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9-29-2012 - Port Saint Lucie Offshore Fishing Report:

Taking Paul & Travis out today. First time for the both of them on the AF so the pressure is on again to locate the bite. Exiting at low tide will not bode well for the bait hunt near the inlets with Lake O spilling into the sea. I came early in hopes to locate some mullets around the pocket.

After putting my mad skills of tossing a net to work I hooked the dock, the boat, the light pole and the cleaning station but no baits :grin. Oh, and I forget the Pelican. May he rest in peace :grin

The crew showed up right on time and I quickly asked Travis if he knew how to toss a net. Minutes later we had both livewell’s filled to the brim with finger mullets… You are awesome Travis... Can you show up for my crew next Saturday and catch us some baits :grin... Just kiddin...

We exited the pocket at 5:30am. Broke the inlet to flat calm seas and headed directly to Push Button Hill. We did not even look for other baits with the wells full and the water dirty. It is too bad that docks, boat, light pole or cleaning stations wouldn’t work well as bait as we could of really slayed them today :grin.

Goal is to locate some BFT early then run and gun for fins out deep on debris. We arrive on the Hill in darkness and got lines in the water before 6am. Drifted some Finger Mullet along the ledge with nothing doing. I never tried them for BFT before so I wasn’t sure if it was the bait or the lack of light.

We ran back to the start spot and now the light is up enough to switch over to the Daisy Chains and do some trolling.



I made up a couple of new lures last night for the chains and within minutes we had a small Skipjack to the boat.


Minutes later we had a small BFT to the boat. Both fish released to grow up…



Looped around and picked up another BFT and this one went into the boat. With the ice broken we decided to change up the lures on the chains and Paul hooked up to the biggest BFT on the day… Congrats Paul :USA. I don't like changing something that works but this proved to be a good move.




Spotted this rainbow towards shore...


We pulled in the chains and the outriggers and gave a shout out to B.Wilmot that were running deep. He is our wingman and we do well when we get about a mile apart and run deep in search of some debris. 4 out of the 5 times that we did this, it produced fins for us so why stop now :grin

Here is B.Wilmot an crew on the Hill


We hit 1100ft and Travis spots a gold mine (or so we thought) off the Port side.



We get the spinners rigged with mullet an pull up to this and start chunking. We give BW a shout out to come on over.


We chunked a lot of bait here with nothing showing. We rigged up the instant downriggers on the rods and Travis hooks up just as we were planning on making a move.




We worked this for a few hours and only picked up 2 fins off it and I think Bryan got two as well. We left Bryan and crew here and continued eastward. Made it out to 1500ft with nothing doing debris wise. We loop back around and got back to the Hill qnd drifted some mullet again along the ledge...

We get a shout out from Vindawg that he is hooked up on some triple tail and fins on a bucket north of the Hill. We make the quick run north and unloaded the chunk bucket onto the bucket in hopes to bring up the fins. We spotted just one fin below the school of jacks and triple tails around the bucket but he disappeared into the deep blue.


Vinny also called over B.Wilmot who as he drove by said hey Jeff... Theres a flip flop :grin...


Bryans crew hooks up a fin off the bucket...


Today’s Tally

5 BFT - Release 3 small ones
1 Skipjack- Released to grow up
1 Alamaco Jack

How did everyone else make out today?

Tip of the day

I bring 13-14 rods on every trip. I get a lot of jokes at the dock in the morning. Do you think you have enough fishing poles? What are you doing having a yard sale on the water? All in good fun… but I do this for a reason. It is called being prepared. I bring (2) small spinners (Penn Pursuit 5000 reels on 6ft Ugly Stiks) rigged with 20lb braid for catching baits, Each are rigged with a bead between the rod tip and the swivel to keep the swivel from getting caught in the rod tip.

I have (4) conventional reels (Okuma Diezel 30’s on Shakespeare Sturdy Stik’s) rigged for drifting live baits. Each are spooled with 30lb Yo-zuri Hybrid Fluorocarbon which is Albright knotted to 10-12 ft of Berkleys Vanish 60lb Fluorocarbon leader. At the end of the leader is another Albright knot to 4-5” of #9 wire down to a Matzuo #6 live bait hook which is attached using a Haywire twist.

I have (4) large spinners (Okuma Avenger ABF-90 Baitfeeders on Ugly Stik Tigers) rigged for multiple functions. I have two reel filled with 50lb Gorilla Braid and the other two filled with Yo-Zuri 30lb Fluorocarbon. They are all rigged with snap swivels to allow for quick changing for whatever we are targeting.

