Epic Swordfish and Shark Bite

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Recent offshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Epic Swordfish and Shark Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

swordfish and shark

First drop? Nice swordfish about 110lbs and 60″. Second drop, we catch his twin, who is about 100lbs. Third drop, 300+/- Big Eye Thresher, which we released. Congrats to Team No Competition, who was right next to us who landed a 488lb beast.

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Shrimp Boat Fishing Slam

Florida Sportsman member: bambam78

The line ran off the reel faster and stronger than any of the other bites. The fight on a fast action rod and a 30 class reel was an absolute blast. Capt. Chaz told me as the fish got closer to the surface, that Yellowfin will do crazy things. Sure enough he was right. We saw color on the fish and shortly after, it made a run for the bow of the boat.

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Palm Beach Offshore Action

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Great action on the last two days. Kites up between 70-120. We landed six out of seven on sails and several mahi, kings and snappers on gigs and small mullet dragged on the bottom. Even snagged a snook at the end of the drift, in 50″ Sailfish action!!

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Boca Raton Variety

Florida Sportsman member: SenseiTony

I spent all weekend trying to get the ship ready to take it out on this small chance of boatable seas. We got out around two pm and within one minute out of Boca, we had a barracuda hit one of my ballyhoo.

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Southeast Offshore: Epic Catch

Florida Sportsman member: dcheek2112

While fishing in the Southeast, Forum member dcheek2112 snags an epic assortment of wahoo, grouper, snapper, tiles and porgies. He caught a limit of grouper: gag, scamp, snowy, kitty and yellowedge. Nice!

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Day Trip Success: Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Jeff ran right over his head as soon as we put lines in! Doc and Jordan tag team on cranking, E$ is on the leader. The fish pops up alongside the boat and my freaking jaw dropped.

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Personal Best Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: GRSC

I have my brother in town and went out this afternoon to attempt a repeat of yesterday’s magical day. Well, fell short by 30 pounds but 48 is still respectable and his personal best.

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Tournament Fun

Florida Sportsman member: latitudeadjustment

We decided to try a rattle jet for the shotgun and a few ballys and bonita strip. In about 240 feet a few small mahi hit the spread and was really cool to see some jumps with 2 fish on, a bit frantic but landed them both and kept one, nothing major but thankful once again for some mahi action and meat for our table.

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Boca Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: MGD

We had two doubles and caught one of those, also had a triple and got all three. All fish hit ballyhoos with either a sail lure or a small notcho or rattle jet.

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Finding the Phins

Florida Sportsman member: CAPTAIN KABUK

I took the wife out dolphin fishing, found nice line in about 1000 feet of water, and got five nice dolphin from 8 to 13 pounds.

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A Wahoo Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

I get Jody baited up with a live Sardine and she flips it out 20 feet from the side of the boat. A Wahoo skyrockets 5 feet out of the water next to the boat and it was game on. I’m waiting any minute for the line to go slack since we are using 40 pound fluorocarbon leader. After 45 minutes the fish is within gaffing range and I get a great head shot.

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Fort Pierce Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member:BacDoc

Grunt chunks and sardines have been my bait of choice, live goggle eye caught some nice ones too. I use a long leader, 15 feet of 40 pound fluorocarbon and a circle hook for the snapper. The best bite has been when tide is running the right direction from the south with lite ESE wind. The bite has been the best when tide has us using 4 to 8 ounces to hold bottom.

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Full Moon Snapper Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Headed to a spot in 25 feet I hadn’t fished since last year; marks on the machine indicate some life so lines in around 1:30am. Depsite not having any chum the fishing was good, baits were getting thumped not long after hitting bottom. I caught a 28 & 26 inch mutton right off the bat and a few legal mangos and some short muttons.

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Working for the Bite

Florida Sportsman member: lunkerman

There were a lot of nice fish (including a 25 pound bull) hanging around the boat for another 3 to 5 minutes but they were the smart ones and wouldn’t eat.

