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LWI 3-24-18 only thing that would make it better was a wahoo

Bro and I went out in his boat today. Picked up a dozen gogs from Target. We went to our normal area just south of inlet in about 200 ft of water. There was a slight north current with a N-NE wind. While bro played with his kite I put out the gog on float and a free runner. The floater got hit by a small dolphin. Had to release.

Reset free runner. It gets hit again, about a 30 lbs king. We're in around 80ft now. Bro decides to redo drift back at 200.

Short time later, free runner gets nailed again, keeper dolphin, about 15-20 lbs. Bro still hasn't had a hit on his kite's 3 baits. Reset free runner, this time a sailfish. We manage to get it to the boat and release.

We are pretty happy at this time even though his kite hasn't produced anything. Final reset to 200. I drop a chunk of gog down and catch a remora. joy. We get to about 80 ft and bro says lets start bringing them. No sooner did we start, his kite finally gets hit, a double of sails. I take the middle rod, he gets the far. His jumps off, mine doesn't, game on. He's ripping line off the reel. Bro gets kite and other rods in and we start a chase. Finally gaining line. Boat is stopped and sail does a lap around with me. I had to pass rod off to bro. Guess I'm still out of shape from the cancer stuff. He ends up doing three more laps around. He's 6'6 and now he is tired. He passes rod back to me. We get sail close to boat, leader it, and release. What an awesome day! We haven't had one like that in a long time.



  • Dustin BoyntonDustin Boynton Posts: 348 Deckhand
    Nice thanks for posting 
  • GarysmoGarysmo Posts: 1,607 Captain
    Congrats.....I'm headed out tomorrow so hopefully I have as much luck as you guys did.  Enjoy the fresh mahi for dinner.
  • Tori'S ToyTori'S Toy Posts: 283 Deckhand
    Garysmo said:
    Enjoy the fresh mahi for dinner.
    Someone will..I don't eat 🐟 
  • JIMinPBJIMinPB Posts: 1,875 Captain
  • AftershockAftershock Posts: 240 Deckhand
    That is a great day - especially as slow as it has been.  Congrats and thanks for posting.  Next Friday for me, I will try and post the results good or bad.
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,491 Captain
    Nice report Vikki - Great day on the water for sure. Must have been a fun sight to see.  B)

    Pura Vida!
  • deputyjrp55deputyjrp55 Posts: 31 Greenhorn
    Hey, can anyone explain to this newbie how to set up a "gog on float" or "a free runner."  And I assume they were frozen?  Thanks!
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,491 Captain
    edited April 2018 #9
    Live Gogs or small Blue Runners are usually hooked through the head in front of the Dorsal fin, or through the nose with a live bait hook (5/0 or 6/0) and set to swim on it's own (free runner) - sometimes it takes a bank sinker on a rubber band about 20 to 40 feet from the bait to get the fish down to where it'll get bit...
    As for "on a float", could be with a balloon trailing the bait by a few feet to keep it on or near the surface, which is what a kite does.
    Frozen sardines are usually hooked with a double or triple hook rig and left to float out behind the boat on the drift.

    Pura Vida!
  • stc1993stc1993 Posts: 10,870 AG
    Good going. Nice to see someone having a good day.
  • JIMinPBJIMinPB Posts: 1,875 Captain
    edited April 2018 #11
    Live gogs (goggle eyes, big eye scad) are the primo high-end live bait around here for catching big game fish,  You can buy them from live bait boats that hang around the major inlets early in the mornings on weekends & sometimes also on week days.  You can call ahead to those guys to place orders.  The going rate is $80/dozen for regular customers, unless a tournament is on, then the price goes up & availability gets weak.  You can also catch them yourself, but it's a fair amount of work at ungodly hours & you don't always  get them.

    Some people fish them on top (with a float).  Some people fish them down low (with a weight).  Some people fish them center column.  Some people let them go wherever they want to go (free runner).  There are different tricks for getting them into different places.  Kites keep them at the highest possible point in the water column.  This is the most difficult method to do well.

    Most people use circle hooks with gogs, so that if you get a bite from a release-only fish like a sailfish, it will not get hurt worse then it has to. 

    A lot of things hit gogs.  Sailfish, Kings & Mahi are probably the most common catches around here.

    Guys on a budget usually fish cut bait or frozen bait. 
  • Tori'S ToyTori'S Toy Posts: 283 Deckhand
    We buy live gogs on the way out. I do things a tad different from others. So far it works for me. I don't use balloons. The "float" I use is a popping float similar to this:

    It goes between main line and leader. My leaders are about 4-6 ft fluorocarbon attached to about a foot of 40-60 lbs surfstrand bare wire and #4-7 circle hooks depending on size of bait. We hook all non kite baits using rubberbands through the nose in case we have troll them. For the most part kite baits are hooked in front of dorsal using rubberbands rubberband. Same leaders are used. We use rubberbands to hold fluorescent markers high enough on main line so we can see them.

  • deputyjrp55deputyjrp55 Posts: 31 Greenhorn
    Great... Thanks for the detail guys...  I appreciate the great responses...
  • SloughSlough Posts: 5,844 Admiral
    Good dill, Great Report. Man that turned into a great day.
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • Reel MusselReel Mussel Posts: 309 Deckhand
    That's a lot of good info there, thanks to everyone for the posts. Looks like a great trip!


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