Today’s anglers are Rick and his son RJ. It sure was nice getting back to the docks after missing last weekend due to weather. With the high winds all week we opted to buy some bait from the bait guy just in case before we headed out. We left the dock around 5:30am in search of some sardines to also put into our well.
Hit the buoys and grabbed some small bar jacks then headed down to Bullshark and loaded up on some sardines and goggle eyes.Sunrise Pics:
Here is Vindawg
doing the same.
Headed offshore and picked up some large runners, cigar minnows and some more dines. Met B_W
there as well and we both headed SE from here in search of some weeds. We hit 1050ft and found some nice weeds. Drop in the livey’s and set-up the normal drift. B_W
(Bryan) set up about a mile south of us on the same.
Within minutes we get a shout out from Bryan that he has hooked up and calls us over. As soon as we drop in a livey, RJ is hooked up :thumbsup. Thanks’ so much Bryan for the shout out and allowing RJ to catch his first fin.
We worked this area some more and found a tree and put 3 nice gaffers in the box.
Called over Bryan to join in on action… Opted to search around for some more weeds and after leaving this area (now in 1150ft) found some nice looking weeds SW in 1000ft. Dumped in the livey’s and FISH ON… Another Chinese fire drill was on. I think this was #3. It was all a blur from about 8am on :grin Gave a shout out to Bryan and he picked up 25 pounder here. Congrats B_W
... Karma is on your side :grin
Here is Rick with one of his first fins he caught today.CLICK THE PIC BELOW TO SEE AN UNDERWATER VIDEO OF RICKS FIRST FINS
After boating fin #9 an looking at the ice situation we decided to call it a day. Hit a couple more lines on the way in to allow us to clean up the bloody decks. No luck and made the 21 mile run back to the inlet.Today’s Tally
9 for 12 Fins – 7 Gaffers
Special Thanks to Bryan (B_W
) for being our wing man today and help each other out on the bite. Truly and enjoyable adventure and will hopefully can do it again Bryan. Shoot me an email or PM so we can let each other know when were heading out so we can do this again. 2 boats are better than one :thumbsup We are heading out again tomorrow so if your heading out, give us a shout out on Channel 73. :thumbsup
Rick. You an RJ are invited aboard the AF anytime. I had a blast today :thumbsupHow did you all make out today?Special Thanks to the following peopleRandy Phillips[email protected]Jim Lopilato[email protected]Kathy Fitzpatrick[email protected]I asked them if they could install a fish cleaning station at the west boat ramps at Sandsprit Park and they took care of it in short order. Please take the time to email them and thank them for their support.Tip of the day
Here is my method of storing my Sabiki rigs. I have tried those Sabiki poles that crank up the rig right inside of them but I didn’t like them. They were too stiff of a rod for me and didn’t allow me to feel the bottom nor bite as well as a regular fishing pole does. My method is simple, cheap and easy.
First thing you want to do is to add a small bead on your line and a snap swivel. This bead will keep your snap swivel from entering your rod tip. I like to use 20lb braid on my bait rods as it allows you to feel the bottom and the bite much better.
Next, take some fishing line (I use 50lb mono or less) and tie a double loop knot through the eyelet of your sinker. You want the loop to be just large enough to fit over the handle of your fishing reel. Once attached to your Sabiki rig, crank the bead till it hits the eyelet then adjust (pull out drag as required) your fishing reel handle until it is pointing towards the butt of your rod.
Now simply place the loop over the handle and your good to go. You might need to let out some drag depending on how long of a rod you have. I use 6ft 6” rods and are the perfect fit for the Marathon Sabiki rigs that I use. http://www.biminibayoutfitters.com/sabiki.htmRandom pics on the day
3 Bags of fish all caught without the spotting of a flip flop today :grin
PLus, Why not just pitch the old sabiki's and use new every time. The sabikis get worn and rusty fast.
FS Blair I just watch the Florida Sportsman show you did about the Best Fishing spots in Florida... Awesome job :thumbsup Truly Enjoyed that episode Blair :thumbsup
SFCarl That is a 2 oz weight. I don't do much casting for baits unless we find them on the surface. I always leave them rigged on the boat this way and re-use them the following weekend with no issues catching baits with them. I rinse off all my rods and reels and have never had the sabiki rigs rust. Just my 2 cents :grin
I also fish with Walmart rods and reels I buy on Ebay.. So maybe I am just cheap but here is the fish count aboard the AF (not counting the past few weeks) :grin
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Also great work getting them to install a cleaning table at the west ramps. I used it today and it worked better then the ones on the east ramps. The ones on the east ramp i never used because they were poorly desgined. Why they decided to put screws towards the front of the table is beyond me. Made it a pain to skin the filets since i tended to hit the screwhead.
PS: To all fourm readers : Please take a kid fishing they are our future!!
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Vindawg We have all had them Vinny. Still a great day on the water and hats off to you for taking out one of our countrys protectors. :usa Please tell him Thank You for his service to our country :thumbsup
Century7 Your very welcome. I linked them to this report so maybe they will read your post and upgrade the tables at the east ramps The water pressure sucks, the screws suck and so does the angle of the table. See a father and son there last year lose a nice size grouper that slide off the back of the table and into the water. Never stuck around long enough to know if they found it but the dad had his son swimming around looking for it...
Shoeless See you at the ramp shortly :thumbsup Glad you put the new table to good use. I will ask them if they can upgrade the east ramp tables as they are in need of it for sure.
B.Wilmot Thats what it is all about BW. Getting kids involved in our sport we all love. Taking a couple more kids out today. Are you heading out today BW?
Rowerybo Just plugged in the phone an saw your message Ryan. I finished my T-Top Box on Friday but didn't have time to mount two pcs (that I have to make yet). Before we install the Life Jacket bag you and your father are making for me, I have to remove the windshield, take some measurements, but the two pieces and mount them. If we could plan a day this week to do the install would work better for me. I am off on Friday so maybe we can plan that day for you guys to come up. Let me know. Looking forward to getting rid of that old T-Bag for sure :grin
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Jeff, if you hook each adjacent pair of sabiki hooks together it results in a shorter, more manageable sting. I too leave them on if still intact and they get rinsed with the rods. I don't tie my sinker on but rather connect it with a loop so I can quickly change from a 4 - 6 oz. weight when working deep or in a fast drift, to a 1 - 2 oz. weight for casting at surface schools, and to remove the weight completely when running so it isn't banging against my tackle.
Again, outstanding job on the Phins.
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LET'S GO I tried hailing you on the radio on Sunday with no luck. We were 27 miles offshore but yet your were talking to Eric in the Islands so go figure. I did the automated radio check on Channel 27 and could pick that up so I know my radio was working.
Tailwalkerfred Glad your enjoying the reports. :thumbsup
Robalorog I don't target the spanish mackerals, that is why my count is so low with them. I like getting offshore where you'll never know what you will catch :grin
I know it is unbelievable but we heard you talking about bait on bullshark and then, when we tried to hail you... apparently, someone heard us. We then heard Bo tell them that we were in West End.
We had a 5 minute conversation with Bo... some 70 miles apart.. that is amazing!
It's also funny to note that we heard some guys calling "BS" and another saying that he was in "Bermuda."
Stay tuned for our post from the islands.. working on the video as we speak.
Way to put those guys on the phins.
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That was me. I was on the inside by the power plant. Heard your whole conversation.
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Hopefully we we see you out there on Sat or Sun:fishing
Very cool Vinny...
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