I took a couple from Texas out to the north end of the snapper hole. This was their first fishing trip in the ocean. Seas were 2 to 3 foot and the current was running fairly strong, we were near a ...More
I took a couple from Texas out to the north end of the snapper hole. This was their first fishing trip in the ocean. Seas were 2 to 3 foot and the current was running fairly strong, we were near a new moon. The sea temperature was 79 degrees and water clarity was about 15 feet. We started in 80 feet of water and then moved out to 100 foot depth. At the 80 foot mark they caught a lot of grunts which we used for both live bait and cut bait. We also caught a lot of vermilion snapper all of which were short. When we got to the 100 foot depth they dropped the lines in and immediately caught a true red snapper. They also started catching nice size trigger fish. They were using a 3 hook chicken rig with 8 ounces of lead to hold bottom. They had cut grunt and cut squid for bait. Twice they caught 2 red snappers at the same time on the chicken rig, the first time it was a 15’ and a 23” red snapper. The second time they caught 2 on one rig the guy had a real hard time getting it to the boat, when he got it to the boat it was 2 real nice red snappers one was 15” the other 27”. When we were done they caught and released 11 red snapper most of them between 20” and 27”I used a vent tool to release the air from their blatter. I picked them up from Club Med so they couldn’t keep any fish so even the trigger fish were released.
Yesterday Charles Brantley, Earl Ashton, Chet Kitchen, Vicky Gaunt and I fishing the KDW benefit tournament for ARC of Martin County. We department my house at 5:30 in the morning. We broke St ...More
Yesterday Charles Brantley, Earl Ashton, Chet Kitchen, Vicky Gaunt and I fishing the KDW benefit tournament for ARC of Martin County. We department my house at 5:30 in the morning. We broke St Lucie inlet at 6:30 and headed to an area in 50 feet of water where several boats were trying to get live bait. I stayed there about 10 minutes, we weren't having any luck nor did i see any other boat get any bait the fish finder was not showing much as well so we gave it up and headed off shore. Our first destination was the Roosevelt which is in the south east corner of an artificial reef in 70 to 100 feet of water. We trolled around there and then trolled off shore to the trolling reef in 180 feet of water from that area we trolled out to push button hill in 240 to 280 feet of water. We caught 1 barracuda there, After trolling that area for a while I decided to ry the deeper water we trolled ot as deep as 700 feet of water with no strikes We were trolling 7 lines after trolling out there for a while we worked are way back toward shore The seas in the morning wee flat less then 1 foot. but around noon the wind picked up and seas rew to 2 to 3 feet. There were storms popping up bit with the radar I was able to tell they weren't close enough to us to be of any direct concern. but by 2:30 the sky really looked bad and it was clear it wasn't going to happen for our dedicated crew. In the end the total fish count for the tournament was light with only 1 small dolphin weighed in 4.7 pounds and a few king fish. Though we didn't do as well as I would have liked we had a great time and its always great to be on the water I'm sure we will try again next year.
I took a couple out to the snapper hole for their anniversary. They had a really good day. The weather was over cast with high probability of rain with very flat seas. There was a large storm ...More
I took a couple out to the snapper hole for their anniversary. They had a really good day. The weather was over cast with high probability of rain with very flat seas. There was a large storm south of us using the radar I determined it was 10 miles away and was going to move past us without affecting us, that was the only rain issue we encountered till we got home. The first spot was 12 miles north east of Fort Pierce Inlet. The water temperature was 78 degrees, water clarity was 25 feet. We were using cut squid and then a combination of cut squid and cut grunts. I also bought live bait on the way out from a guy in the inlet. Besides the triple hook chicken rig they each had I put a two live baits on top with floats and a live bait on the bottom, I also put a grunt head on a long line on the bottom
I made lots of moves throughout the day, each from several hundred feet to .3 miles, northerly. By using my I-Pilot to anchor moving is really painless and easy. We caught lots of grunts and short vermilion snapper also a lot of short trigger fish. They caught several nice Lane Snapper, 2 legal dolphin, a real nice mutton snapper, I very nice gray snapper (mangrove snapper), and a very large nurse shark about 9 feet long.