YC Pulley Ridge 8/29-9/1
We arrived at the boat around 3 pm and there were already a few people there. Greg said we could go ahead and load our gear. So we lugged all the above mentioned gear from the truck to the boat. Then it was off to the Hogfish for a bowl of lobster bisque and an order of hogfish fingers. Soon the rest of the anglers for the trip started showing up and went through the ritual of loading their gear on the boat. Finally it was 8 pm and time to shove off. I had good intentions of taking lots of pictures but as usual that went out the window somewhere along the way. Here are a few pictures that I did mange to take, more of the fishing later.
The Electra Mate Grinder.
My weapon of choice.
Enough gear to cover any ocassion.
Everyone is checking their gear and getting ready for things to come.
The crew dug out their large sea anchor and prepared it for use.
Saturday moring we awoke to breezy conditions.
After daylight some decided to troll while we were making our way to the our first drop.
Dudley (Snaphappy) was rewarded with a nice wahoo.
Back to the fishing. We made our first drop around 10 am. Mike pulled up a nice yellow edge on his first ever deep drop and I pulled up a small snowy. Looked like it was going to be a good day despite the less then desirable conditions. Things went downhill from there. Pretty soon it seemed as if there was a tangle every drop. I managed to hook fish on three straight drops but lost them due to tangles each time. Mike had a complete rig cut off as he put it in the water to drop down when someone from the back of the boat pulled tight on their braid that was running all the way along the side of the boat snagged some where up on the bow. By this time I was a flustrated and decided to take the first of many breaks. Mike continued to struggle but managed to catch several nice yellow eyes and tile fish. Somewhere around midday I started having problems with my reel. It kept losing power as I would try to reel in. I finally realized I had a broken wire in the power cord.
Soon it was time to go up on the ridge for the night. The fishing was slow so I decided to get some shut eye. Mike got up around 2 am and there was a pretty good black fin bite. He managed to get three nice blackfins.
I got up early and spent about two hours McGivering my power cord connector. Finally getting it to work. Turns out the neg lead was completely broken and the pos was hanging on by a few strands of wire. After speaking to several people I believe the power cord is the weak link for the Daiwa Tanacoms. (Lesson to self bring spare power cord.) About this time Greg announces not to get the electrics out that due to conditions we would not be doing any deep drops on the second day. The bite was slow for the rest of the day with a pick of mainly red grouper here and there. I did manage to get a small mutton. I'm convinced that this is where good fresh bait is essential. Around 4:30 Greg announced that we were 150 miles from Stock Island and it was time to go. All-in-all it was a slow trip for me and quite a few others. Mike managed to do pretty well so we had fish to bring home. If I counted correctly there were 13 totes when we got to the dock. The usual suspects, like Dudley (Snaphappy), Jake (jakedge) and Ceasur who were dedicated and spent the time at the rail managed decient catches. They can chime in and provide their view of the trip. One thing to mention, just because it is strange, Ceasur brought 3 brand new rods that all broke during the trip. I almost forgot the trip home. Traffic was a nightmare with everyone returning from the holiday.
If my report sounds negative it is because I had really high expectations and was disappointed in the weather conditions and other issues I encountered and is no reflection on the crew's effort. Greg, Lynden, Matt, Johnny and Joe did their usual outstanding job and tried to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.
Off to planning my next Yankee Captains trip.