Red and Josh
Well The weather was a little rough. The winds were blowing from the S.W. and to top it off it was a full moon. Red and Josh have been out with me before. This time we entered a offshore tournament out of Squid lips. Well we met up at 5:30 a.m. at the Inlet. With the choppy conditions it took awhile to get offshore. We got lines out at 6:45 a.m. We had two early knock downs and lost one and caught one Dolphin. They both were 10lb. range. The bite didn’t last very long. We found some nice weeds which came together nicely in the afternoon when the winds finally laid down. Fishing was slow all day for everyone. We ended catching a Barracuda and had two little hits from small fish. At the weigh in it was all small fish. 20lb. Dolphin 1st, 19lb. Wahoo 1st, 40lb kingfishnd 1st, and 33lb Grouper 1st. Gotta love tournaments! role of the dice! It was a fun day though and the weather did clear up. Thanks again Red and Josh. See you in the fall.
Dan, Dave, and Wes
West winds this morning. We were kind of not sure if we wated to go for Dolphin or Permit. It came down to a coin toss. The quater landed on heads twice. Dolphin fishing it would be. The winds were S.W. 10 – 15 mph. It was a little choppy in the morning, but laid down nice in the afternoon. We worked our way S.E. and put lines out at 12oft. We trolled for a few hours . It was slow in the morning. We made our way back and forth from 120 ft. to 280ft. a couple of times.
It was 1:40 p.m. when we finally hooked our first fish, actually two fish. It was a double hook up on Dolphin. Dan grabbed the bigger fish and I grabbed the smaller one. We landed both. We trolled back to that spot and hooked up another 20lb. plus Dolphin. Dave did a good job of cranking that one in. Well, we trolled for a bit longer and no luck. After we left we heard on the radio that they turned on. You know what they say hind sight is 20/20. It was still a beautiful day and we each got a fat bag of Dolphin.
Mike and Todd
Cinco de Mahi, Mike and Todd are brothers. Todd lives in Michigan and Mike is a local in Vero area. With the afternoon winds lately, the plan was to get a early start and leave the dock at 6 a.m. We headed S.E. and it was a little rough. Once we made our way out into 150ft. we put our lines out. We worked our way out to 250ft. and back into 180ft. and only one knock down and it broke off. The line was chaffed, I dont understand, I just put new line on that reel the night before. Well, that sucked because it was toying with me for awhile why we were not getting any more hits. Talking to a few friends that were fishing in 500ft. they had a few Dolphin in the box.
We pulled in our lines and ran out to 500ft. where we found a few weeds and some what of a line. We picked up one Dolphin within 10 mins. of fishing it. Mike got to catch the first fish. We circled back around and had one more fish hit the left rigger, just couldn’t get it hooked up.Â After trolling that area good, we made our way back into 150ft. where there was a nice rip with some decent weeds. With in minutes it was fish on. Todd here you go! Todds first Dolphin. Next pass and fish on! Mike was up and landed a nice Dolphin on light tackle. While Mike was fighting that fish, We hooked another Dolphin that was good size maybe 40lbs. it jumped and bent the hook. We stayed with it and hooked one more Dolphin which was Todds and it was a good fish. 20lbs. plus. Nice catch! Todd did a great job of reeling that fish to the boat. Well we decided to call it after that. What a great day! all the action at the end made it. Thanks Mike and Todd it was a pleaure fishing with you. Enjoy that fresh fish!
John A. and I
Another perfect day. The winds are is still calm. We decided to head offshore and try for some Dolphin. We headed straight out to 130 ft. and started trolling some ballyhoo’s. We had a few small misses and that was that. We trolled out to 300ft. and back in to 150ft. It was 11:15 a.m. and we decided to try our luck out with some live baits ont the bottom.
We were fishing the 90 ft. ledge and I caught one 23 ” Grouper. While we were bottom fishing two small schools of Dolphin swam up to the boat. On the second school there was one decent size Dolphin. I was able to pitch a live bait in the right spot and hooked up with a nice cow. I love sight casting to Dolphin. John and I kept busy for a bit. We kept 7 fish total and released a few that were pretty small. What a great day!
Tiffany and Me
The weather was nice, the wind was a 10 mph. out of the south. The Ocean had a little chop, it wasn’t bad enough to cancel. Its Sunday and I am going fishing, Thats a new one for me. Tiffany was coming and I was wanting to put her on some fish.
We went to Bethel to get bait, The bait was there but it was tricky. We got our few dozen and headed out. The winds were letting off and the sun was shining. I was wanting to slow troll some live one’s. We Had three lines out and were moving along when Tiffany says, Hey Eric whats that behind the engine? Well, that would be a Cobia. I Quickly grabbed the rod with a bucktail and tossed it back. It was 33″, just big enough for the grill. Good eyes Tiffany!
We kept fishing and fishing. It was slow. We caught a small king, a big Barracuda, and Tiffany got a Dolphin big enough for the box. She pitched a live bait and the fish slammed it. Good job Tiff. Well we decided to call it and head in. Thanks Tiff for coming fishing and putting up with me.
Greg, Dave, and Greg Jr. We headed to get bait, with the moon still full the bait was impossible to catch. we managed to get a dozen and decided to go use them. We were bottom fishing in 90ft. when a school of small dolphin came up to the boat. I quickly got a live bait out on a free-line. They wouldn’t hit so I cut a couple of baits into chunks and started to chum. It didn’t take long and they were feeding. Greg ended up with the biggest fish which was close to 10lbs. We caught 6 and decided that was enough for a few dinners. Dave caught a small kingfish. We ran out of bait and decided to call it a half day. Thanks guys, I look forward to fishing with you again.