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Big Pine spearing 5-4-19

Old 05-06-2019, 10:50 AM
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Default Big Pine spearing 5-4-19

I used to write detailed posts on the old FS Forum and I kinda miss it so I am going to start writing up some of my trips here.

The plan was to hit a couple grouper spots on Saturday with my girlfriend Brittany. We haven't done much spearing since our rental house got destroyed in Irma but now that we bought a place on Ramrod we are going to start spearing more often. We are both a little rusty with our guns. We ran out mid-day to a couple of spots that have been good to me in the past, one is shallow and usually good for red groupers, sitting in about 45'.

I wanted to hit the deeper spot first, but there was a boat sitting about 500' away from it so we moved east and a little shallower. We dropped down and although it was covered in fish, we never saw a legal fish to catch with our spring steel fishin' rods. We swam to the edge of the reef were it kinda peters out, then turned around and headed back to the boat. I saw a nice mutton off in the distance in only so-so visibility, and it was the classic "is that a big fish far away or a smaller fish that is closer?" Turns out, yep...pretty good sized mutt. I was able to lead it and place a kill shot. Lucky for me I had the line reel on because I needed the extra line to subdue this fish. It came in at 30 inches.




We pulled the hook and moved back to our deeper spot, 2 miles back to the west. We had it to ourselves so I anchored up and we did a little surface interval. It's about 100 feet to the sand and with only air and no Nitrox we didn't have a ton of time. I told Britt "if you see a legal black, take it". We started swimming out the feature (which I know really well, I shot a personal best 43# black here) and I saw several small but legal mutts, 2 huge margate, and 2 goliath groupers that were probably 75# and 100#. The blacks didn't show up right away so when I saw a decent Cubera swim by I took the shot. It was one of those magical shots where the fish turned stark white and just dropped to the sand without the slightest wiggle. Perfect stone shot. I quickly reloaded, and caught up to Britt and just a minute or so later 2 big mutts swam through so I shot the biggest of the two, only to see 4 more studs swim in afterwards. This fish took off and wrapped me up a bit, and once I caught up to it a 25# black was just posted up and staring me down. Britt was chasing her own big black so all I could do is string up my mutt and hope the grouper stuck around. He didn't.

By that time we were pushing deco, even though we only were down about 17 minutes. We saw one more nice black that was super skittish and that was it. The blacks will live to see another day. I was very encouraged to see several nice muttons at this spot. Full moon in 2 weeks, should be great fishing.

Tight lines and sharp spears,
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:15 AM
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Great post and pics. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:40 AM
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Great shootin Dave. Thanks for taking the time to share the story!
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Wow, really good day - I am envious! Thanks taking the time to give the deets, helps to visualize. Sometimes it's the chase that makes it especially memorable.

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Sweet!
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That's awesome
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nice job man
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Great shooting and report!
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A little rusty?Hell, I hate to see you when you're dialed in.Some really nice fish.Thx.
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Thanks for sharing. Facebook and YouTube have really diluted the quality of these kinds of reports. Good on you to share it like this.
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Nice job. Beautiful fish.
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Nice fish! Thanks for taking the time to do the write up

So you went out of ramrod?
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If I could dive like you two, i would get rid of my rods and reels. Nice going Glad you are well into recovery mode.
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Solid day & thanks for the write up.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:52 AM
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Awesome

Not much compares to getting down there with ‘em.
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Damn! Helluva bunch of fish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by UCF View Post
Nice fish! Thanks for taking the time to do the write up

So you went out of ramrod?
Yes, I live on the oceanside of Ramrod in Breezeswept Beach Estates which is a fancy way of saying behind the Looe Key Tiki Bar.

I lived on No Name Key for 23 years so most of my numbers are east of where I live now. I'm slowly pushing west and exploring the area from Looe Key to Pelican Shoal but I find myself turning east more often than not.
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Originally Posted by Eye8atoad View Post
Damn! Helluva bunch of fish.
Thank you. 3 shots, 3 kills. We got lucky with quality over quantity, especially since we were only 7 miles from the house or so. I really wanted Brittany to get some trigger time but it didn't work out that way. She truly has more raw talent than I do, she's 14 years younger, runs ultramarathons, super fit. I'm just old and gristled and have 35 years of experience shooting fish.
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JEALOUS! Living up here on the west coast (near Clearwater) we never see muttons. I've only shot one in the Keys and loved it. And black grouper is my favorite grouper, but alas I never see any. Right now it is just mangroves and hogs for us, though I'm hoping for a great ARS and gag season this year.
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Great trip! We rent a home in Summerland for a month in the summer with another family. If we make back down there this year, I'll PM you guys to see if want to jump on the boat with us sometime and go spearing.

I think I know the area at 90'-100' with the blacks. If we are talking about the same area, you better be good and quick because you dont get second chances down there!

Awesome Job!!
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