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catchemupcatchemup Posts: 490 Deckhand
Fished  yesterday, Monday. Beautiful chamber of commerce day. As usual loaded up with live gogs and pilchards [this time from Frank as a rare day off for Pedro]. We were under the angler's boss’s instructions…aka wife… to bring back a mutton snapper for baking whole. So we fished from Fowey, then north to the county wrecks, then north to the Miami Sea Buoy from 150’ into 60’. Fished gogs on top and bottom and pilchards top, middle, and bottom. Had a very strong southern current [despite always wanting northerly flow] and a blistering onshore drift …couldn't hold bottom with 16 ounces. And just to add a little more negativity to the mix, also had spit pea soup colored water.  Still hopeful of getting some action…we kept live chumming. We actually chummed into shallow water in hopes of stirring up some mackerel action. Interestingly ...or ironically …we hooked one school dolphin in only 80’. But after multiple drifts had nothing else so we headed to the wrecks.The  conditions improved with a much slower drift…where we got a few hits and fish. One particular catch was notable in that as we retrieved a live gog within 8 ft from the boat when there was a silver flash that took part of the gog. We immediately put the real in freespool and the fish returned to pick up the other half of the gog. As it was happening in a flash in real time we assumed it was a cuda which is famous for this kind of attack. But we got a glimpse of the tail and was glad to see that is was a hard fork rather than bushy tail and so we knew he had a nice king on.  Next headed to the Miami Sea Buoy where we encountered beautiful cobalt  blue water…what a difference just a few miles can make. Got nice action there on shortened drifts from 130’ - 70’. What about the required mutton you ask…well we finally got one at the end of the day…but he only measured 17+” …we seem to have a knack  to catch “almost legal” muttons. So all and all we ended the day catching 13 of 14 fish on…1 mutton, 1 schoolie dolphin, 1 small shark, 3 amico jacks, and 7 kings [ first 2 kept  and five released with one in the 20# class and ironically the other four all snakes that were undersize]. While not great …we bent the rods and liked the catch ratio.


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