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Day Saver

Florida Sportsman member: Del Mar

We started on the hill, with the current ripping at seven MPH, tuna were deep at 200 plus feet. Trolled the 80 foot line. Nice weed line but no bites. Bottom fished by black condo when a cobia came up to boat. The fish ate a bucktail jig and 25 minutes later we landed a 30 pound cobia.

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Money in the Bank

Florida Sportsman member: Ryanmc6884

Started trolling off of Boynton heading North. Got a king early on to get the team fired up and in gear. Next up was the grown man as buddy buddy calls the wahoo. Started screaming on the planer. After lines all cleared she popped up on the surface to make life a little easier.

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Yellowfin for the Kids

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Went over to the channel this past weekend. Joseph wanted to put one of his little buddies on the tuna.The bite was tough in the channel as you’ve seen from several reports but we did manage to bend some rods and bring home three 60 to 70 pounders and a couple of smaller fish.

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Jupiter Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SonarSup

After that I decided since the bite seemed to be in the 400 to 500 foot range we should stay there. I turned back out to 500 feet. Got to 500 turned around and started heading back to 400 and saw a large green turtle with about four dolphin under him.

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Wife’s Biggest

Florida Sportsman member: Barrell

I had my fingers crossed but I had a feeling the wind would be more then predicted. Anyway lines in ,fish on ,and she reels in her biggest mahi to date. She was thrilled and the winds were picking up so I turned back toward the inlet and called it a day.

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Solo Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Aftershock

It’s been a month since my last trip and was well rewarded for the long wait. It was kinda ugly in the am but the phone radar showed it was going to clear. Trolled all morning to no avail between 280 and 420 feet, strong current and blue water. Found a slight rip in 300 feet off Jupiter and at high noon the flatline goes off.

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The Maiden Voyage

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

Within about 10 minutes of trolling the long starboard reel starts screaming, rod is bent over double, and all the wire is off the reel leaving only about 50 yards of the backing. I was worried that the wire to mono connection would break, fortunately we remained tight and after about 15 minutes we slid that wahoo thru the transom door and the congratulations began.

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Bahamian Hoo’s

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We checked in, topped off and got out hunting. Looking for the right conditions led us north of Memory. Pounded that area between 100 and 400 feet, running big lures at 15 knots. We steadily picked at them and put eight fish in the box (seven hoos and one fat king).

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Patterning Them

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

I think the fishing is in a good pattern right now, the steady dose of light north winds have finally allowed us to develop a pattern. The sails are moving in nice packs from 110 to 130 and 180 to 210 feet. Mixed in are the usual kingfish, Mahi and some cobias on the flat (deep) rods.

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Port Everglades Action

Florida Sportsman member: brianuf5220

We pull up and my wife snags a wahoo on a vertical jig under the mouth. Bar jacks were everywhere and could not keep baits away. I decided to jump in, saw about 25 to 30 wahoo under the water that would stay deep, but come up to the surface every now and then. I shot a dolphin, rainbow runner and a triple tail (Federal Waters).

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

The beach has spinner sharks migrating down it so its a great way to hear action. 10 to 20 feet from breakers to dodge wall is holding large schools of sharks. 20 pound spinning gear makes it a blast. In the mix we managed a 39 pound cobia and lots and lots of sails.

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PBI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Tommy

A little while later another fish came up on the same short kite. Also aggressive he ate in one bite and headed for the long bait. This one I was ready for and came tight quickly. He didn’t even skip a beat. Despite me pulling on him he took drag right to the long kite bait. I tried winding it out of the way but he inhaled it. Holy cow!

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Breaking Marina Records

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Action was off the condos in 130 to 150 feet, with 143 being the hot number. Goggle eyes were getting pounded all day and we broke off a few and had some 30 plus pound fish sharked, but managed a 42 and 45 pounder on the marina scale and broke our current record.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

I had a chance to get on a 306 Grady white,just like my old boat, with long time friends Deep Dropper and Jim. The forecast was sporty, but we decided to try to get across for a half day.

