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8/31-9/2~~~PULLEY RIDGE~~ "Private Charter" ~~Round 2

Hope this is allowed and given the fact that Capt. Greg and Steve (EC Newell~man) have been friends for well over 20 years Greg called Steve via satellite phone, with a report on the First Day. I as well, have been friends with Steve for the better part of 15-20 years and a great guy.

I am not trying to promote another site but really save myself some legwork with daily reports on these type trips as they are new on the menu for the Yankee Capts.. The first trip went so well Greg had booked a private charter as soon as the reports came out.

I'll post some pictures here as they get them but for the full report please click this link, register if you want (to see photos), its free to keep up with what is going on.

Like I stated this is just to save me some legwork and once you see the way the report is written you should understand why I posted the link rather then C&P the report.

Capt Bill


  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Part of the Report:

    Just as I thought. Conditions were textbook for drifting, as the boat was moving along at .8 and some anglers were already putting into box, 4 to 5 fish on each drift!
    Capt Bill
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Just got this fast note. Amazing


    New postby EC NEWELLMAN » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:12 pm

    I spoke with Captain Greg late this morning and he said that the Ultra-Limited Charter had filled all the fish boxes and used up all the ice!

    Captain Greg was able to then prospect another area along and down the edge and customers were treated to putting some golden tilefish into the boat..where they put them is another question!

    There as just one or two more drifts to be made in the area and the YANKEE CAPTS will be steaming back in from the Ridge area and should be in later tonight, with a group that I was told experienced some pretty special drop and lock fishing on this trip.

    Ps, I should of added, that a few nice Warsaw Groupers were also caught.

    I am one looking forward to seeing the pics.
    Capt Bill
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Fast report:

    September 1 2013 Wind Southeast 10 Knots Temperature 85 Degrees

    Sometimes things come together just the way you want them too. Sometimes you just get lucky. I find it hard to describe the feeling of having two trips in a month that completely exceed my expectations after doing this for 25 years. Captain "I got Big Plans" would be proud. That being said I can report everybody caught dinner this weekend.

    Friday night we took another big ride. Just shy of 130 miles from Key West. First stop was a training mission after that it was on. Drift after drift of blueline tiles, golden tiles, snowy groupers, barrelfish, blackbelly rosefish, queen snappers to 23 pounds, red snapper, blackfin tuna, longtail bass, specked hind grouper, yelloweye snapper, warsaw grouper, amberjack, red grouper, scamp grouper, yellowedge grouper, vermillion snapper, hambone snapper, mutton snapper, pink porgy, jolthead porgy and a couple more types of fish that I am sure I missed.

    When the dust settled the back boxes were full. We caught almost as much fish as the first deep water trip but fished 18 hours instead of 36, with a smaller group. For those of you who were on the first trip I am sure this puts this trip into a context that is hard to imagine.

    On Sunday at 1:00 PM I left them biting and we had just done our best drift for size and quality.

    The only thing that did not work was the night time bite. The current was ripping up on the bank, you could hardly hold bottom with 3 pounds of lead on the anchor. We managed one lonely mutton and a couple of tunas. Honestly it was great to ge a solid nights sleep in a flat calm ocean. I know the anglers appreciated it too. It was hot, Africa hot, probably the hottest days of the summer. With all the cranking guys had to do they were beat. Except the electric reel crowd. That, however that is a story for another day.

    Observed quite a few things this trip that I will pass along. A couple of things we have been doing need to be tweaked,

    Need to recharge my batteries. More in a couple of days.


    2 spots just opened for this upcoming trip departing on 9/5 @ 8PM
    Capt Bill
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 1,003 Officer
    This trip was not a Pulley Ridge charter to begin with. I gave them the option to try something different. Why? Because of the great weather forecasted for the weekend. I also knew the weekend bite in the Tortugas would be more of the same. Just grinding away, doing the same old thing. This group fishes with me often so I knew I had some lee way and they are excellent fisherman.

    Sadly we lost three anglers because of the change of plans. They wanted muttons, muttons and more muttons. I even gave them the option of not paying (FREE TRIP) if they felt they did not get their money's worth by doing this type of trip. They declined and last I saw was the west end of a east bound truck headed up the Keys. Every time I think I have seen everything someone steps up and blows me out of the water.

  • bite my baitbite my bait Posts: 461 Deckhand
    Free trip to pulley ridge!!!!!?
    Gotta be **** to turn that down.lmao.good job capt Greg.It seems you just get better and better the more you go out there.please pass along any new info that may help on a future RIDGE trip,
  • Bull RedBull Red Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    Wow, that's an insane trip! Thanks for the report!
  • globalwavetrackerglobalwavetracker Posts: 241 Deckhand
    36 hrs condensed to 18 plus a few less fisherman than the 1st, wow. It is indeed another super epic trip. Congrats. Sure do miss the night action which feels more like a normal DT drop except 3 times more intense bite and variety of species. The pinky were generally smaller. Giant hambones and warsaws... that makes it interesting.
  • TavernierGuyTavernierGuy Posts: 917 Officer
    Giving up a trip to the "promise land" wow.....Cant believe I just read that.
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    1) Some will lead in hopes of others following.

    2) You can lead a horse to water but can't make him drink.

    I don't understand either especially given the fact it was for a price of a mutton trip with a promise for refund in not happy! :huh
    Capt Bill
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Well either way I almost ready for the drive to follow!
    Capt Bill
  • HooganHoogan Posts: 547 Officer

    I even gave them the option of not paying (FREE TRIP) if they felt they did not get their money's worth by doing this type of trip. Greg

    Let's shake hands to seal the DEAL !
    Where do I sign up ? :dance
  • Yankee CaptsYankee Capts Posts: 1,003 Officer
    Round 3 done. Just got in.

    Almost everything full, 3 totes shy. More of the usual suspects with Goldens mixed in.

  • Harry KlauberHarry Klauber Posts: 9 Deckhand
    Where are all the pictures? Love to see what a 23 pound queen looks like.
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    Detailed Report, photos, will be posted today hopefully....lots to tell and good info for future trips...lots to cover
    Capt Bill
  • Harry KlauberHarry Klauber Posts: 9 Deckhand
    This is the biggest Queen I've ever seen - 25.6#. It was caught on a deep water research trip out of Tarpon Springs while fishing the Pulley Ridge "area".
  • HawkboatHawkboat Posts: 1,030 Officer
    I would research that all the way to my plate
    Capt Bill
  • ThePigskinCaptainThePigskinCaptain Posts: 390 Officer
    That, is a beast. That is also quite the hydraulic reel set up. It looks like a modified Miler King reel judging on the spool but have never seen one with a bandit arm mounted on it. Especially never seen one spooled with mono to fish that deep water either.
  • Harry KlauberHarry Klauber Posts: 9 Deckhand
    The hydraulic Bandit is not what we bottom fish with. We use a pair of LPs for that. The hydraulics are for long line sets.
  • ThePigskinCaptainThePigskinCaptain Posts: 390 Officer
    Then that might be a Miler King. They use those in the wreckfish fishery off the South Carolina/Georgia coast. They actually use them like a bandit since the wreckfish are in such deep water. Don't use that mono for sets out in that deep water for a variety of reasons. It can blow out the side of your spool after going back on the reel on haul back.
  • Harry KlauberHarry Klauber Posts: 9 Deckhand
    Very good! Was used for years for wreckfish.
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