Off Cudjoe - a couple of Mahi on 11-24

Daughter 1 and husband were here from Salt Lake City for Thanksgiving. We got out on Tuesday (11/20) in the gray and windy, bounced out to 400 feet and back into the reef without a knockdown. Headed into the north side of Hawk Channel for the calm water and trolled Stretches for Grouper. Caught 4 but all were 18” or so. Disappointing but at least we bent a rod on an otherwise cold bleak day.

They left Friday and Susan and I headed out Saturday. It was a beautiful sunny day but by the time you got to 400 feet the North wind made it pretty sporty. We hung around that depth, stumbled onto a Frigate and Gannet working Dolphin and after two tries got our baits into the right area and hooked a pair of small schoolies. Nothing followed them in, the birds and school disappeared and that was it for us out there.

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We worked our way back in, trolled the reef line for a while then tried again for grouper on the patches without any luck. FYI, boats working the reef for Sails between American Shoals and G marker off Big Pine were not finding them.

‘Phins caught in 380/400 feet, lightly scattered weeds, 81.3 water temp. Blue/White Mini Turbo Slammer and pink CH RattleJet. Bait was ignored.

Dinner was excellent!

Tom
Capt. Tom Urban, "urbanRenewal", Cudjoe Key, FL www.LooeKeyReefAdventures.com

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