Took a vacation day today... I've been in the area for 14 months now and never fished after a storm passed. I was thinking there would be debris everywhere and hungry fish under them... this was not the case for us today. Some of you more tenured residents, what's your take on fishing after storms?
First thing I notice, nasty foamy crap at the boat ramp. Fill my livewell on the way out with nice creamy coffee colored water.
For the first time, we were the first boat at bullshark, right around 6:20. All the 6"-12" runners you could ever want, we kept 2 dozen and got a 4(!) smaller gogs in between. Lots of bonita busting fish on top, but never got a threadfin, cigar minnow or sardine. Tried NE spot and sandpile also and no luck.
Original plan was to run n gun for debris/weeds. The current was very weird at bullshark, our boat was getting pushed South... Only had 4 pitchable live baits, so squash that plan and decided to bottom fish. Scouted for anything floating/fishable out to the AJ spot, nothing all the way out, so that's the spot we worked for the day.
AJ spot has been taken over by seabass!! Got a nice almaco, missed a 30+lb AJ that ate an 8" runner right as it hit bottom. My buddy fought it for 20 min and lost it 25ft under the boat. Heartbreaking...
Less than 1mph current at bullshark, 1.2mph in 50ft, 1.5-2mph at 150ft. Temp was low-mid 80s. Current went about completely slack for a period of time out in 150ft. Dirty, nasty brown water up to about 70ft, then turned green. Spoke to Eric (Plane Fish n) who said the water was a little better in 220-240ft. There was no wind, and it was HOT!! Saw no flyers, a couple of turtles, no weedlines out to 150ft, but did see a solid foam line.
~/~ seabass (kept the 3 keepers... btw, they have to be 13" in federal waters and close 9/4/12 now)
~/~ big runners
4/4 porgy (btw, the red ones have to be 14")
1/1 almaco jack
Beats the office any day! Managed to save some gas money with just bottom fishing too! Planning on heading down to Jupiter on Sunday or Monday with my dad(depending on weather).
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Them blue runners are great bait if you know how to use them.
Good luck!! I hear there are weeds as close as pbh and some out in the 500ft range. There was better livebait bait caught on the south spots then there were on the north spots today.
Agreed, enough to feed the fam and I got to have fun at the same time! Funny re:quota. Third times a charm...
I have no issues sending them straight down for AJ... As I was retrieving them from down deep, I got sliced twice by a toothy critter. I did try free lining with a hook to the nose and stinger towards the tail, but the runner keeps swimming right back under the boat, so i threw a gog out on the flatline, but nothing wanted/could see him. Any suggestions on flatlining runner appreciated.
Keeping busy while away from Florida
Will be out as well, on ch 19
At least you got some action. Thanks for the report!
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Winter storms are a totally different story...
agreed, pull up just past your spots and put a bait in the water.... then use the motor to get away from it. just keep the line a little tight so you know what its doing.
If you want them to swim farther away just give them a tug and open bail.
I like to slow troll them(1-3mph) with wire and stinger on down rigger and staggerd on top.
Lesbian fishing. Hahaha that's the first time I've heard that saying!
Completely agree with the visibility issue. I spoke to one of my customers today who lived in Wellington/achorage area and told her the ocean wants her to take her water back.
Let us know how you do buddy. Disregard my text...
Thanks for the tip guys. I'll try setting the bait in and motoring away next time. The drift is usually so fast when bottom fishing, and I'd be off of the spot in one or two drops. By setting time aside to place the flatline, then going to the drift location will give me more time to actually drift and not worry about deploying the flatline first. Good advice!
Keeping busy while away from Florida
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and had an epic day of catching hungry fins