4/25 offshore Sarasota
Exited New pass around 7:00am with absolutely no wind what so ever. Made our way out to 30 feet and used the sabiki to catch a mess of blue runners, threads, and pinfish. We loaded up the live well in about 15 minutes and we went on our way. We were greeted the whole way out with flat seas and no wind. We stopped at our first spot in 62 feet... nothing. We dropped down pinfish and threads and couldn't get a hit. We decided to drift off the spot since there was no wind we could use light weight to get our bait on the bottom. About 200 feet off the spot and BAM! I hook up with something using a dime sized pinfish. Reel up and it's a nice sized lane. As soon as I put the lane in the cooler my dad hooks up using a buck tail jig tipped with a sardine. Reels up and it's a nice 17 inch lane. After that the bite shut down. Moved to another spot in 72 feet and trolled on the way. Landed a small king but that was all. Stopped on our next spot and we had a hard time getting a bite. But wait! We look over and something is finning on the surface. A shark? Cobia? Permit? We coast over to it and I cast over to it with a Yo-Zuri crystal minnow. BAM! ZIIINNNGGGGGGG! The drag starts ripping on my 4500 SSV. It jumps and I can't believe my eyes. A sailfish is doing its beautiful dance through the top water column. I start to shout "Get the camera!" But on its 3rd jump it spits the hook. A sailfish in 70 feet? What? I still can't believe it. But it's not over. I look down from the bow of my boat and we dozens of Amberjack, Cobia, And African pomapano swimming. I immediately grabbed my baitrunner 8000 and throw out the biggest blue runner I have. It doesn't last 15 seconds and gets inhaled by a AJ. Fish on! We caught 8 or so AJ's in about 30 minutes along with a break off on a large cobia. All were caught on blue runners or pinfish. Shortly after our arms started getting tired. We headed back around 2:00pm. All AJ's were released. We only kept the 2 lanes. Lots of bait out offshore right now and lots of kings hitting the bait. Get out there! Tight lines!
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