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Old 02-29-2016, 12:20 PM   #1
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We decided to take advantage of a weather window and head out Sunday, left out of Fort Morgan at 04:30 headed southwest. It was an easy ride out with flat seas, made it to the tuna grounds around 7:30-8:00 and set up for chunking.

First drift we hooked up and landed a nice YFT in the 70-80 pound range, that was a nice start to the day! We made maybe a half a dozen more drifts and with the seas building and only a few mystery bites we decided to pack up and head east in search of wahoo.

We hit a few rigs pulling divers, but had no takers, so we pointed the boat back north and ran in to try and pull an AJ or two up. Two rigs and a few jigs later we hooked up with a mystery fish we thought was a shark, when the fish came up we were surprised to see it was a 30-40 pound cobia!

We called it a day and made it back to the ramp at 4:00. The east lump looked like a parking lot, pretty sure every charter boat from Venice was there, but all in all it was a good day!
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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Great fish and thanks for report.Tuna bite definitely slow my buddy did overnighter to the mound then makatia nothing but blackfins and he said they were scarce
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Was it a parking lot when you got there or did the bite turn off when everyone showed up?
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Nice One, I was talking to a boat via radio this weekend, he was telling me the horseshoe area was doing pretty good, some 200 + pounders from what he was telling me....
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The horseshoes have been getting pounded for the last few weeks. 30-40 boats a day after the big tuna that have showed up on the lumps.
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Yea, the Venice fleet were all there by the time we got there. As far as the bite goes, I can't say, but a lot talk on the radio of boats hooked up with big fish the whole time we were there.
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Did they remove the rigs or are they on the bottom?
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Did they remove the rigs or are they on the bottom?
I think they removed them completely
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I think they removed them completely
Yep, and it sucks. There used to be a handful of platforms there and they had some dandy snapper, groupers, etc on them. Oh well.
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Nice. Looking forward to trip myself
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