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Old 05-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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With the bright moon I decided to hit the Gulf just before sunrise.

Lots of wind chop and really close together breakers made for a bumpy wet day.

I thought I was going to be done before I got started. Just past the first sand bar I look down and with just enough light to see, there is a solid forty or fifty pound ling swimming right beside me. I scramble for my cobia rod and the I of course still had the leashes on and of course the leash is wrapped up good around the handle. As quick as I can I untangle the mess and the fish is gone.

Oh well, good way to get the blood flowing not even thirty yards from the beach.

I bait up with cigcicles behind a black and purple duster just after the second bar. Until about two pier lengths out the grass was scattered and fouled me up a couple times. End up going a mile and a half out according to the GPS with neary a run so I turn back in. Just before seven Im in about fifty ft of water and flying fish are are every where and a king skies about eight ft in the air right in front of me. Ive seen king sky many times but never that close. It was amazing. I dont know if it was the same fish but a couple minutes later I get my first of three kings of the day. In between the kings I was catching several nice spanish including this stud. The wind was blowing pretty decent from the ESE. All of the fish were caught in the same area. Once i caught, released and rebaited I had drifted a good clip to the NW so I would paddle back SE and get bit in the same area every time. You can clearly see every fish I caught on the track feature on my GPS.

No sail seen nor mahi though I did think I had a mahi on, good solid run but no jump and the cig came back mangled instead of cut like a mackerel would do.

While fighting the big spanish I had a large loggerhead pop up right beside me. I literally could have patted him on the head. The pic is bad as I was fighting the fish but you can see him in the upper left of the photo.

The mahi are still there because a solid one was caught today off the pier.

Since last Monday Ive caught my first king, mahi and cobia from yak. Not a bad seven days if I do say so my self.






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Old 05-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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Wow! Nice fish and it sounds like a great week. Might have to take some yak fishing lessons from you. I have gone out a few times in my yak and have caught nothing. i am new to all of this so reading all of these post I am trying to educate myself. Anyways, Great fish!
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Nice catches. Im headed out tomorrow morning. Hope I run into some mahi.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Awesome Man!!!!!!
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Sounds like a great week.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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Man, that is a fat ass spanish.
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That is a VERY productive week of fishing. Congrats.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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the cig came back mangled instead of cut like a mackerel would do
did it look like something ate mostly everything but the head and spine leaving just a little bit of mush for meat? i started using trailer hooks after that. i have a pic but my photobucket wont load it from my phone. would have been cool to catch one on my first real trip in the surf!

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Nice catch. I love to target spanish mackerel. They're my favorite offshore fish off the Texas coast.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #10
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Awsome!!! - which kayak do you fish offshore? Recomendations? How about the rest of you guys? Thanks
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