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.
After last week’s blow the water was dirty and cold but as this week progressed, the water warmed back up and cleared up. The last few trips to the snapper hole were difficult we were able to put ...More
After last week’s blow the water was dirty and cold but as this week progressed, the water warmed back up and cleared up. The last few trips to the snapper hole were difficult we were able to put a catch together but really had to work at moving around a lot. I decided to move north out past Bethel shoals into 80 feet of water. The water was 80 degrees and very clear. We had a lot of vermilion snapper most were short and a few nice lane snapper, but there were a lot of large trigger fish up to 20”. We also caught a large shark which the charter enjoyed fighting. We also caught a real nice size sea bass and a dolphin just over legal. The most unusual catch was a very large puffer fish, biggest I’d ever seen. I was checked by FWC back at the ramp when the officer looked in our box I knew he was thinking I got him. When he put it on his tape measure it was over the 20” minimum he almost looked disappointed, I told him I put it on my measuring stick and new it was a legal fish.