2008-12-21 - Over Under Holiday Fishing Report

 

ISLAMORADA FISHING REPORT

That's Right has been able to get out the last few days. The fishing is great with lots of life along the reef edge. Naturally we have been starting out catching our bait, minnows and ballyhoo. I have been hitting the deep fades and ledges lately; they seem to be very productive now that fronts have pushed a lot of fish out of the gulf. The mackerels have been plentiful, ranging from 8lbs to 40 lbs. The action on the light tackle gives every angler a great fight. We have been fishing mostly in 120' to 140' of water. The mutton snappers have also moved in on the bottom and eating quite well. The bait of choice is a de-boned ballyhoo, they gobble it up. Anthony will drop a Penn GLD wound with 50 braid and a top shot of 50lb flurocarbon and a small piece of #3 wire and a #2 treble hook down to the bottom and reel up 6 cranks. Put it in the rod holder and wait for the bite. The water temps have been in the mid 70's, air temps mid to upper 70's, great conditions. There has been a little belly of green water along the edge and the stream has pushed in tighter, I left it today in about 190'. We moved out to the break for about an hour and winded up going 4 for 5 on the sails, perfect ending for a half day.

The last two days we had the pleasure of hosting the Reel Adventures TV crew, and did some filming for a couple of up-coming episodes The Mackerel Bite was on FIRE. That's about all we can really say....non-stop action. We had a fun time filming with some young kids and friends we through in for good fun. Cigar Minnows were the bait of choice and they didn't stand a chance as these Kings are HUNGRY right now! Show host Robert Arrington was super with the kids and a blast to work with. As you'll see from some of the smiling faces below, it should make for quite the show!

Tight Lines,
Captain John Oughton - THAT'S RIGHT

Photos From our REEL ADVENTURES Filming this Weekend in Islamorada
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MOREHEAD CITY GIANT BLUEFIN REPORT

Just back from today's trip (Saturday). We left the dock at 3:45 AM and were happy to see the fog was gone. We made our way to the Shad Wreck and began our day there. We trolled outside the Knuckle and towards the 30 min rock. We did not mark much bait along the way. We did, however, begin marking bait just before the rock once we had daylight and we felt very good about our location. We had dolphin,ocean sunfish ,and diving gannets that were coming up with bunker.Its an amazing site to see these gannets circling then diving in single file fashion. Everything looked right so we spent the entire day between the rock and the portland without a touch. It's obvious the main body of fish just have not yet arrived. There were no bluefin brought into Portside today. We are watching the weather and tomorrow looks like a blow out. We will look at our schedule as we may be able to get Monday and Tuesday in, then we will take a short break for Christmas.

Happy Holidays & Tight Lines,Capt. Keith Burnet - PRETTY WORK

 

BAHAMAS FISHING UPDATE


DEEP DROPPING: We got out Friday scouting some deep drop spots off Guana Cay and were rewarded quickly with a nice catch of yellow eyes and button snapper. We tried two spots today, one being on the north end, and the other the south. We wanted to explore these two areas so that no matter which cut we use, Man O’ War or Whale Cut, that we could quickly get into the action. So if for any reason the trolling bite was not to develop, snapper would be on the menu. We only did this for a short time today boating plenty of snappers to about 4 lbs. We ended on a high note with a triple header yellow eye snapper. 

WAHOO FISHING: After finishing up our deep dropping, we decided to put the lines in for Wahoo. Shortly there-after, we were rewarded with our first quad Wahoo bite of the season, boating 3 of 4, to 30 lbs. Once again the deep rod was the ticket as we boated all three deep rod bites,  and pulling off our fourth fish on a billy bait ballyhoo combo. Currently the deep rod is hot, so we have put a third one out, fishing that from the bridge. In order to fish this rod MAKE sure it is well past your long riggers in order to avoid a tangled mess!  Also keep the boat in gear after your first bite, as a second, third or even fourth is almost a sure thing.  All the deep rods are being run with 54oz. of lead followed by Yo-Zuri plugs.  Blue-black and orange-black as well as all-black have been the ticket.  We have only been fishing around 8 knots and seem to be getting plenty of bites at this speed.  We really like this speed, as we continue to boat dolphin as well as black fin tuna.  We might get a few more Wahoo bites if we bumped the speed up, but we’d be sacrificing variety for sure.

BOTTOM FISHING: On the bottom fishing front we did some grouper fishing off of Scotland Cay. Although we could only find Nassau Grouper (currently out of season), it was a blast with our biggest going 12 lbs. Yellowtail fishing and mutton fishing remains a no brainer.  Go out to around 60 feet of water, drop the chum bag, drop a bait, and start reeling!

All in all, hot Bahamas fishing continues. From Wahoo, to deep dropping, to snapper, it all remains off the hook. Get over here fast as we are seeing one of the best Wahoo season any of us have seen in a long time!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Joe Trainor - LOW PROFILE

 

Rigging Corner: Live Bait Sailfish Tricks

When the Sails are balling bait, the most productive way to hook up a Sailfish is by belly hooking your baits. The hook is placed right under the peck fins, there is a hard spot which will help hold the bait securely, and any other spot along the belly is much weaker so it can be ripped out much easier. We catch our bait two ways; the first way is by throwing the cast net. The baits we catch in the nets are usually beat up and handled a lot more, so this makes the baits weaker. The other way is a Sabiki rig which is a slow process that will produce very strong baits. These baits are released into the live well by means of a de-hooker, which limit's handling and overstressing the bait. It's very important to keep these baits calm, they are your hook baits, and the others are used for chumming. This is why we carry extra live wells onboard; the baits need to be kept separate. Also we try to only dip one bait at a time; this will keep the baits from freaking out, so to speak.

The difference will now make itself very clear, when that unstressed bait hits the water it will take off and head straight towards the bottom, its natural instinct. This is the most crucial part, because almost every bait that goes down will get a bite. One of the reasons we use light tackle here in the Keys, is that we have many obstacles to overcome. The water can be gin clear so we have to use light line, 10lb to 20lb is standard for our Penn spinners, with a 30lb leader and either a 7/0 or 8/0 circle hook. This makes it easier for the bait to pull the lighter line down with him; if you go any heavier the bait will struggle and become less efficient. Same goes for the hooks we use, they to need to be a light hook not a heavy duty one. Now realize that the bait balls are about mid level in depth so as your bait heads for what it believes to be safety, it finds itself in an unusual situation. All of the sudden there's a bunch of sailfish blocking its way. Unfortunately by the time the bait realizes this IT IS TO LATE!!

We have found that when using circle hooks it can help if you let the fish eat a little longer than normal, this will help with a better chance at a hook setting properly. Along with about 3lb to 4lbs of drag and keep the rods tip down. Once we are hooked up the drag can be moved up to 8lb to 10lbs. Sometimes first thing in the morning, before the boats get all stacked up, we get the opportunity to cast to the fish on the surface. The sailfish will have the bait pushed up on the surface and then it makes things all that much easier. Also an easier find since the frigate birds will be hitting the deck. All on board are able to see nature at its finest! Now you can pick a fish out and cast your bait several feet in front of the fish you would like to attempt to catch. In this situation we just lip hook the bait, this helps to keep the bait closer to the surface, it's much harder to swim down with a hook stuck in your face. It's always fun to watch a fish eat your bait.

Captain John Oughton

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