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Old 10-15-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Got to head out for the last blue water trip of the season on Friday. Left out of Sportsman's before daybreak, strong north wind made for slick seas inshore but it chopped up pretty quick offshore. By the time we got to the nipple it was solid 3-4s and pretty sporty. Water was clean blue / green. We got a mystery knockdown on an islander combo before we even got all the lines out. Two more knockdowns in the morning, but couldn't buy a hookup.

Around noon the wind died down to a light breeze and the seas settled down right away. Soon thereafter, we decided to work in a little further north in 250-300 feet of water. Turned out to be the right call, water was prettier and full of flyers and small blackfin. We got a decent mahi on a dolphin colored skirt following a bait shower teaser to get the skunk off of the boat. Shortly thereafter we had a billfish crash a blue and white islander and miss the hook. We didn't get a good look at and it didn't hang around. We picked up a little blackfin and probably could have loaded the boat if we had targeted them. But, the billfish had us thinking bigger.

We spent the afternoon working little rips and eddies that were holding flying fish. Got a couple of wahoo strikes on diving plugs, but again, no solid hookups. Frustrating doesn't even cover it.

Finally, right at the end of the day, we got a solid hook set on a nice hooter. He inhaled a black and orange yozuri Bonita, and ran right to the boat after a short run. We didn't think there was much to him until we got him boat side. We were very pleasantly surprised when he hit the deck - didn't weigh him but was probably around 45 lbs. When we cleaned it there were two chicken dolphin in his stomach, so pull some yellow and green. Will try to post some pics early next week.

All in all, great day on the water. Weather was perfect after lunch, and the blue water is pushed up north of the nipple. It is real fishy out there right now, tons of flyers and blackfin. Didn't see much grass or floating debris, but the current is pushing up over the ledge and concentrating bait. Get out there and catchem up and don't forget to post your reports!
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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sounds like a good time! if you thought you were frustrated..try studying for an exam in land locked gainesville instead of getting offshore this week!! lol
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Great report. We all have rubber hook days.
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