Yesterday Slow, Today Epic

Report Date: November 21, 2018

Great day of fishing today!

After a rather stressful day of fishing for me yesterday we re-bounded with a great day of fishing. Yesterday I zigged when I should’ve zagged it felt like. I started out trolling and got jumped by countless bonito. By 9:15 I was asked “have you had days like this?” I said this is the nicest day all week. And then I realized that the charter was asking not about the weather, but the slow trolling bite. Granted, we had only been trolling for a little over an hour and had plenty of bonito bites and missed a small dolphin but my senses change rapidly with what people say. I was definitely feeling the pressure with a few boats reporting mahi and cobia and we had not caught either. Then I got to a spot and watched a beautiful exercise of live chumming and flyfishing as one of our local inshore guides put his clients on 6 nice dolphin under our rigger. We caught a bonito 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Gave up and went bottom fishing. Everywhere I went including places I’ve never caught red snapper that’s all we caught (27 to be exact). We picked away at seabass, triggers, verms, a nice yellowtail and and a keeper cobia. We ended up keeping 25 fish but we lost 11.5lbs of lead to sharks. Crazy day!

Today was another day. Had regulars Bob, Jason Bourque, Audrey Gross and Randy Rohrer. We caught some bait then started trolling. Forecast was way off but choppy days produce if you can stomach it. We had 13 mahi bites catching 2 lifters and 6 gaffers from 12lbs to big bull status. We also realeased a sailfish. We went through all 75 ballyhoo we had and when they were gone we went bottom fishing for the last hour and a 1/2 of the day. We caught some sea bass, triggers, and blue runners on the first spot. 2nd spot we hit gold and caught 4 out of 7 cobia we hooked from 25-35lbs.

Great way to end the day!

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