catch ratio will go up .