Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by PMCGoldenEraG8R, Dec 10, 2008.
this thread sure has fallen. No football, no basketball, it's time to go fishing. Spent some time on the water around Sanibel and found threadfin but no whitebait. Odd this time of year. Snook were hungry, lost a couple of large ones to light line. Son had one 40" + inhale a threadfin shortly after it hit the surface. it only lasted 2 seconds before he was around the dock but it was fun.
Taking the kids and my cousin down to Key Largo tonight to fish out of Ocean Reef tomorrow for their first real mahi trip. Hopefully the fishing forecast is right on. Seems like the winds are going to pick up Sat pm so glad we are going Saturday
Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The fishing has really heated up this week as the dolphin are really showing up in good numbers! Depths from 400-to 1200-feet have had nice weed lines and the fish have been plentiful. Some really nice slammer sized fish all the way down to schoolies, pretty much all you want the last few days. The swordfishing has been picking up as well, with some nice fish from 80 to 300 pounds being caught this week. The humps are holding some smaller size blackfin tuna and amberjacks, as well as the usual men in the gray suits. Looking for all this to continue to get even better as the weekend approaches. The weather this weekend looks to be a little blustery as the winds are going to pick up to around 20 mph out of the east, so the smaller boats might have a little trouble, but if you have a boat that can do it safely then the fishing should be excellent! Bait has been the toughest part this week, but we have managed to put a well full together each day. Not many pilchards around, but some cigar minnows and ballyhoo have been somewhat reliable. The jacks on the weeds are getting bigger, but not really to the size we like but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they are.
Mahi fishing sucked out of Ocean Reef. Definitely not the spot for mahi but we salvaged the trip with a few dozen yellowtail and one massive 30 lb black grouper to go along with the two schoolies we boated
Got this pic from a buddy in West End. Supposedly 102 lbs
That's the largest mahi I have ever seen
World record is in the 80# range.... no way that one is 100+ pounds...
I was just down in the keys last week and got a nice 35-40 pound bull... there was pretty good dolphin fishing about 25-30 miles off shore...
All tackle record is 87# caught in Costa Rica. My uncle held (maybe still does) the 30lb line class record caught in Ft Pierce at 77lbs 2oz.
I'll try to follow up with an official weight on that one pictured.
Multiple apologies, all. Didn't spruce up and am showing a little man boob but figured I'd bump the thread with a red (26"). Just recently found an area that produces fairly well. Started the day trying to catch a tarpon off the beach but it was just too windy/wavy out there; plus, every bait was catching another 2 1/2' shark. Moved inside, changed tackle and fished the mangroves. Home by noon. Now watching softball vs. Auburn. Go Gators.
By the way, on-the-half-shell, on the grill, for dinner.
30 lb black, a pair of schoolies, and around 2 dozen yellowtail
record 124 + lb black caught off Ft. Myers in tournament last weekend makes my little 30 pounder look puny
Newman's grouper weighed 124.18 pounds and was measured at 57 inches with a 48 inch girth.
The angler who caught a potential world record black grouper Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico will need to provide detailed information to get his catch verified .
Alex Newman, 30, of Bonita Springs, managed to land the 124.18-pound black grouper during the 3rd Annual Offshore Rodeo Fishing Tournament to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida.
Newman at first didn't realize the fish was a potential world record, thinking it was 90 or so pounds. When he and the crew on the 33-foot Honey Money tried to lift it into the boat, they realized the significance and the size.
A tarpon on Father's Day! What a treat. Jumped 11 times in 4 minutes! Went out with Bob (my best friend and UF buddy from Tolbert 5 back in the late 70's) in a two person kayak. Fished for about an hour and 20 minutes when we hooked up. Been a while so we didn't play him all that well (decided there was no real reason to bow and were not at all prepared for a release). Great day though.
I'm going to Bimini this week... May run to the canyons for the yft.
I was thinking of bottom fishing the gingerbreads but never bottom fished to the north. You ever been up that way?
Never bottom fished around Bimini. Always chased tunas and marlin there closer to Chub. But up north of West end basically due east of Ft. Pierce/Stuart I have had some epic overnight snapper/grouper trips there. Its been a few years but the last trip we caught 20+ yellowfins to the north in the day, ran south along white sands and caught a swordfish and dolphin at night then anchored and wore oursleves out on blacks and dog snapper all night. Returning home we busted a screw on the boat but managed two marlin releases, more tunas and dolphin.
Have fun. Too busy with kids and baseball these days.
Edited this tarpon video -
that is a gator hat he has on
first ever halibut. Captain John on In and Out Charters is great trip. Nautigirl is the boat out of Seward
I finally get to contribute to the thread . . . . .I went fishing!
Went to bimini for 2 days. . . .lots of schollie mahi, skipjack and blackfin tuna, tons of flag yellow tails and keeper grouper and some very good night mutton fishing. We caught a bunch of big muttons in a couple hours . . .
Ha, what a piss poor photo! Can't hardly see that red. Now who wants to look at an ol' fish head? Again, for your viewing pleasure. I give you:
My 12 year old caught this monster snook tonight right off the beach in Sanibel!