We began all over two:thirty in choppy but manageable circumstances. The bite was a little bit slow to begin but a couple awesome Mangrove Snapper arrived in excess of the rail. Captain Bryon usually claims “The 1st end is the hardest” as the objective is to get a reliable anchor heading. Mission accomplished so time to transfer on and get our chew on.
On the future end I made a decision to begin with a reside bait hoping there could possibly be a hungry Gag just ready. Positive, plenty of inside a minute of hitting base I felt that familiar “Pop” GAG ON! Turned out to be a awesome one all over twelve LBS. Immediately firing down one more livey it bought smashed but no hook up. I applied reside bait solely on this end but hardly ever bought one more Gag. I did manage to capture some awesome Mangos which is usually a very good matter.
The future few of night time stops saw very good Mango action as perfectly as scattered Gags. There was also a awesome combine of Vermilion and Porgies. Many “Smoker Kings” arrived in excess of the rail as perfectly. Typically I am all about the night time fishing but this time of year as the Gag bite heats up I greeted the Solar with much anticipation.
We bought set up on the future end just ahead of sunlight increase so I fired down the greatest shiniest Pinner I could locate. As if on que proper as the sunlight was peeking up BANG! Big fish ON! Soon after a couple tense times I pulled in a Gag in the fifteen LB. range. Suggestion: When hooking huge Gags, the struggle is often won or lost in the in the 1st thirty seconds. I recommend applying no much less than 80 LB. line with a rod that has plenty of again bone to change the fish. The most essential matter is to get 10-twenty feet of line again on the reel ASAP. Too often I see men and women pulling up on the rod but not “Turning the handle” There are quite a few strategies to get line again on the reel. The one I like ideal is small pumps of the rod up and down cranking as challenging and speedy as you can on the pump down. The challenging element is to keep continuous stress on the fish. Catch me on the boat and I’ll present you what I necessarily mean. I caught one more respectable Gag and quite a few Goozers on this end.
The future quite a few stops saw much of the similar action with awesome Gags coming up all in excess of the boat. One place I listened to they had been slamming them on the stern so I went again to snap a couple images. There had been quite a few awesome types on deck as perfectly as several anglers hooked up. My younger buddy Brendon Baldwin claimed he bought busted off fourteen periods on that place on your own. In fairness they had been proper in excess of a ledge and he did manage to land a few. The ideal news for me was viewing my aged buddy Bruce land a Gag that ended up successful the Jack Pot (His 1st) weighing in in excess of 17 LBS.
On the future end I fired down a hand sized “Pig Fish” hoping to get a shot at a huge one. Soon after soaking in for what appeared like 10 minutes I felt a slight pull on the line. Feeding it a very little more line BANG! MONSTER ON! I managed to change the beast and assumed I was household free when all of a unexpected, he was absent. My key line ought to have been ruined as it popped perfectly off the base. On reeling in I’d lost 50’ of line. You can do all the things you imagine is proper but right until it hits the deck you never have it.
Over-all, I landed 10 keeper Gags, by means of again five shorts that had been in excess of 23” and broke off at the very least seven periods. I also ended up with 17 Mangos. I could have gotten my restrict of twenty snapper but I take pleasure in the Gag problem. Take note: People today often question me how I capture so numerous Gags as opposed to most other individuals. There are several motive and undoubtedly working experience is selection one. But, the one matter I seem to be to have in excess of most is tolerance. Gags seldom bite as speedy and often as most other species so you have to be eager to soak a bait some time. One of the items I do to assist the mates is vacant the bait wells at the finish of the excursion. It amazes me how often I’ll open up a perfectly and locate it whole of primary baits. Really don’t get me mistaken there is almost nothing mistaken with fishing with a “Chicken Rig” baited with squid. You will capture a great deal of tasty fish and sometimes a Gag but you simply cannot expect to get your restrict this way.
P.S. for the document I gave six Gags absent to men and women that didn’t have any. I get a kick out of viewing the pleasure and surprise in individuals faces when they get one of these treats with no methods. As usually if I can assist you let me know. Next up the “Full Moon 44 hour” I simply cannot wait around.
Unique shout out to my buddy the famous “Bob Harbison” Howdy Bob! You are skipped my buddy.
See you out there!