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SLI Action

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Two minutes later we had a HOT sail lit up behind our daisy chain. It was lit up and going back and forth between dredge, chain and pitch. I pulled chain away, Fred expertly dropped back, sail ate, was in air, jumped twice and we were tight!

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Dinner Guests

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Saw some reports recently of some nice tripletail being caught and thought I wouldn’t mind inviting a few home for dinner. Sunday we headed out with my dad and brother and the first spot we pull up too yields a nice seven pound tripletail.

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New Years Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Lazy Bones

Pretty good swell with chop on top for the ride home, luckily we were cruising in the troughs. Lucky enough to see the first two sunrise and sunsets of 2016 from the boat and catch some good fish go along. Hopefully it’s a good omen for the rest of the year.

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Boynton Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Retreat

I thought I saw a huge flash of mahi blue but wasn’t sure so I didn’t wanna get my hopes up. But when I saw a cow around 10 to 15 pounds hit the other line as we were clearing I knew then it was a pair and this thing put on a show.

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SLI Tunas

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

Another pass and I’m in the process of setting a rigger bait in the clip and the line starts smoking for a few seconds then nada. It turns out it was a blue marlin that went over to our other rigger bait and popped off before we had much to say about it. It did put on a nice show on the surface as he was greyhounding away though.

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Bull in the Inflatable

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

I caught and release a few more slingers. I came across some type of blue plastic 15 gallon bucket/drum. I trolled passed it and get hit (big bull) on my 12 pound test spinning rod. I was losing line fast and was afraid I was going to get spooled. I was by myself so I had to back down and fight the fish at the same time.

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Southeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

We set up shop at about 7am, and within two minutes we had a nice gaffer in the box.

We reset and get SMOKED, this time it’s a nice king. Put em back out and a stud Wahoo misses the first time, then comes back at 50mph and gets it!

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Evening Bite off Boynton

Florida Sportsman member: bluechip

I’m on the reel and start reeling like crazy as he’s definitely eaten it by now. The clip pops, I come tight, he goes crazy. We were treated to a very nice show for 10 minutes and had him to the boat.

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Maiden Voyage Success

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

Found great conditions in 200′ and put a couple of ballyhoo’s out. Ended up finding an incredible edge with huge mats and flyers in 600′ with nobody around. After 15 minutes we found a few dollies and a little tuna for sashimi.

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Southeast Bottom Bite

Florida Sportsman member: colossalcatch

We headed over to another spot that is known to have some big gags and blacks all over it. Set back up and threw out some flat lines and started bending rods , once again muttons and mangos were hitting the deck.

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Jupiter Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Black Attack

Crew wanted to make a run for it, so offshore we headed to the swordfish grounds. Before we even got our full spread out, the long feather chain gets nailed and gaffer Mahi on. Landed the fish in short order and reset our spread.

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Hoos on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: paulboat

Long story short, we worked hard for it. Water was dirty, got one north of Sandy and the rest at the corner where we found clean fishy water.

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Inflatable Phins

Florida Sportsman member: b1gdog83

On the way back in we stopped at those same weed lines we saw on the way out and caught two 8 pound fins. We had the school around the boat a couple times but just like the fins under the wooden crate they seemed lethargic and were not hungry.

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Weekend Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Managemnt

The action started in 140 and was hot all day from 70-130 feet from trump to breakers. We were able to hook lots of fish and the lady anglers did their best and we captured four nice fish over three hours. They were able to get 4th place dolphin and 4th place King however the prize money was paid only three prizes.

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First Place Hoo

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

The fish was brought to the boat quickly and we didn’t realize it was a wahoo until it was right next to the boat. Fish was landed (21.6 lbs) and total chaos broke out on the boat! Sarah knew right then and there that she got her first wahoo and possibly first ladies tournament win. She lost her voice from screaming she was so excited!

