Hello fellow club members and guest. Just a reminder that a bunch of fish smelling old fisherman are going to meet at the Sun Set Grill in Nokomis this Thursday at 6:00 pm. So stop by have a beer and lets talk fishing.Got out on the water Monday and wanted to troll with live blue runners for large Kings .Had a half of dozen in my fish trap over night only to f ind the next morning that something ripped a hole in it and left me one blue runner . But we did troll with it for about an hour with no luck. Spotted a few schools of fish feeding on the surface. switched to lures and picked up a Spanish mackerel . Most schools were just chopping up the surface and most likely were Spanish, I guess.But we came upon one school that was splashing the surface and you could see the backs of them which looked black . I suspect there were large Tunney’s or small Black Fins. We trolled around with no hook ups. Trying to get close to cast a Jig to them they would sound .But once we drifted to the school and placed a 3oz. jig but nothing. Next scaled down to a one once and no hook up. So after most of the day chasing a ghost we fished the bottom for Grouper and snapper and came home.
We were out due West in the low 70 feet of water. Hope someone else had better luck with them than we did.
If so tell us about it Thursday at Pop’s .
See you all there
I’m trying to learn how to post a video. I was told to post it on You Tube and copy it and post it . You might have to click on the above. Lets see if it works
Anyway I went out the other day and cough this shark and tried to get it on video. I got a lot to learn.
My grand son , Anthony and Harry and Mike , Club members went out yesterday to see if we could hook up on some target fish for a first time trip with my grandson! We left Venice inlet at 7–720am and that was good. Since there were some serious rain storm clouds within sight.
We motored away from all the storms inland and ended up in some area’s I had not fished but had bottom that looked good on my Blue Chart. But before we got there we had fished a try spot and of course had our SureMarker fall apart when we chucked it overboard. Thanks to Harry we had a small marker that worked.
Got on the spot after several hours dodging the storms and the weather cleared. Dropped lines and BAM fish on everywhere. Anthony had a fish on , Harry and Mike too. Well in one hour we had 6 keeper RG with several shorts thrown back some LS and BL too cought two Trigger fish too they went back into the water. Anthony caught 4 keeper groupers with some great help from Harry and Mike. Back to land by 12 noon with fish still biting !!!!!!
My brother Wayne, & fellow Club members Bob, Mike, Joe, & I had a decent trip this past Friday. Joe caught the delightful looking ” BATFISH ” and won “ugliest fish prize” . He also caught the huge Snapper. Brother Wayne tangled with a 3 ft. Shark and had a good time with it. Incidentally, while motoring we encountered a huge shark that nobody wanted to tangle with ! ( 6+ ) As can be seen in the photos, it was a Grouper & Snapper day.
There was the five of us on this Sundays trip, myself, Cappy ( my Bro ) Harry,Gary and Tom. We headed out 40 miles in 123 ft of water in search for the American Red Snapper. The only thing we had in our favor was the wind with us going out. It was rough with 5+ seas and using all the 300 ft of line to hold bottom. We tried a couple spots where last year did good with RG and ARS and King Mackerel. This year nether of the above .It was the strangest day I ever had . Didn’t even pick up anything from the bottom. Time getting short we started trolling back .
We had better luck trolling with three dolphin hook ups and one Tunney. No birds or school of fish was seen. Was trolling with my favorite Dolphin lures. Three rods out .One short two long. All was released .They were little guys only 18 .” The tunny was kept for bait. The dolphin action ended after we got under 100 ‘ of water . If the weather was not getting as bad as it was getting we would of stayed out and picked up more dolphin and hopefully some bigger ones.
It was rough getting back and got rained on a little but made it back to the dock before the big down pour .I had to wait an hour before I could take the boat home.
It was fun seeing the Dolphin , nothing like I’m use to seeing when living in Marathon in the Keys but we had fun and made it back safe . Looking forward to the next trip.
Even with a not so great weather forecast, decided to take what may be the only opportunity to get some ARS this shortened season.
Left MarineMax at 04:00 hours, picked up live bait at our drop spot, plus we were loaded with some great Mahi Macs shrimp and squid wings.
Decided that our first stop should be in 147 FOW as we had picked some great Red Snappers at this location 2 weeks ago, but of course, being out of season, they were returned.
The first stop, while it held loads of fish, most had lockjaw. We did get a few smaller ARS, they were legal but decided it was too early in the day to keep small fish. We also lost several large fish which were either large gags or sharks.
Moved out to 162 FOW and started chumming with frozen ladyfish. That turned them on and at this spot we caught 12 ARS to 33 inches, 3 large mangrove snapper, 3 red grouper and 3 nice margate.
All in all a good day.