I usually have two rigged with Daisy Chains as you never know when you will come into contact with a flock of birds working a school of tuna. The other two are rigged with pre-made spinner rigs. 4-5ft of 60lb Vanish Fluorocarbon leader to 4-5” of #9 wire down to a Matzuo #6 live bait hook. I also have some rigs made without the wire for when those fish get picky.

I have (2) medium size spinners rigged the same as the Fluorocarbon larger Okumas noted above. They both have a bead between the rod tip and the snap swivel so I can use then in the morning to catch bait when I have more people on board. I use Quantum 60 reels and two more Ugly Stiks.

Lastly I have (1) bottom rod rigged with 50lb Gorilla Braid. It is a 50lb class rod with a Okuma Connector Line Counter Reel. It has an 8oz sinker on the mainline with a bead between it and the snap swivel. I have pre-made rigs at the ready from 30, 60lb Fluorocarbon to a #6 Matzuo live bait hook and I also have some rigged on 150lb mono.

o See previous posts for pics off all premade rigs:

I have a couple of larger rods that I bring for highspeed trolling and/or putting big baits down but will save those tips for when I catch a fish with them :grin

Extra tip: When I tie the Albright knot at the leader to mainline point, I use 12 to 14 loops before to finish the knot. I learned this from fellow forum member Kansas Jayhawk, Jason a few years ago aboard the AF. Those extra loops proved to be the key in making a great knot better. Thank You Jason.

Random pics on the day








On a side note I want to give TJ at Rays Offshore Tackle in Boca (emijess on the forum a shout out for all your help getting us ready for our next fishery. Keep an eye out in October for our maiden voyage. I was also able to finally meet PaulBoat there at Rays. Nice to finally meet you...



  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,512 Captain
    Now they won't even let you edit your own reports after 10 minutes... This SUCKS... I type long reports and like to go back and edit them to fix the typos. It is tough when your getting old and the old eyeballs don't work as well as they use too. Now you get a 10 minute time limit to edit your own report... We post the reports. You would think we would have the right to edit them whenever we want to.

  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,817 AG
    Now they won't even let you edit your own reports after 10 minutes... This SUCKS... I type long reports and like to go back and edit them to fix the typos. It is tough when your getting old and the old eyeballs don't work as well as they use too. Now you get a 10 minute time limit to edit your own report... We post the reports. You would think we would have the right to edit them whenever we want to.

    Doesn't matter. **** good reports, typos or not!
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • Key LimeKey Lime Posts: 356 Deckhand
    Great catching, and great report as usual. Funny, I was listening to the AM radio fishing show, and they all said that offshore would be slow today; I thought "Yeah, but some guys like AlwaysForward will still find a way to put fish in the boat". Way to go, Jeff!
  • tunamantunaman Posts: 3,767 Captain
    Heck I say as long as everyone knows what I say I don't care about typo errors! After all, we're fishermen not stenographers!! However thats spelled!!! LOL
  • FISHHUNTRFISHHUNTR Posts: 1,286 Officer
    Thanks for the report... thats a nice size BFT!
    "FISHUNTR"- 2012 20' Pathfinder, Yamaha F150, HDS gen 3 9T
  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,804 Moderator
    Funny report Jeff!! Really wish I was out there today with you all!!

    Keeping busy while away from Florida
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,110 Captain
    Great report Jeff, glad u put the crew on the bite!!
  • Go MongoGo Mongo Posts: 2,074 Captain
    Good job Jeff. It was a fun day offshore.
    “Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
  • robalorogrobalorog Posts: 502 Officer
    Nice report. See you are still on the fish.
  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    Nice Jeff. Very nice.... and nice meeting you as well.

    Sent from my Droid
  • roweryborowerybo Posts: 2,091 Officer
    Great report Jeff.
    I'm with you on the rods. I cary 12-14 every time we go out and get the same comments but it helps to be prepared. 2 have 12lb mono on them for bait, 4 have 20lb mono and are our pitch rods, 6 trolling rods, and one bottom rod. During the cobia run I always have a jig on.
  • cloudmancloudman Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    WOW. That is one detailed report. :applause
  • BaggerBagger Posts: 116 Deckhand
    Thanks for the report. I normally find tough fishing with the full moon but u seem to find the fish.