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Fish on the Weeds

Florida Sportsman member: Mike Butcher

It didn’t look like anything was on it, so we threw a weighted mullet under it and counted to 10. Both of us came tight on fins and got them in the boat. We also caught one triple tail on a live mullet.

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Chasentailz

So we made the call to run past the fleet. Got about 12 miles out and found a slick with some decent weeds on it. Started chunking and in no time a school of nice sized dolphin were everywhere.

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Father and Son Time

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We made it to Old Bahama Bay in under two hours, topped off the gas tank, cleared customs, got our slip, set up our lines, shore power etc. We then untied around 2pm and went out to catch dinner.

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A Bakers Dozen

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We catch two or three more and work for some time and it was either quiet or the bells are ringing as we ended up with a baker’s dozen of decent size dolphin. They are not all that big but they are easy to clean and very tasty, we threw back several that did not meet the size limit and hopefully the next trip out they will still be around and have grown considerably and put up a lot more fight.

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New Marina Record

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

110 feet just south of Juno today, 4 inch micro goggle eye on 12 pound spinning gear, customer fought it for 30 minutes. Was 54 in the boat and after 2 hours weighed 49.89 on sailfish marina tournament scale.

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Birthday Hoo’

Florida Sportsman member: 1974Donzi

Justin just turned 21 years old and wanted a big wahoo for his birthday. Started off high speed trolling at 5:30. No hits so I change it up to mullets at 6:00. I noticed there were plenty of flying fish everywhere so I put out a white and blue islander over a big split tail mullet on the shot gun line about 400 feet behind the boat. As I was setting up other lines, the shotgun line starts screaming.

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Southeast Offshore Bite

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran out to the deep and found SICK conditions like Bill and others saw. Thousands of baits, acres of mats and starving dolphin.We caught 10 schoolies before we found the bigger fish and boxed several nice gaffers in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Summertime Phins

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

Nice temperature break in about 120 to 150 feet out there with a color change. There are schools of dolphin and big dolphin around it. We’re averaging about 12 fish per charter. Get out there and get you some.

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Deep Water Gold

Florida Sportsman member: catch’emall

We decided to sneak out for half-a-day between storms and try our luck on tilefish. It took us a while to find a hungry colony, but worth the effort. Ended up with my first double header and our limit of five.

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Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Forum member e-money and friends got into a hot wahoo bite off of west end. Six bites in an hour, with four coming to the boat. Nice!

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Dodging the Storms

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

We had a nice knock down but didn’t stay hooked and have no idea what it was. Then after a driver switch and turn back south the drag starts screaming. Brought up a real nice black fin tuna. This fish was not leader shy one bit.

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Fishing for a Cause

Florida Sportsman member: Jfenn10

We decided for Saturday’s Bigdog Fatcat we were gonna fish some other spots south. Well it turns out it was the right move, we killed it. We ended up with 9 kings from 11 to 26.7 pounds, a short cobia, 4 keeper muttons up to 4.5 pounds, bonita, and some other bottom dwellers.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

We then headed East to deeper water and found some promising changes in the surface and we deployed our live bait, we did some chumming and quickly gathered some large sharks behind the boat with a few good size cobia.

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Stuart Sails and More

Florida Sportsman member: Captain Dave

Back out to a different edge in 135, toss one bait out, went to grab the second rod and I look back to see a sail already chasing our first bait in the water. Talk about stopping on top of one!

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First Place Phin

Florida Sportsman member: Seamanator561

I slowly bring the fish close enough for Mike to reach out and stick a perfect gaff shot right in the melon. As him and Yoan fight to bring him into the boat is when I realize how big he really is. We get him on the deck and reality sets it!

