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launched somewhere between 6:30-7 this morning jus across 3mb on the gulf breeze spot. fished a bayou over there dont know the name of it. found some specks and accidently pulled my lure away from the only one that was gonna eat :banghead lots of trout blowin up but super spooky. my jig head hit my yak and i didnt see another trout for 15 mins.

meet a friend back by the launch round 9. we went out to the first small hump of 3mb. nothing so we went a little further and anchored up and didnt get a hit, so we went to the middle cause there were a lot of boats down there. we switched sides and anchored up. few white trout being caught by the boats. if u werent on top of em you didnt catch them and the spot they were in was pretty much blocked out by boats so we werent able to get in the action. i lost a few.then my friend hooks into wat i think was a bull red. i unclipped him and he started gettin pulled then it took him in the rocks. a minute or so later i was on one to. had my mitchell 300 locked down and it started goin for the rocks. i pulled the anchor to try and keep it out but still broke me off in em. reset the anchor and someone cast over me and tangle me up. i told the guy to stop pullin so i could fix it but he wouldnt so i got a new rig. i pulled the anchor then and went to move it and it wouldnt come up. stuck in the rocks.

i tried everything to get it up. i paddled as fast as i could in every direction tryin to get it up but nothing would give. so finally i pulled all the slack outta of it and in the water i went. first dive down i got to bout 10ft started to equilize my ears and nothing they wouldnt pop. so i surfaced quickly and popped em before and dove back down made it to bout 15ft then i started feelin pressure and couldnt get em to pop again. came up and went down one more time nothing. i tried holding on to the rope and swimmin up but that did nothing. so we pulled as much as we could up and cut it. i tried to dive down and cut it but it was like 3/4in rope and my dull knife wouldnt do anything to it in the amount of time i had from a breath.

so yah we got skunked but the 30 secs my friend had the red on got him hooked so we got a new yak fisherman among us.
 

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and as i was goin to GB this afternoon i saw 2 suv leavin 17th i think it was ollie and seth but not sure. maybe they will have a report with better luck.
 

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jaceboat (1/22/2010)and as i was goin to GB this afternoon i saw 2 suv leavin 17th i think it was ollie and seth but not sure. maybe they will have a report with better luck.
You are correct sir! I talked to Ollie earlier and he said they kept getting thier skrimp taken by what turned out to be spade fish and sheep head. Ollie said Seth caught a nice red and I think Ollie caught a spade and a sheephead. I'm sure Ollie will chime in at some point.

Nice report! I can't wait til the water warms up! I wanna go out but I'm afraid the stink of dead mullet won't be worth fishing and I'm sure the rotting fish will deplete the oxygen in some of thespots I normally fish this time of year causing second hand fish kill?
 

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Have you tried to rig your anchor from the bottom and attach the rope up the shank with some ties?If youget hung up, you should be able to break the ties on the shaft and pull the anchor out from the bottom.
 

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chaps, that is what I was thinking... Attach the anchor line to the eye on the bottom and then use lightweight (15-20lb) zip ties to attach the line to the top eye. If it snags, pull on the line, break the tie and the anchor pulls out from the bottom eye...

But man, I gotta give you credit for going after it. Ballsy. I have heard of some guys keeping a set of fins and a mask in the hull for occasions like that.

Here's a pic of the anchor rigged with a breakable zip tie...

 

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the 3mb is littered with debris from many years of storms. there is also a pipeline that lays just off the east side of the driving bridge . a great place to lose an anchor. CHAPS, your idea is a great one. how bout a pic to show the guys what you explained . As far as Seth and I yesterday, Seth landed a bull red. I landed a descent size spade fish at just over 15'' and and 18'' sheepie. caught on live shrimp, carolina rig with 1/2 once egg weight. tossing up current with a slow retrieval. got robbed a bunch and decided to start setting the hook with the slightest nibble, those spade fish are quick. i did lose a monster sheepie yak side though, probably bout ten#. next calm day, i'm going out and loading up on the theives.
 

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Jace,



You're ballsier than I my friend. I have had to go after an anchor on snorkel gear once before but it was April with 70degree water temp. Somebody showed me that zip-tie rig, I'm thinking I'll have to give it a try.



By the way, if you went into the Eastern most Bayou in Gulf Breeze, that's Hoffman's. The one just West is Wayside, and a little farther West is Deadman's.



Too bad about the break-offs, but you'll get em next time.

Alex
 

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That is a good pic. I like to add a few more zip ties down the shaft just to keep the anchor from inadvertenly releasing. If I get it stuck, I give a couple quick snap pules and it slowly breaks the snap ties.
 

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the reds hit either gulp shrimp or gulp jerk shad i cant remember which one i had down. i know my friends was on a gulp shrimp. wat really annoyed me was i had planned on bringing my speargun, mask, and fins that morning but decided not to when i got up. i could see sheepshead around the pilings and saw one guy catch one. i know almost exactly were teh anchor is so i might go back and try to get it later.
 

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i have never seen that zip tie rig but it will defiantly go on the next one. i dont know if i would have done it for my own anchor but it was my friend brand new anchor and it was attached to my yak cause i had a trolley so i felt kinda obligated. he kept sayin its alright if u dont want to and i jus told him im atleast gonna try. im so glad i have a warm wetsuit.
 
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