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3/2/19 Night Fishing - Fattening Up a Barracuda and a Couple Flag Yellowtails

Went out of Hillsboro around 4pm to flat seas. Messed around over some wrecks and drifting pilchards but nobody was interested. As the sun set, we made our way to an anchor spot for some snapper fishing... or so we thought. The blue runners were so thick that it was **** near impossible to drift anything by them. Didn't really matter though because on 4000 size reels they are a hell of a fight. It was made all the more fun because the whole night we were harassed by a huge barracuda. Every fish was a daunting task of getting by the cuda. As evidenced by the picture, we weren't always successful. The two halves are the ones we saw get smashed. We lost at least 3 - 5 others to him. Tried catching the cuda by hooking up a smaller runner and sending him back out, but he was too smart for that. Oh well. 

We did manage 2 legitimate flag yellowtails, a couple decent mangroves, and a couple lane snappers. Had a lot of fun, got a good workout with the runners, got a show with the cuda, and got a few dinners out of the snapper. All in all not a bad night. Some of the runners we re-use for bait, and the others went to various friends that actually eat them <barf>


  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,116 Officer
    Here's a story about Blue Runners.  I never fished Riley's Hump, but I asked a Key West fisherman about fishing there years ago before the closure.  He said "here's what you need to know about fishing Riley's Hump.  During the day, there are so many triggers due to all the bottom longliners cleaning their catch that you can't get a bait past them.  You can put all the sinkers you want on your line but the triggers won't let go until all your bait is gone.  Once the sun sets and the triggers go to sleep, the Blue Runners show up and say 'you've fished enough' and all you get is one runner after another."  There might have been some slight exaggeration there, but sure made the story a lot funnier.  As for my experience with runners, I've had the flags behind the boat off Key West on nights with a moon and when the runners show up, I'm done!  Can't get a bait past them.  All you can do is move and hope you find the tails again, and that the runners don't find you.
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,555 Captain
    Wait a month or two and the Yellowtails will push the runners out of the way. Trash fish have been a problem here in Key Largo for the last few months, but every now and then the Tails will take over the bite.
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