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Sunday @ The Pass

Launched @ 6:45 looking at a higher tide to fish the beach. Started with topwaters and got a few jacks. Lost 2 large fish. Fought them for maybe 10 seconds each and then slack line. Reeled in the lure, check for broke/bent hooks. Nope. Just came unbuttoned. Frustration to say the least. Into the Morgan River and managed an 18 and 16-inch trout. Got a 15 lb. Goliath grouper on blue Yo-Zuri jerk bait. Nice fight until it basically "gave up". To a little mangrove island and throwing the jerk bait.....Big fish, another 10 second fight, and another large fish off. The topwater and jerkbait have brand new hooks. Cannot understand losing these fish! Out the new cut by Kice island with chunk ladyfish. Girlfriend did get a 3-foot blacktip to finish the day. On the trailer @ noon.
Kind of weird seeing the absence of traffic on Marco in late March. I understand the "we are closed".....The ramp was full when loading the boat.
Gonna give it another try this coming weekend. Hopefully with maybe larger hooks on the lures to give the fish something to sink their lips into!
Be safe, see you in the 10K Islands!

Polar 1900 Yamaha 115


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,631 Captain
    When you’re pulling hooks early in the fight using hard baits (lures).... The first thing I’d do is lighten your drag a bit if you’re using braid... Unlike monofilament lines - braid has no stretch or “give” which makes it a lot easier for a fish to shake a hook... Tight drags combined with a relatively stiff rod is a quick way to come un-buttoned in my experience.  

    That’s why if I’m building a rod specifically to use with braid I’ll choose a bit softer rod blank than I’d use for a rod designed for mono...

    Hope this helps...

    Be a hero... take a kid fishing.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 1,058 Officer
    I know you are experienced enough to check new hooks to.make sure they are sharp but......

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