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MIA BCH 2 MAY

Fished this past Saturday enjoying a beautiful chamber of commerce day. Loaded up with pilchards and gogs from Pedro.  Started out fishing the wrecks off Key Biscayne and had plenty of north current and great color water. And we had plenty of live bait in the water...2 gogs and a cigar minnow off the kite,  freeline gog, live pilchards on top and mid depth, and live pilchard and split tail gog on the bottom…check the box for covering the water column. Fished 160’ - 120’ without a single bite. So we picked up and  headed south to Triumph Reef. Spent the day drifting virtually straight north at varied depths of 120’,140’,160’ and 180’. When we first put our lines in at Triumph despite having gogs and cigar minnows in the water on 20# outfits,  one angler immediately gets a sale on a12# spinner using a live pilchard. It was a good size sail that almost spooled the reel but the angler got him turned …despite a good fight the fish was lost without a clean release. A little later we manage to get two strikes at the same time and both ended badly . First a free lined gog had a good hit but still got cutoff just ahead of the  #4 wire trace. Then a nice bottom fish was hooked at the same time but managed to shake the hook. Ironically while we lost the king with a wire trace, a young angler grabbed a lite 10# spinner rigged with just 20# fluro and a 2/0 circle hook rigged for any possible small dolphin schoolies that might swim by…he cast out a pilchard and brought in a nice 8# king hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth. …wire gets cut off but lite fluro leader turns  the trick…go figure. We ran the drift from Triumph to north of Fowey...talk about saving gas!. Then just as we were getting ready to call it a day we hooked another sail on the long kite line. Lots of beautiful tailwalking but ended very quickly with our second lost sail going 0 for 2 on the day. Considering that the radio was pretty quiet and we watched two beautiful sales do their thing, another couple of nice fish fought but lost, and one perfect size king  to eat....especially if you skin it and eat it the day it’s caught…we had a decent outing .

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