Guiding Randy and Sebastian, is always fun for me, now, just like it has been over the years.
The team and I, went offshore and caught a cobia, mutton and lane snappers, blue runners and some mackerel. Then we headed out in the deep sea for some "monster fish" fishing. We never got a bite for 10-minutes, so Randy asked me "Whats up? Are we in the right area?" Randy is really very patient. He needs patience to survive his profession. I just said "Oh yeah" and hoped the fish would cooperate.
Not much time passed, and like in the movie Jaws the rod twitched, Randy slowly picked it up, and checked the drag setting and held on tight. The rod is a big rod, like the ones used for giant tuna fishing.
The line started moving out, and Randy set the hook. Usually when monster fishing I suggest a harness/belt, and a rope tied to the angler. No way for Randy. He is a purist, no attachments.
Anyway the fight was on, the big fish pulled out an estimated 200-foot of line with the drag set very tight, and the fish straightened a double-strength big hook.
Strike one, miss. We baited again and waited. This time we had a triple-strength hook attached to the leader. Soon the rod twitched. Randy set the hook and the fight was on. This fish pulled out more line than the first fish, and then he was gone.
Cutting the stout leader. Strike two, miss. We again put on another new rig, baited up, and waited. Again the rod twitched a little, Randy set the hook and again the fight was on. This time the fish was a different fighter. It was really really big. It took all the line off the reel as if we hooked a bus passing by traveling at 30-mph. I cut the line with a knife a second before we got spooled.
I believe the last fish we hooked was a big tiger shark, or even a great white shark. One was seen off the coast of north FL that had an electronic tag on it. Some think he was heading south for the winter. Strike three, miss. Three monster hits, no home runs, but it was an exciting testosterone blast.
Max, Pete, Ronnie and Dave fished the backcountry on a beautiful day.
The air was a perfect 68-degrees, cool, crisp, and sunny conditions.
The boys from Philly, caught eight species of fish on light-tackle which included, jack, barracuda, drum, catfish,l adyfish, mutton snapper, snook and bluerunners.
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Larry, Ken, and Emilee fished the Loxahatchee River and caught 8 jacks on top-water plug, a ladyfish, snapper, and snook on a pretty day that turned a little rainy.
Today, weather would have been a good ad for the local Chamber of Commerce.
Sunny, perfect 74-degrees with a nice breeze blowing.Very pleasant!
We left the dock and cruised to the fishing grounds at a relaxed pace. Brian and Renee from Boston area, and their Naples guests, Michael and Melissa, caught 7 species of fish on ultra-light tackle. The fish they caught were jack, runner, lane and mutton snapper, drum, ladyfish, and ribbonfish.
Good catching guys,
Catching a mixed bag of fish on light, and ultra light spinning tackle, which included jack, runners, mackerel, lane, mutton snapper and losing some nice mystery fish that broke off. I surmise they were grouper.
The action was fast and furious , even thought the boat was doing the real "rock and roll'. The seas that day, were 4-6 foot and building to 5-7'.
The weather was less than favorable on trip day with the winds kicking up to 25-MPH. Seas were posted on NOAA at 5-7 foot with an occasional 9 footer mixed in, just to keep us in the back country. We might have been a little disappointed but plan B turned out to be a relaxing, peaceful, explosive top-water action-packed day with beautiful scenery.
We even saw a manatee or two.
The day started out windy and jacket weather cool on the water.
Larry, Jake, John and I headed out the Jupiter Inlet with a whistling west wind, making the near shore seas flat calm. Running the boat north about 1-mile we looked for any signs of fish but found none. So we motored back in the inlet against the wind and ran up the river. After trying a few spot we found a Seacret Spot and started catching single, double, and triple header jack up to 6-pound on top water plugs.
I have been guiding a while and still get excited when a fish explodes on an artificial bait and knocks it out of the water very aggressively. On one cast a fish splashed on the water so violently near the boat it startled big Jake. We caught lots of fish and left them biting. I like that.
Lucky Gander Mountain winners, Steven and Dave
What a beautiful day to go fishing off Jupiter Florida .The seas were calm, the sky was clear, and the fish were biting.
Using live bait, light tackle, Shimano reels spooled with Trikfish mono line, Trikfish flourocarbon leader, as well as Daichi circle hooks. All available at your local Gander Mountain Store.
Pictured here are lucky trip winner Steven (R) and almost brother in law Dave (L) caught some nice dorado and tuna with a beautiful full moon in the easterly horizon.
Calm seas and a full moon sure made for a beautiful sunset in the west, and moon -rise to the east. There were so many colors in the sky it was like a rainbow, amazing.
The pointy nosed speedsters, with the purple back were gracing us with there presence for the last few days. Skipjack tuna or "skippys" have been biting live bait and flys, as good as it gets, once located. The action was happening in the cobalt blue gulf-stream waters off the coast of Jupiter Fl.
The dorado fishing has been great one day but inconsistent fore the most part.
In the past I did not like skippys for food, until I discovered a good recipe.
Skipjack Tuna Recipe
The ocean was absolutely alive with splashing and feeding on the migrating bait-fish. There were half acre sized schools of predator fish eating all they desired up and down the Jupiter area.
Whether you are a spin, plug, or fly-casting specialist, the fish would cooperate with you since it was a turned on feeding frenzy. This action is so much fun to watch and cast into. It was an absolute cornucopia of fish such as jack, bluefish, ladyfish, blue runners, ribbonfish,and sennet. At one spot, it was a fish on every cast.
The night snook fishing must have been fun as well .