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Anybody Been Offshore Lately?

Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
We ran into a bunch of gumbo cobia fishing yesterday. I'm wondering if it is in 50+ ft or just closer to shore. 

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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,641 AG
    Closer to shore also, all around R2 and got thicker as I went south down towards Bayport.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,641 AG
    This was late last week as I was bringing in traps
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 10,726 Moderator
    Ick.. I hate that stuff.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Almost PerfectAlmost Perfect Posts: 602 Officer
    Watching closely. I need to burn some fuel so weather permitting I hope to get offshore this weekend.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Contender 27 Cuddy
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
    edited April 2018 #6
    We ran into it in 15' northwest of #2; never went any deeper. It was the thickest I've ever seen. It was all through the water column and hadn't started breaking down yet. It was very fibrous to the point that we couldn't get our lines through the guides. We ran south off of Bayport and it was still thick in 10'. We ran in to 7'-8' just south of the Chass and the water was clear. Only got one small cobe, a shark, and a bunch of short gags. 

    How deep were you finding it last week, Art?
  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 968 Officer
    i’m ready for time and nice weather and i’ll let u u knon
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,641 AG
    We ran into it in 15' northwest of #2; never went any deeper. It was the thickest I've ever seen. It was all through the water column and hadn't started breaking down yet. It was very fibrous to the point that we couldn't get our lines through the guides. We ran south off of Bayport and it was still thick in 10'. We ran in to 7'-8' just south of the Chass and the water was clear. Only got one small cobe, a shark, and a bunch of short gags. 

    How deep were you finding it last week, Art?
    out to 35', deepest traps I have.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Homosassa, FLPosts: 1,356 Officer
    I'll be getting back home in a couple of weeks. Hopefully you will have reeled it all in by then. LOL  :)

    MY WORST FEAR......THAT WHEN I DIE MY WIFE WILL SELL ALL MY BOATS & FISHING GEAR FOR WHAT I TOLD HER I PAID FOR IT.......

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    but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
  • M4RealM4Real Posts: 131 Deckhand
    Hooked up a big cobia off of a Clearwater reef on Saturday. It broke off after about 30 minutes of fighting it on a lightweight rig. Seas were very rough in the 4 foot+ range only 3 miles offshore. ****, I almost got seasick fighting that ****. The wind was very unforgiving. Not a fun trip honestly.
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,807 Admiral
    Doc, do you happen to know the scientific name of the gumbo?
    You should have been here yesterday
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,791 Captain
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
    I've never been able to identify that stuff. I don't know any algologists anymore who could help us out.  
  • josh...BAMFjosh...BAMF Posts: 119 Deckhand
    Ran into it 15 miles out of Bayport and stopped at about 8 miles and it was gone. Some real nasty stuff.
  • zackfishcomzackfishcom Posts: 14 Deckhand
    We were in 70feet off  homosassa Sunday and still lots of gumbo.  Also last week in 40-55 gumbo.  It's everywhere this year.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
    We ran to 60ft today and there was not much gumbo from 35 ft on out. It was still thick between 10ft to 20ft with big patches in some places W of Homosassa. Visibility was right to the bottom in the deeper water with just a little slime on the bottom.
  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 968 Officer
    when u say gumbo u mean that moss looking thing
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
    It looks like toilet paper coming out of a sewage outfall once it dies off and starts to float.
  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 968 Officer
    oh wow, no haven’t seen that the last time i went out about 3 weeks ago
  • m9000m9000 Posts: 2,168 Captain
    I made it out to 40 feet on roughly a 270° heading from Cedar Key yesterday and saw a very small amount of  floating turtle grass and Sargasso weed, but no gumbo.
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,765 Captain
    We fished the Crane wreck yesterday and only found a small amount of slime right on the bottom. Visibility was top to bottom in 52'.

    Moving in to 30' off of Aripeka, we found the gumbo pretty thick right on the bottom. It didn't affect the bite as long as we didn't let our baits touch the bottom. When the tide started ebbing from the north, a bunch of gumbo showed up in the water column. 

    So it's still around out there but spotty. If you run into it, just move either deeper or shallower and you should be out of it. 
  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 968 Officer
    seen some thurs but not bad we were in 54 ftan u could see the bottom 
  • spearjunkyspearjunky Posts: 184 Deckhand
    Went to 30' looking for Cobia with no Cobia but plenty of gags and kings
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