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Pogies and kings in st aug

I'm usually past the urge to kingfish at this point in the summer but two weeks in Idaho and rain and early winds and yadayadayada have kept me from getting a full summer king fix. And, my youngest daughter has not been on the ocean on a dawn king trip and agreed to go Wednesday so we hit vilano around 630 and looked for some big mullet. After 20 minutes of nothing I figured we better go look for pogies which, for me, have been few and far between this summer in st aug. We rounded the north cut inside the shoals and immediately saw plenty of pelicans due east. Just on the north edge of the shoals we found what we needed and more in one net toss and headed east to 4 mile. It was quiet. Four lines out and no action. Our first two knock downs were sharpnoses and Sophia was tired of pulling on sharks. I saw a rod tip bounce on a weighted like and took the rod from the holder thinking another shark was pulling a pogie off but dropped the tip and gave it a twitch and zzzzzzzz,,,,zzzzzzzz. Zzzzzzzz,,,ok, maybe a real fish. After a good long run the line stayed up near the surface and I was pretty sure we had the right fish. Sophia wanted nothing of a third shark so I told her she better at least get the gaff out. A few circles later and she put the big hook perfectly into a nice 20lb king.



Beautiful day on the ocean. We all go back to school Monday. 

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  • cftsmokecftsmoke JacksonvillePosts: 359 Deckhand
    edited August 13 #2
    Always great to get out with the kids as they get older.  Now that mine are both off to get smartened up, I have to wait until their semester breaks.
    2005 Everglades 290 Pilot.  Twin 250 Verados.
  • jt904jt904 Central FloridaPosts: 117 Deckhand
    Man whats up with the sharks this year?? King fishing is not what it used to be...
    176 Key West Stealth 
  • BossVossBossVoss Fernadina BeachPosts: 24 Deckhand
    Third times the charm!
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
    jt904 said:
    Man whats up with the sharks this year?? King fishing is not what it used to be...
    I heard a podcast with bouncer smith discussing the increase in sharks. He said since world war two until just recently they had a large commercial fishery for sharks in Florida.  Not so much any more and the sharks are increasing year by year now. He said in the past he would do tarpon charters out of miami and land many tarpon during an afternoon charter. He said he could not do that today, a tarpon hooked in the same area is immediately eaten by sharks when hooked. 
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,179 Admiral
    Pangaman said:
    jt904 said:
    Man whats up with the sharks this year?? King fishing is not what it used to be...
    I heard a podcast with bouncer smith discussing the increase in sharks. He said since world war two until just recently they had a large commercial fishery for sharks in Florida.  Not so much any more and the sharks are increasing year by year now. He said in the past he would do tarpon charters out of miami and land many tarpon during an afternoon charter. He said he could not do that today, a tarpon hooked in the same area is immediately eaten by sharks when hooked. 
    Here's what to do: EVERYONE needs to try eating shark and also cultivate a group of friends and neighbors who will take them, and then every time you go keep your legal limit. Won't help much.....but it's better than doing nothing.


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