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|06-05-2011, 09:18 PM||#1|
Ruby Red Lip
Join Date: Aug 2009
Left out of Sportsman's at 6:00 a.m. with a crew of five, including two guys who hadn't done much salt water fishing (one was from Indiana). Conditions were just about perfect. We stopped in about 100 feet of water and quickly put some nice snapper in the box (along with some triggers - one the size of a garbage can lid). It was good to bend a pole right of the bat, but we were eager to get to blue water and left them biting a few fish short of our limit.
Ran out to the dumping grounds looking for a rip that was showing up on Roffs. Well, sure enough, as soon as we came off plane we picked up a very nice, well defined weedline in pretty water. This thing went on for miles and miles, not sure we ever found the end of it. We put out a pelagic spread and followed the weedline east towards the Spur.
As pretty as it looked, large stretches of the weedline seemed pretty lifeless. However, there were some really large patches of weed and those were holding bait. After trolling for about an hour we got a mystery knockdown with no hookup, and a few minutes later a big dolphin came rushing out from under the weeds and slammed a pink and white Islander / ballyhoo combo. Really cool to watch that bite happen. The angler from Indiana was up, and watching that fish jump just about blew his mind. Unfortunately, the fish took line back into the weed and during the last half of the fight the fish was hamstrung by a huge clump of grass that was hung on the swivel. So, he was pretty green when we got the gaff in him. We swung him right into the box, and he flipped right back out, doing the whole dolphin goes berserk on the deck routine. I had to hit him with the fish bat numerous times to get him settled down. THAT really blew the Indiana angler's mind.
In typical fashion for us, nobody thought to take a single picture. Fish was quality though, at least 35 lbs if not 40.
It was hot and oily calm as we continued trolling down the weedline with no other action. There were a few other boats out there, but not many. At one point, we noticed a huge commotion off to the south, a school of big yellowfin were busting all over something, and they were headed our way. I figured they would sound well before reaching us, but they continued busting and skyrocketing almost right up to us and all through our spread. The sight of those huge fish launching out of the water is something else, and we were all holding our breath as they approached. However, whatever they were after was more interesting than our ballyhoo, we didn't get a single bite. They sounded right after that and we never saw them come up again.
We worked the weedline pretty hard with no further action. Even when we tried to jig up some chicken dolphin huge hardtails kept beating them to the hook. Our newbies had a blast catching them on light spinning tackle. It finally got so hot that we had to put out a high speed wahoo spread and head back north just to get a breeze going. No luck. Hit some deep water spots for mingo on the way in but the bite was slow - the only thing they would hit was one of those weird looking Shimano Lucanus (sp?) jigs. That thing got bit all day by just about everything - snapper, triggers, mingos, and even a very large bonita almost at the boat.
The west wind had really picked up by later afternoon and the ride in was a little rough and slow. All in all, though, a great day on the water, and our guests had a blast. I hope somebody pulled a billfish off of that rip b/c it sure was pretty.
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