Went out of Venice outlet with club members Frank, Pat, Victor and myself to target some RG’s, LS, and Cobia. We had checked the weather for Wed and it was to be a good day with winds 5 to 10 and then in the PM picking up to 15. Well the weather was not that at all. It was much rougher. Not too bad because we had a 300ft anchor line and was ready!
Bait was cut bait, squid bits,squid , live bait too. W headed West and stopped at a try spot and caught some grunts for live bait ………hit another spot with a large turtle in the area. Good spot!!!!!! Must be a shelf !!!! We caught several lane snapper and 5 keeper RG’s. Not bad!!We were on channel 68 and got a call from Harry, club member and fellow crew member in the past> He was out with his brother in his Carolina offshore boat and they were doing well too!!
Off to two spots that I got broken off with something big at the end of the day two trips ago. First spot was a sleeper but then at the other we anchored and in 35minutes we caught out limit of RG’s with most of them in the 24 to 27″ range. Some more lanes too and LARGE grunts!!!! We did have a free line out and had a cut off even with a wire leader so no Cobia or the like! Homeward bound at 1:45 to clean fish and beat the afternoon storms!!!!! Great day!!!!!
OK . I went on Tarpon hunt out of Sarasota and was really excited to hook up on that beautiful silver fighting fish. Arrived at the 10th street ramp at 6am to get out there before the rest of the pack jumps on the tarpon before us. When the sun rose we were on a school of Tarpon that made the water seem black! Was using live crab, live pin fish.
Followed the school and got three lines on the school. One south of the school , one north and one just center west of the school . BAM a hit !!!! I reeled super fast ……..The Tarpon charged the boat instead of going left or right and I was not able to set the hook …..Tarpon off!! Well just to piss me off more the tarpon come up for a gulp and pass over out lines and role on their sides to show off there scales in the sun! Beautiful to see.
OK, now we are out there 4 more hours following the same school and we have a top line , a medium line and a bottom line out there. Another hit on the top line and the Tarpon just stole the crab for a snack. No hook up. We did this for another 2 hours and nothing. They were not interested in eating just pissing us off!!!!! That is Tarpon fishing! Thus the only hero pics are the two that follows.
Report for my keys trip is a little late but here it goes. My wife, my son, and I went down to Marathon for a week May 12th. I pulled down my little 14′ skiff with grand intentions of becoming a flats master and killing bonefish and tarpon on the fly. So what actually happened was a stiff 25 knt wind till Wed that lowered to 10-15knts. So with me itching to get out I talk my wife (who gets sea sick) into going out on the headboat. I figured 75′ headboat 10-15knts no problem. Well with a solid 20knt blow and some serious gusts and solid 4-6′s she was seasick as soon as they dropped the hook till we got back to the dock. My son even got sea sick where he never has before and he has been out in some sloppy stuff with no problems. So I was the only 1 fishing, got all my fancy spinning gear with light floro ready to show all these “tourists” up and just got spanked! The guy next to me is fishing a 1980′s rusted penn conventional with 40 lb mono leader just killing yellow tails and I am getting grunts on 6ft leader of 15lb floro!! That is pretty much how that trip went. More than a little frustrated but oh well. Thursday the wind laid down and we were able to get out on our boat. First shrimp down gets nailed by a 5lb Jack and my wife has a good fight on her first jack. The rest of the morning was slow, I tried fishing the 7 mile but conditions were a little sporty under there for the boat I was in so we looked for other places. The tide really started running out so I found this other bridge (out to someones house I believe) and we set up on the up current side and started picking off mangos for the next few hours. The other high light of the day was the mango that my son caught that had yellow fins. I was later told it was a school master snapper. Pretty cool. If any of you know my son you will believe me when I tell you that everyone in the resort we stayed at knew Collin caught a school master snapper. Friday the winds blew again so we packed it in.
Sunday the 25th trip out for snapper and grouper came up quite short on that order. Spot in 70′ 3-4 triggers 12-13″, boat load of nice porgy and large grunts, no snapper or red grouper not even short red grouper not sure on what the deal was on that. Trolled back in and nailed a estimated 50-60lb Cobia on a pink cd 30. Weighed it based on my son who is 42lbs lol. We called it a day after that and cleaned fish for a few hours.
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On my last trip out I posted about a spot we saw on the way back that looked good. Up early this morning and thinking about that spot I checked the weather .Looked great and off I was on the spot at 7:30. By 9:30 I had two grouper 23″released four 20″ and many shorts. The prize was a red grouper over 30″ . He swallowed the hook so I just cut the line while he was in the water. Two 23 ” grouper was well enough for dinner tonight. Another good spot added to my list.