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Boynton 7/26 - Cuda, Cuda, Cuda...and King

After convincing my son that our new little whaler isn't the boat to take our guest out on today, we left the dock around 7:30am and cleared the inlet by 8am. To my surprise, the water was clear, clean and weed-free outside 80'. Lines were in and started trolling between 100' and 400' northbound. 8:30am in about 200' - wham - short port rigger with a skirted ballyhoo has fish on. Cuda! 9:15am in about 300' long port rigger goes off - bonito strip with pink popper. Cuda. 10am in about 250' short starboard rigger with green/yellow feathers goes off. Cuda. :hairraiser We had 6 cudas by noon not including the 2 cutoffs. They were hitting everything. At least our out of town guest and my son were happy pulling them in....

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Not exactly what I was looking for. I turned back heading south towards the inlet, having decided to call it a day, then the planer trips, and finally something we can take home :)

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There were very few signs of life - only a handful of fliers. At least we didn't spend the day cleaning our lines and we had some bent rods!

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  • BocaBocaBocaBoca Posts: 607 Officer
    Nice post and pix. My son is after a Cuda....so it's out and after them later this week! Thanks for the post.
  • Sea EraSea Era Posts: 491 Officer
    Smiling faces, bent rods and dinner can't beat it.
  • jah sonjah son Posts: 236 Officer
    Looks like fun!

    Have you tried eating 'Cudas? If not, try a small one. I like them a lot better than kings.
    Knowing is half the battle. The other half is violence.

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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    "Have you tried eating 'Cudas? If not, try a small one. I like them a lot better than kings."

    I have ... by accident .... long strory.... newbie error :-) and it was good. But once I realized my error, couldn't sleep all night! Not worth it I think since the kids partake in most fish meals - like this load of dip I made today out of yesterday's king.

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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    BocaBoca wrote: »
    Nice post and pix. My son is after a Cuda....so it's out and after them later this week! Thanks for the post.

    Typically if I have a guest in town and we're in danger of getting skunked, I troll ballyhoo over the shallow reefs and wreck south of the inlet and that normally produces one or two. But 6 in the boat at different depths tearing up whatever we offered???????
  • flvol77flvol77 Posts: 261 Officer
    jah son wrote: »
    Looks like fun!

    Have you tried eating 'Cudas? If not, try a small one. I like them a lot better than kings.

    I know a few people that will eat them as long as its smaller cuda, in the bahamas they eat them all time, in fact a lot of captains bring a couple back for the locals. They seem to love them.
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    flvol77 wrote: »
    I know a few people that will eat them as long as its smaller cuda, in the bahamas they eat them all time, in fact a lot of captains bring a couple back for the locals. They seem to love them.

    Right. I sometimes give them to one of the charter capt at Boynton. There's a fish market that buys them. They sell to "islanders".
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,439 Admiral
    jah son wrote: »
    Looks like fun!

    Have you tried eating 'Cudas? If not, try a small one. I like them a lot better than kings.

    From what I have read not only on this forum but others like the hull truth, I personally would stay away from the cudas regardless of size due to Ciguatera poisoning. :stinkfish

    The symptoms (which there is no cure for) may or may not eventually subside but people have been misdiagnosed from MS to fibromyalgia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciguatera

    I guess if you are confident.. go for it. :grin

    Cheers

    Eric
    PLANE FISH N
  • FishNfoolFishNfool Posts: 142 Deckhand
    Eat a Cuda? I don't think I would ever eat a cuda. :puke I would probably be the one that gets ciguatera poisoning...and please don't say it tastes like chicken
  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    I'm with you Eric. Not worth the risk. But come to think about it other reef fish carry the toxins as well - snapper, grouper etc.... is it more prevalent in cuda or stronger??? Anyone knows?
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