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Fish Filled Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

We moved deeper to 200-300 feet, no bites. Well we thought no bites. As we reeled in the deep rod it had a small blackfin tuna attached to it. Weird thing was he wasn’t hooked. The circle hook just around his tail. We must have been dragging in backward for a long time because he came in dead as a door nail.

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SLI Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: LastMango

Forum member LastMango got into some cobia off Stuart in 65 feet. Bull Sharks were the ticket to success for these fish.

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Treasure Coast Dolphin

Florida Sportsman member: P@t

“Lots of life in 65 feet, so we lowered the riggers and started trolling. First knock down was at 7:20, small gaffer fin. Reset and continued to work a rip, south. Second knock down shortly after, spooled us before we could get control…”

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An Adventure to Costa Rica

Florida Sportsman member: greenie-slayer

Got the chance to venture down to Costa Rica in March to get away from work and do a little fishing. Fished with Tranquilo Charters out at the FADs. Ended up getting my first marlin and roosterfish. Got a lot of bites from marlin but being the noob that I am to marlin fishing most came unglued.

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SlI Sailfish Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Monkey Too

Quickly caught 3 dozen baits and headed out to 270 feet. Wasn’t long before we had a double header sailfish. We got one and mine spit the hook. Soon after that settled down we had yet another double header sailfish hookup. This time we got both to the boat.

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SlI Marlin

Florida Sportsman member: LET’S GO

They trolled around for a bit and at the end of the day were able to score a few decent dolphin, a couple of skippies and the prize of the day, a marlin.

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Dolphin for All

Florida Sportsman member: sam50

I spot a frigate and Capt. Adam puts us in the area as 2 live gogs were sent out to slow troll along, didn’t take long and big bull is jumping behind the boat. Ian was aboard today and never caught a dolphin, so the rod was passed to him and he did a sweet job leading that fish right to the gaff.

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Southeast Phins

Florida Sportsman member: SammyT

Decided we might as well pull a spread during our beer drinking adventure. Ended up with 4 dolphin. Smaller 3 in the 28-30 inch range, and the big one went 43 pounds. There wasn’t a favorite bait among the fish today.

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Great Trip to the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: e-money

Ran about 15 miles off and I spotted a bundle of balloons and floats then Ryan spotted the right frigate!

On the third pass I look back and see 4 20 to 30 pound phins chasing the spread! All 4 rods go off, but we went 2 for 4 with a 20 plus pound cow and about a 25 pound bull!

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SLI Solo

Florida Sportsman member: Maribella

Headed out of town for a week so figured I better slip offshore this morning. Some beautiful edges with weed out there in various depths. I opted for one in 235 feet and had two sail releases on flatlined greenies within the first 90 minutes before things got quiet.

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Sushi for All

Florida Sportsman member: footankleg

The flocks were far and few but persistence paid off and we had a triple header on. Two of the fish got cutoff either by sharks or wahoo but I luckily stayed tight to my fish. The battle was outstanding and made me promise to start doing lower back exercises.

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Southeast Bull

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

The day started off slow only had one phin in the box by 1pm. We then found a sweet edge with some grass and it was on! We went 8 for 10 on dolphin in 2 hours then the edge dissolved.

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Big Tuna off Palm Beach

Florida Sportsman member: frigategetsfish

After practically stopping the boat and locking the drag on this fish otherwise he would have spooled my 50 wide tiagra I start cranking the fish in which took about 30 minutes of pain and agony to get to the shock cord. The fish was almost directly straight down when I noticed the wings of the yellowfin tuna.

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Hillsboro Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: jtluongo

Two for 4 on sails just south of Hillsboro inlet in about 150 feet of water. They were hitting everything, pilchards, flying gogs, weighted gogs, you name it.

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Palm Beach Offshore

Florida Sportsman member: Angler Management

The wind overpowered the current so it kept us moving south and we fished our majority of the time just south of the breakers. We seem to float between 180 and 350 feet of water, although we really weren’t paying attention because it was really nonstop action.

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Birthday Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: Lori Jo Fishing

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