Fort Lauderdale - Afternoon Offshore drifts - March 14th + 15th, 2021
Fish were all taken on slow pitch jigs worked through the water column between 200-400ft deep. A keeper Mutton always makes the day, nice to get one within the first 30 minutes of wetting a line.
A headboat moved in on my location, so I was displaced out a little deeper to get this doubleheader of baby Amberjacks.
No trip is complete without getting Prudential life insurance(a piece of the rock) -- Luckily this time it broke off the bottom so I did not lose my jig.
Other catches included Sand Tilefish, Little Tunny, and Blackfin Tuna
On afternoon #2, (15th) the legs were a little tired, so there was no fighting the 2kt+ current just drifting. It was a little frustrating as I missed several good marks of fish on account of the current.
The first Blackfin I took was grabbed by something mid-depth and pulled a little extra drag before it was released.
This has happened to me before, and I suspect a billfish, a wahoo would have put a bigger dent, and a cuda would have been more sloppy. Most of the drift was slow fishing because the current made it hard to hit the marks, but I still managed to get a few.
Always nice to have some fresh sushi!