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Snowy, Tiles, Rosie

Drewvale21Drewvale21 Posts: 590 Officer
First trip of the year. Flat calm, no wind, no current. Not ideal conditions but got the job done in shallow. The snowy spit up this baby octopus and a big red shrimp. Grouper head for dinner. Not a bad start. 


  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 Posts: 941 Officer
    superb- you have done very well since you hired me for that first trip deep dropping. i like it when my students get all A's. you make me proud! btw did u drop the octo back down 4 recycling? or did u add it 2 the dish in the pix? any of you other guys out there wanna learn gimmei a call and get it on the very short (but tasty )deap drop season here in the keys!
  • Drewvale21Drewvale21 Posts: 590 Officer
    edited May 2022 #4
    Didn’t want to send it back down whole for another Snowy so we Downsized the hooks and cut it into strips. Caught the last Tile with it I believe. This no currents sucks for covering ground. Bite wasn’t on fire but did well enough to feed some people. 
  • DodgerDodger Posts: 345 Deckhand
    Great looking first trip!  Can't wait to try it later this summer.
  • K-DawgK-Dawg Posts: 258 Deckhand
    First I was impressed by your catch, then I was impressed by your eats. Well done!
  • palm hawkpalm hawk Posts: 8 Deckhand
     Piner, what's the details on your deep drop trip (How long, where from, how much, odds of catching anything....)??
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 Posts: 941 Officer
    odd =>very< hi w/ me ...see pm
  • roletrroletr Posts: 62 Deckhand
    Don't forget to bring teacher a apple ! ! !
  • Drewvale21Drewvale21 Posts: 590 Officer
    As a beginner to deep dropping two years ago we had no idea what to use, where to go, how to fish, how to drift, etc. We hired Piner to expedite the learning curve on what to do. We have logged a lot of miles, gas,  and hours looking for our own spots and it’s paid off using his techniques. From 500 to 900, we have found lots of areas to fish with plenty of success. Every day isn’t a party, the fish may not want to bite, however you can’t catch fish at home. We go and fish till it hopefully happens and we get dinner. It’s addicting. I recommend making your own rigs. It’s way cheaper than buying them pre-made. Plenty of YouTube videos out there showing you how. We also make our own lead. It’s ridiculous how much Tackle stores charge for lead. Good luck to everyone getting into it. We can start a whole new conversation about which Deep Drop species taste the best. They are all good. My favorites: Any Grouper, Barrelfish, Blue Line, Rosies (ceviche), Hake. Haven’t caught or tried Golden and Queens yet. Still looking for them!
    Stay safe. 
  • MtgMamaMtgMama Posts: 137 Deckhand
    edited May 2022 #11
    Deep dropping is the only way to go!!! Get yo **** deep whilst I enjoy the normal..😎
  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Posts: 1,964 Captain
    killer post Drewvale!  listened and learned from a local legend! now you can add what's yours and share!  I gotta get some of that! and thanks for sharing the meals too!  heads and throats are always discarded!  love it man! 
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 Posts: 941 Officer
    itz barrel fish season
  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Posts: 1,964 Captain
    @Drewvale21 how did you split that snowy head in half so clean?
  • Drewvale21Drewvale21 Posts: 590 Officer
    edited May 2022 #15
    I usually use a hachet and a hammer. Split the throat in half and hammer away. Lots of meat. I do the same for lobster. Split them in half and bake them in the oven. Delicious! 
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