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Late Report - Labor Day Pulley Ridge Trip

XafXaf Senior MemberIndialantic, FLPosts: 1,132 Officer
Just a quick report on the Yankee Capts Pulley Ridge Deep Drop trip over the holiday weekend. Started out Friday morning with the weather still overcast and threatening rain from Hermine. By the time it was time to leave Stock island the weather was perfect.

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The weather was great but the current was ripping so the deep dropping was pretty tough. Greg moved around trying to get out of the current but to no avail. Four pounds of lead was the norm. I fished as high as 6 lbs on one stop. I think I caught a nice red grouper and tile fish on the fish day. It was slow. I also managed to get my finger jammed in the levelwind on my electric reel but that's a whole other story. It heart like hell!

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Greg moved up onto the top of the ridge early hoping conditions would be better. There was still plenty of current. The catch was sporadic with a few of the usual suspects , red grouper, scamp, blackfin tuna, caught here and there. There were several Amber Jack caught that had to go back because they are out of season. A large % of the catch on top of the ridge came from bucktail jigs. Guys who stuck with the jigs and kept at it were rewarded. Some guys trolled between spots and again the usual suspects, kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonito, etc. were caught.

The next day was pretty much a repeat of the the first day deep dropping. I ended up with a red grouper, a scamp, a big tile fish and 2 almaco jacks. Not the catch I was hoping for.As I said the guys who were persistent and kept at it ended up with fairly decent catchs.

Snaphappy (Dudley) was happy to share a few of his pictures. He ended up with a good catch of red, black, scamp, snowny, and yellow edge grouper, a few mutton snapper, a couple king fish and blackfin tuna.

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Back at the dock. I believe there were 8 totes for the 14 people on board. Most of the fish caught were a nice size but the conditions were really tough.

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Thanks to the crew for being there when you needed a gaff ora hand with a tangle. As always Greg moved around and tried to get us on the fish but the conditions were stacked against him.

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