    Never to many rods, I normally have.
    2x 550 bait
    2x750 bait/cobia jig at the ready
    2x850 live/chunk
    2x950 big live
    3-4x 4/0 trolling
    2x 6/0 wahoo rigs/ big live bait
    1 9/0 live bait small tuna or bonita
    Bagger..... :USA

  • GT FishGT Fish Posts: 9,448 Officer
    Nice day as usually Jeff!

    Jeff I have logged your complaint with Griz..Hopefully we can change the Edit rule..It was done to keep a small percentage of posters from posting **** etc..Not fair to the other members IMO.
  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 3,142 Moderator
    Now they won't even let you edit your own reports after 10 minutes... This SUCKS... I type long reports and like to go back and edit them to fix the typos. It is tough when your getting old and the old eyeballs don't work as well as they use too. Now you get a 10 minute time limit to edit your own report... We post the reports. You would think we would have the right to edit them whenever we want to.

    Great report!

    Sorry for the inability to edit after ten minutes but that was inacted due to a small contingency of users that were abusing the ability to edit. This group of users have found it amusing to post under an alias usernames a simple post then after the post dropped to the bottom of the page they would edit it with inappropriate material, nude or pornography photos just to tease and test the limits of tolerance by the moderators. FS can not filter past replies to see when or if these adolescent actions occur. It is unfortunate that the actions of few have a negative impact to the whole but FS saw no other way to quicly contain this problem. If you ever need an edit after the timeout, please do not hesitate to contact me or another mod and will help you out. Thanks for your understanding.
    Mark Wilson
    USCG 100t Master, Assist Tow, 200nm Coastal
    Marine Surveyor, SAMS, ABYC, IAMI, FMIU
    Wilson Yacht Survey, Inc. 
  • B.WilmotB.Wilmot Posts: 204 Officer
    Thanks for the report Jeff !!!! It's a great report as always!!!
    Bravo Whiskey
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    99 honda 130
  • VindawgVindawg Posts: 799 Officer
    Excellent report and a pleasure seeing/talking to you out there as usual.
  • Bite N HoldBite N Hold Posts: 1,320 Officer
    Great job Jeff and good tips as usual!!! I thought there was one fewer pelican!
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    "No matter the size of the fish, you can only put a bite size peice in your mouth."
  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,512 Captain
    Thanks All :USA

    I have asked if they could change the 10 minute limit to 12 or 24 hours. They are having issues with idiots posting **** so I understand now why the limit is there.We will see what they can do to help us old farts who can't type well :grin

    Ley Lime Thanks for the vote of confidence. One thing I always tell my crew that we may do a lot more boat riding than fishing but it tends to pay off in the end. We ran 77.5 miles on Saturday and it paid off thanks to Travis spotting that debris. One key thing that I tell the crew before we start running and gunning is to mount your eyeballs on a swivel and keep a look-out for debris.

    Go Mongo Nice chatting on the radio with you Dennis. If that debris had kicked in with a chinese fire drill I would have called you out but 2 fins in 2 hours on it wouldn't have been worth your fuel bill to run out that deep. Will give you a shout out next time we find something good that is loaded up. Shoot me an email at [email protected] so we can stay in touch before a trip out. Bryan (B.Wilmot) and I do this each week and two boats are better than 1 when running deep. VinDawg helps us out as well when we are close in proximity.

    Bagger The way I look at it is you can't catch fish unless the lines are wet... We fish all conditions. West winds, bright moons etc...

    GT Fish Thank You. I have asked them to see if they can change the time limit to 12 or 24 hours. We will see.

    Vindawg Thanks again for calling us over to your bucket Vinny :applause You need to come out on the AF again Vinny...

    Bite N Hold Nick, I really need some cast netting lessons to save the Pelicans from being added to the endangered spieces list :grin

    Great deal if anyone is interested... Shoot me an email at [email protected]


  • Captain DaveCaptain Dave Posts: 3,392 Captain
    Nice job Jeff. Who's boat is that for sale at Pirate's Cove?

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  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,512 Captain
    Here is a quick underwater video of what was beneath this flag Travis spotted...


    Dave, keep me posted if you hear of anyone that might be interested from Pirates Cove Marina... Thanks.

    I wanted to edit my report to point out that while we were on the debris fishing baits on the surface we didn't catch one fin. But after we put on those instant downriggers ( it was fish on as soon as we got the baits down deeper.

  • RockNReelerRockNReeler Posts: 1,067 Officer
    Nice work as always on your BFT!
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