NOT Defeated Today....

Springtime is finally here and one of my favorite fish to catch have showed up thick. Giant Amberjacks are here and ready to party. My buddy Jason, GF Brook and I, decide to drop on some local pompano wrecks before doing some meat drifts. We immediately got into the AJ's and started to lose them on 80b leader and live gogs. After losing a handful I bumped up the leader to 100lb Bullbuster Fluorocarbon and that did the trick! We pulled a 48b Reef Donkey straight off the wreck first drop with the heavier leader. We went back after that fish and my buddy Jason was hooked up, and we did the usual GO GO GO style of running off the wreck. Although the Fish couldn't be stopped and we lost it, but my GF decided to drop a jig as we were off the wreck and we were re rigging and got smoked! We immediately put the boat in gear and drove even further away. This AJ was not having it and stripped 250 yards of locked down 80lb braid in under a minute. After a 15 minute fight, my GF Brook landed her biggest AJ ever and on a jig too! Landing these bruisers on the jigs is easier said then done and it seems as if some days, those AJ's all run to the same spot on the wreck and break you off.
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We switched up the pace and did a few drifts in the pompano/hillsboro inlet area with live gogs and pilchards. It was DEAD needless to say. We setup our last drift in 300 and we started jigging immediately. I got smoked on a 3oz jig in 250ft and immediately thought nice Blackfin as it was deep, no where near a wreck and it was doing the typical Tuna Death circles. Turned out to be a 30b amberjack, just roaming the middle of nowhere. I guess it was a day for the Reef Donkey's and they were roaming the ocean. They gotta get from wreck to wreck somehow. AJ's were kept for shark bait.
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Watch the AJ's in action and babe hooked up below.
Dolphin Report coming Tomorrow, They are here!!!

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  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,450 Captain
    Well done! Really enjoyed watching you all catch fish, great job of editing too. Had just the right amount of action and excitement without a bunch of fluff. I felt like I was right there on the boat watching.
    You've got a keeper GF in Brooke. Any chick that likes to fish and fights them like a pro (on a jig no less) has got my respect! She's easy on the eyes too. :wink
    Nice work guys...
    :thumbsup

    Pura Vida!
  • T - L U VT - L U V Posts: 187 Officer
    Good stuff!!


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  • conquistadorconquistador Posts: 211 Deckhand
    AJs are fun, but why keep them? Worm factories! :puke
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  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 642 Officer
    Actually the shoulders are great eating. Just fillet to the end of the rib cage and check for worms. You've probably had them in restaurants and thought they were some of the best grouper you've had. There will be plenty left for the sharks.
  • Yeaaa_ChrisYeaaa_Chris Posts: 548 Officer
    Good to see you posting up here Victor.

    They really are delicious. The worms are almost always in the tail section. I keep one from time to time and they are awesome blackened when fresh. Whatever doesn't get eaten fresh goes on the smoker for dip.
  • MattyCMattyC Posts: 30 Deckhand
    Nice job. Love watching your vids and agree on the excitement to fluff ratio. Always exciting and makes me wanna fish immediately after watching. You've got a keeper in Brooke. Tight lines
  • landsharklandshark Posts: 76 Greenhorn
    Good to see you posting up here Victor.

    They really are delicious. The worms are almost always in the tail section. I keep one from time to time and they are awesome blackened when fresh. Whatever doesn't get eaten fresh goes on the smoker for dip.


    I do love smoked fish!
    Well done! Really enjoyed watching you all catch fish, great job of editing too. Had just the right amount of action and excitement without a bunch of fluff. I felt like I was right there on the boat watching.
    You've got a keeper GF in Brooke. Any chick that likes to fish and fights them like a pro (on a jig no less) has got my respect! She's easy on the eyes too. :wink
    Nice work guys...
    :thumbsup

    Thanks for the kind words! No fluff here.
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