2009-02-22 - Over Under - Weekly Fishing Update

Over Under Weekly Fishing Update


Florida Keys Fishing - Sailfish, Snappers, and Grouper

I had the opportunity to fill in for Capt. John yesterday and hosted a group of eight guys in the Keys for a Bachelor party. We got a bit of a late start on our morning half day outing (think there were a few folks hurting from the night before..). With the sailfish bite being slow, and bait a bit of a struggle as of late, we had planned to go anchor up on the reef and do some bottom fishing. The guys said they really wanted to catch a sailfish though, so we switched gears and headed to the bait patch. We were the last ones there and the word was that bait was again tough. We found a little spot and had ballyhoo behind the boat right away, but they just didn't want to come quite close enough for our 12 foot Cast Net. Both Andrew and I took a few throws at them and managed about a dozen. Not wanting to spend too much of our half day catching bait, we decided to go use the baits we had, trying for a sailfish, then go hit the reef to finish up the morning.

We started out just below the Eagle Wreck, and put out a spread of 3 Ballyhoo on Penn Spinning Outfits for sailfish, and one Penn 30 GLD down deep for a King Fish or Mutton Snapper. After a little over an hour of slow trolling around the Eagle Wreck, and hearing of only 1 sailfish caught by the fleet, I was about to suggest heading into the reef, when I saw the right long rigger snap. Andrew was right there and everything was text-book, perfect. Fish came tight on the circle hook, and after a couple minutes of hoping, we finally saw the sail as he grey hounded away from the boat. We settled in for what ended up being a rather long 30 minute fight, as we chased that fish all over the place. He decided to go down deep on us, and we just took our time and eventually he came up and we got the clean release. The guys were stoked and decided to go catch dinner after that. We headed into a shallow patch reef, and caught plenty of decent sized snapper for the dinner plate and released about half a dozen (1 inch short) red grouper.

Captain Trey Rhyne - That's Right


Product Spotlight - Penn "LIVE LINER" Spinning Reels

This reel has been out for a while, but it seems that a lot of people are not familiar with it. This is a great tool to have in your arsenal, especially when live-baiting. At both the Atlantic City and Miami Boat shows, we talked to so many people that were excited to learn first hand about this reel series. Currently, the "Live Liner" version comes in the 560 and 760 models. We spool them with 12 pound (560) and 20 pound line (760). The Live Liner allows you to effectively keep your reel in "free-spool", with just enough drag to hold your bait in place. Fishing your live bait in free spool allows gamefish to take the bait, turn and run, without feeling tension and creating a better chance for a solid hook-up. When combined with the use of circle hooks, the technique typically works like a charm.

"Penn Slammer® Live Liner® Same great features as the Penn Slammer®, but with the added benefit of a Live Liner® drag, ideal for swimming live baits. The Penn Live Liner® is the perfect reel for anglers who prefer the ease of a spinning reel, but the practicality of a conventional reel. The Live Liner® drag can be adjusted to control the drag tension, allowing anglers to fish various sized baits and maintain control over the bait, an essential factor when live-lining for various gamefish such as Striped Bass, Sailfish, Roosterfish, or Snook."

We carry the full line of Penn Reels in our Offshore Supply Store. Or simply call us to learn more about these reels: 866 OUA TUNA!

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