Off shore bite was hot!!!
Inshore & beach bite, notta because of the state dumping fresh water from lake O into the system, AGAIN.
Off shore report…
We got to the dock 30 mins early because we were unsure of the location… just to have the captain “Kyle” from Reel FishNSea yell at us for being early… Really? Not a good way to start the day and treat your clients. One hour out of the harbor and had a beautiful sunrise coming up. I forgot my camera, so I asked my cousin to take a pic. He pulls out his camera and captain “Kyle” turns around and yells for him to turn it off, or else he’s heading straight for the dock! I ask him why and he just turns around and ignores me. Dude, is that rude or what? Later from the 1st mate Chris, we found out he didn’t want anyone to take pics of his gps cord. Ok, I get it, but we were still 2 hrs out before anchoring, plus he could have just explain that… don’t just blow me off. Took us 3.5 hrs to get to 130 fow out of Ft Meyers. At 22 kts, 60 miles out. On the way we hit either a shark, or some other large creature. Its liver was at least 3 ft long plus a chum blood area about 10 yds across. After setting anchors, he put the 2 diesel engines in reverse and the boat shutters. The 1st mate jumps overboard we find that one of the prop shafts was bent from the impact… Bad Karma from his behavior? We dropped lines and in 25 mins. had limited out on Red Grouper-10 fish! Never experienced that before in my life. Sometimes they were so big all you could do was just hang on until they got tired enough that you could start lifting then crank down. After limiting out, we swapped baits from cut squid for the grouper to cut fish and started to load up on Mangrove and Lane snappers. Caught 2 Amber Jacks, 20 -30 lbs but had to release, not in season. Last fish was a 7’ sand bar shark caught by my nephew on his birthday! Pretty dang awesome as he battled it for 30+ mins. Have video but no pics of it to upload. We were supposed to go out another 10 miles for American Red Snapper, but given our circumstance… that was not an option. As we were catching snappers, I saw a thunderstorm that looked like it was coming our way. Mentioned it to the capt. and again he blows me off. Said he’d been watching radar and we were safe. Long story short, we got stuck in a severe thunderstorm on way back in. Six footers with lighting all around us, rain pouring in through all seams of the cabin. The look on the capts. face made me realize we were in some deep shxx! All I can say is that our scheduled 12 hr trip ended up being 8 hrs… 6.5 hrs travelling and 1 hr fishing, but hey we still ended up with 60 lbs of filets! Fishing was excellent, but will never use Reel FishNSea again. Weird, all the trip advisor reports I reads (25 of them) said this guy was excellent and courteous. Not sure what his issue was that day. It wasn’t the bent shaft… his attitude began way before that occurred. If you take a charter out of Ft Meyers area, make sure it is a fast boat 50 kts +. It will save you time to actually fish.
Seems like all we could catch was hardhead and sailfin catfish. Too much fresh water screwing things up. Water was the color of the St Joe River after a hard rain. My niece did catch a fish we never saw before. They looked like small Crevalle Jacks and we thought they would be good for shark bait later that night. My nephew took one off and it stung him. He complained his hand, then arm, then shoulder was in severe pain and turning numb, but we all blew him off as a whining 20 yr old. When we got back we did some research and found what stuck him was a Leatherback Jack, or otherwise known as a skip jack. Look it up. Sites were saying the sting is worse than catfish or stingray and can last for 6 months! From that point on we landed all fish with using a jaw gripper, lol.
We headed North up to Englewood, Blind Pass to find clear water. Seems we couldn’t hit the tides just right plus had a 20 – 25 mph west winds which made 4 footers on the beach. Tried our new 10’ surf casting rods with my newly tied chicken rigs, using sand fleas and shrimp. Caught some Crevalle jacks, a lady fish, and a newly born black tip shark. Way too cool. It was only 10’ long and would have been an awesome addition in my buddies salt aquarium. The next day the wind came from the east and blew all the crap from Ft Meyers area to the North and South. Last day there things settled down a little and we starting catching slot size Snook. Too bad they were out of season.
Enjoy the pics… I want to take another trip this Oct, but afraid my wife will have me filleted if I do!
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