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Stuart Offshore 10/29/14 Sabiki Karma = Wahoo, Spanked the Dolphin

Another amazing day on the ocean. My longtime friend Kevin (Kevinwwings) and new friend Rob (Atlas) joined me and we headed out looking to find some meat for the table.


Rob (who just got out of the Navy after 20 years) :USA came out with me a couple weeks ago and scored his very first sailfish. Today Rob was requesting dolphin. The morning started out rather spectacular!

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We ran straight to Bullshark and in 20 minutes of Kevin and Rob having a fish-off, we loaded our well silly with various sized blue runners. While keeping the boat on top of the bait schools for the guys, I noticed another boat full of gentlemen had arrived there and was having trouble catching bait. Just a couple months ago I was at Bullshark by myself and saw a guy catching stringer after stringer of sardines, yet I didn't have the right sabiki's to catch them. He generously came over to me and gave me two, and I immediately loaded up on sardines because of his kindness. Today was the day I would pay that forward, and as we were leaving we pulled up and gave those guys a few of the sabiki's we were using to catch the runners with. They were extremely thankful and I hope they did well today.

With the well full we headed southeast and started trolling outside a weedline in 150' off the Loran Tower. We worked out a bit deeper and saw a free jumping sailfish in 215', so we pounded that area out and our first bite ended up being a small wahoo on the stinger rod that we put on ice for sashimi.

After a while of working that area and absolutly nothing happening on the radio, I wasn't overly confident about the area we were in. I got a wild hair and wanted to head out deep, so we pulled in the spread and off we went with the radar sweeping. The run east didn't look overly promising for a while, but that all changed when we came on a beautiful weedline in 1050' on the 03 line. We started trolling south down that line and it was only a few minutes before we caught our first schoolie dolphin. We boated that one, then 5 minutes later after resetting we caught and iced another schoolie. Things were looking up!

We reset the spread and as we were trolling down the weedline I noticed a long thick piece of bamboo ahead of us. As soon as we got to it all hell broke loose. We hooked a nice bull on the rigger bait, then hooked another on the stinger rod. While Rob and Kevin were working on those we had two more nice gaffers ripping into both squid chains of the riggers. We pitched a gog on a spinner and hooked up another. While we were all fighing a fish, I saw another eating a bait so I set up on that one and left it in the holder. After a cluster%(&* of gaffers swimming into the dredges and boating Rob's gaffer, I asked Rob if he would mind dealing with the 4th gaffer that was hooked up in the rod holder behind him. He got a good laugh out of that. We eventually boated all 4 gaffers and it was high 5's all around. This was the last of those four that we boated...

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We did a quick clean up, then headed back to the weedline. I was telling the guys to keep an eye out for the bamboo, and Kevin quickly spotted it again. As soon as we got near it, the caca hit the fan again as we all pitched livies out and all hooked up. It was a blast and there were some real nice dolphin cruising around the boat along with our hooked fish. After boating several more, I took a vote and we all agreed we had more than enough fillet for all of us and friends & family. It's always hard leaving a school of snapping gaffers, but I had no urge to fillet until midnight. It was 1:15 and we were 19 miles from St Lucie Inlet, so we called it a great day and headed for the barn. Another amazingly beautiful day offshore in SE Florida with good friends and great fishing.

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Dr Kurtin (KurtinKall), my friend & surgeon is next. Wish you were with us today!


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