I took 3 members of the Port ST Lucie Anglers club out to the snapper hole. The ramp area was virtually empty. The forecast was one that required accurate interpretation the seas were listed at 3 ...More
I took 3 members of the Port ST Lucie Anglers club out to the snapper hole. The ramp area was virtually empty. The forecast was one that required accurate interpretation the seas were listed at 3 to 4 feet generally above my comfort level. But the winds were predicted at only 10 Knots. The estimated period was 10 seconds with the dominate period of 11 seconds. I checked the weather buoy 41114 which lies half way between the snapper hole and Ft Pierce inlet and the buoy indicated that the seas were not wind driven waves but long period ground swells. When we got to the inlet on our way out the waves were breaking over the rocks on the north side. But the ocean and inlet appeared flat. I was able to run out at 24 knots. It was a gorgeous day out there. If you looked as the swells passed our boat you could see the height and they were every bit of 4 feet but so gentle you didn’t even feel them pass us.
The fishing was interesting as well Lots of grunts as usual and plenty of short vermilion snapper. We also had a lot of trigger fish around 13”. We caught a lot of short sea bass but one of the members did land a sea bass over 14” We also caught 3 cobia the first one was 35” the other two measured out at 27” and 28” both released. I caught a nurse shark that was around 9 feet we also caught a red snapper at around 20” that was released. We also caught 4 octopuses all released
I took a couple from the Midwest out to the close reef .The weather forecast was for 3 to 4 foot seas but the weather buoy said the seas were 2 feet so we stayed close instead of running off ...More
I took a couple from the Midwest out to the close reef .The weather forecast was for 3 to 4 foot seas but the weather buoy said the seas were 2 feet so we stayed close instead of running off shore. These people were accustom to catching largemouth bass and had never fished the ocean. We caught a lot of fish mostly small snappers including a small mutton snapper. The sea surface temperature was 79 degrees and clarity was about 25 feet. Besides the chicken rigs for the bottom I put out live bait on top we had several large barracuda hit the live bait but they kept swallowing the hook past the steel leader I finally hooked up one for them it was around a 25 pound fish being on an electronic anchor I was able to chase the fish. I found another part of the reef to fish and the wife hooked up with something big on the chicken rig, she was using a Penn 320 on a medium weight Ugly stick. She fought the fish for around 25 minutes, finally the fish came to the surface and was beat. It was a very large barracuda longer then my 150Qt cooler weighed around 40 pounds. The weather started to turn bad so we headed back with the two of them thoroughly amazed at the size and fight of the fish
I took a father and son along with a member from the Port St Lucie fishing club out to the snapper hole. Seas were light with a 5 knot south west wind. Seat surface temperature was 81 degrees and ...More
I took a father and son along with a member from the Port St Lucie fishing club out to the snapper hole. Seas were light with a 5 knot south west wind. Seat surface temperature was 81 degrees and water clarity was around 30 feet. The bottom fishing rigs were triple hook rigs with 3/0 J hooks on 40 pound Andy line, the long lines were 60pound pink Andy with 50 circle hooks. There were a lot of grunts and undersize vermilion snapper. We were using cut squid and then a combination of cut squid and cut grunt. I used the grunt heard on long lines on the bottom as well as live grunts on the top. We caught several trigger fish as well and a very large Grunt. We caught a real mice mangrove snapper measuring at 23” he took a Grunt head. They also caught and released 2 fairly large sharks each over 10 feet long. One shark took a grunt head on the bottom the other took a live grunt on the bottom. Both times the shark got hooked corner of the mouth away from the teeth. Since I was anchored electronically using my Minkota I-Pilot we were able to come off anchor and chase the sharks when the swivel hit the tip I grabbed the leader and cut it as close to the sharks mouth as I could safely, both sharks swam away to fight another day.