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Old 10-07-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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Well, my brother met me in Pensacola Friday afternoon. He's been living in Houston since graduating from LSU and we haven't seen each other or had a chance to fish much together since. The goal was an offshore rig trip to Petronius and the rigs around it.

We were watching the weather closely as a cold front was scheduled to come through Friday and Saturday leading to high winds and fairly unfavorable conditions.

We pulled out of the marina around 1pm Saturday afternoon loaded for an overnight offshore trip. The nearshore waves were virtually non-existant, but boy it was windy... blowing about 25knts. It just so happened the north wind was blowing in the same direction we were going, south... So on the way out there was virtually zero wind resistance on the boat, it felt like we were standing still... Until we got about 10 miles out and the wind fetch started creating waves....

The size of the waves increased from nothing to over 5' by the time we reached the rigs. The wave period was real short making navigation a handfull. I never felt un-safe, but it was definitely not the most comfortable fishing in the world! Saw several swells that were taller than my T-top when we were in the trough.

We got to Petronius about 6pm and within about 5 mins had the first Blackfin Tuna of the trip in the boat. We proceeded to catch them pretty regular until the sun started to set, then we pulled in the lines and snugged up to the rig to try some jigging.

Well... the tuna had lockjaw and the sharks and barracudas were HUNGRY. Literally 20 4-6' sharks circling the boat in the underwater lights . Every fish we hooked became dinner. Lost several jigs and several fish. We tried backing off the rig, but the tax collectors just followed us. We got tired of messing with them around 10pm and decided to move to a further offshore rig.

We saw one in the distance, thinking it was Discoverer Deep Seas, but when we arrived it was actually Deepwater Champion. We arrived to see a school of Yellowfin Busting a school of flying fish. Sadly... that was the last time they hit the surface, guessing we arrived just as they were departing. The rest of the night a school of dolphin (flipper) was constantly chasing the flying fish around. Other than getting to watch the dolphin corral the flying fish nothing else was going on at the rig. We decided to call it a night and drop the sword lines in and drift until daybreak.

Overnight there were massive schools of squid in our underwater lights, flying fish all around us.... and no game fish anywhere. I'm guessing the cold front gave them lockjaw. We tried every bait in our box as well as live squid and many other live baits.

The next morning was no different, not much action... until about 10am... and then it was on. We caught mahi, barracuda, my brother lost a massive wahoo right at the boat. I hooked the biggest Mahi I'd ever seen right at the boat on a 12" hardtail. On his first jump (over 10' into the air) my line snapped, must have had a knick in it. That was a hard loss, this mahi was HUGE 6' long+ Giant square head!!!

Didn't take many pics on the water, it was too rough to be screwing with a camera, but we did get one of one of the Mahi's we landed. Only took this pic b/c it was the first Mahi our boat has ever landed!! The mahi skunk has left the building!!!

Sadly, about the time the fishing REALLY turned on, it was time for us to depart. We stayed as long as we could, but there was a long choppy/sloppy rough ride waiting on us. Furthest point offshore on this trip was about 98 miles out, didn't quite break the 100mi barrier! Was great getting to spend some time on the water with my brother!!

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Old 10-07-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great trip despite the seas. No country for old men. Great report.
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Sounds like a great trip despite the seas. No country for old men. Great report.
I'm not going to lie to you... I still feel like an old man today!! Body still aching!!
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Did you try to chunk? And did you mark any fish?
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Did you try to chunk? And did you mark any fish?
Didn't chunk b/c we didn't have enough blackfin, wanted to make sure we at least left with some fish in the box

We only marked one big fish, looked like a yellowfin. Bait and bait balls were everywhere but we weren't really marking any fish under them. Most of the fish we marked (blackfin) were between 100' and 200'.
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Nice report. I say you guys are warriors to hang in there in rough water.

Wish you had gotten the big Bull. He had to be a stud to eat a bait like that.
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still with all the trouble, a nice sized bull.

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Way to hang in there, despite the rough conditions.
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Way to go, that's a nice catch!
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