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Old 01-18-2015, 11:39 AM
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Has anyone fished Pulley Ridge? What were your thoughts on it? Did you do well? Or was it a disappointment?
Old 01-18-2015, 03:48 PM
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I fished pulley ridge on the yankee last year it was an alright trip caught quite a few fish snowy grouper blueline tile yellow edge grouper Blackfin snapper I should have fish more at night for the black fin snapper Cesar got a huge black grouper one morning 50# range while we were fishing on top before we moved out deep for the day I suggest you bring an electric real if you don't have one by one, there were some people fishing with conventional but it was a grind fishing with 3 to 4 pound weights all day up and down was a chore.
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I went on the second or third yankee capts trip...if you love deep dropping, it was the bomb, and I love deep dropping. I don't think it's the kind of thing I would do again and again, but it's definitely a FL Saltwater fisherman bucket list must IMO.
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if you look on youtube, there was a post of some guys on a 20ftish panga that went out to Pulley Ridge and fished thru the night. That is a long trip but they made it and back. Fishing report seemed good but it looked like a long way to go.
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Thanks Max and others.

I know that Pulley Ridge is about 75 miles west/northwest of Key West. How far is PR from Sanibel Island in Lee County? I would guess 90?
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Haven't done it yet,,, but I'm booked for a trip in May!
Old 01-20-2015, 11:30 AM
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Pulley Ridge is a "must do" for me in 2015. I just don't now if I'm going to tow down to Key West and launch from there or tow down to Lee/Collier County and launch from there.
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
Thanks Max and others.

I know that Pulley Ridge is about 75 miles west/northwest of Key West. How far is PR from Sanibel Island in Lee County? I would guess 90?
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Its further than that. Its probably 45nm west of the Dry Tortugas putting it about 120nm one way.
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http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...Overnight-trip

I was questioning If I would do this trip in my contender 27. after reading the above thread. I am going to add pulley to me must go list.
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Originally Posted by C Skip R View Post
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Its further than that. Its probably 45nm west of the Dry Tortugas putting it about 120nm one way.
Gotcha. I thought that I had read that it was 80 west of Key West; but you are correct........ PR is much further.

I was able to download a USCG benthic map of the Pulley Ridge area and there are several areas on the northern portion that show excellent relief and sharp drops. I'll map the distance from Sanibel Island tonight. It looks to be 100 miles. My boat has an easy 250mile range without need of additional tanks/bladders.

From Pine Island or Boca Grande, it appears to be about 100 miles but I'll get a better mapping program later tonight.

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Originally Posted by SnapperShooter View Post
http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...Overnight-trip

I was questioning If I would do this trip in my contender 27. after reading the above thread. I am going to add pulley to me must go list.
Let's roll........
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I have been in the talks about doing a run out, pulley ridge is way south, about 130-140 miles south west. Due west of us in about 110 miles we have the ridge as well. Just about anywhere there you will be able to find the fish. With gas as cheap as it is, I'm waiting on the weather to do the run. We got some slob golden tiles this weekend out of key largo, now ready to find them out here.
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I have been in the talks about doing a run out, pulley ridge is way south, about 130-140 miles south west. Due west of us in about 110 miles we have the ridge as well. Just about anywhere there you will be able to find the fish. With gas as cheap as it is, I'm waiting on the weather to do the run. We got some slob golden tiles this weekend out of key largo, now ready to find them out here.
I agree. I'm fortunate to have a couple of guys that I regularly fish with and they are willing to go any place at just about any time (both are professionals in their careers and love to fish). But they always pay the entire fuel bill plus extra for the wear on the boat. So I generally don't care too much about the cost of the fuel.
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I would be interested in going to in my CV if you guys make a trip. I think I would need a fuel bladder. The guys on the panga video went straight thru but it seems like getting out to Dry Toetigas first and camping overnight may be a better way to go. Then launch early from the fort and run the 45 miles out to fish the day and then back to rest on shore. Would be a cool trip for sure
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I did a private semi private Pulley Ridge trip on the YC. It was a little different than the normal PR trip that they do. We fished a little shallower, roughly 200-400ft while drifting. So it was not exactly deep dropping. We caught scamp groupers, black groupers, red groupers, some muttons, blackfin snappers, blackfin tuna at night, red snapper (all tossed back SMH)...the last day we came in closer and fished the Tortugas for muttons and yellowtails.
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Originally Posted by veikx View Post
I have been in the talks about doing a run out, pulley ridge is way south, about 130-140 miles south west. Due west of us in about 110 miles we have the ridge as well. Just about anywhere there you will be able to find the fish. With gas as cheap as it is, I'm waiting on the weather to do the run. We got some slob golden tiles this weekend out of key largo, now ready to find them out here.
I took the bottom contour map tat I have of the Pulley Ridge area and plotted the GPS coordinates of ideal "looking" locations (I'd be happy to share with you) and measured distances from Boca Grande and Pine Island. Your distance estimations are almost "spot-on" Veikx.
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Chris, are you thinking of going with the seacraft? Just curious on how far of a run in a 23 ft boat.
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i fished it 15 times last year it is epic, on my own boat. it is 150 miles SW of Gordons pass in collier county. this is where you will deep drop. the acutual ridge is much closer. the 250-300' range will get you grouper, muttons and blackfin tuna at night. there are wahoo and dolphin around if you want to troll out there to save fuel.

I burn anywhere from 350-400 gallons, seas should be 2' or less. i have gone in much larger conditions, but it is painful and not worth the run and fuel burn on rough seas.

you will catch snowies, yellowedge and warsaw grouper from 550' to 900'. some blueline tiles in the mix as well. the larger bluelines are in about 750'. found a few large queens but nothing in a large concentration yet, but still searching.

large golden tiles are in 950' these take more patience as you need to cover more ground on the drift to find them.

the closest land to you will be the fort, it is 45-50 miles to the east. if anyone wants to buddy boat, let me know. with all the closures going on, it is the last area you can fish and not worry about having to throw your catch back. that is until they close deep dropping in the gulf next.
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I could squeeze out a few numbers from a friend of mine who gave some to YC for their first trip out there. I hold 240 gallons and avg 1.3-1.4 fully loaded on a 2-3' chop day. I was thinking of getting two 55 gal plastic drums for fuel. Say I do the 150 mile run, for the way out and back ill burn through all of it. the extra 50 gallons will give me some play room with drifts and moving around. My only thing is, if I run straight out to 110-130 out here, I have numbers I can fish on the way back in.
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i have #'s on they way out and back as well, it is nice to stop and wet a line to break things up. for me in naples, it is the closest distance to get to that depth of water. if i went due west, it would be about 165-170 miles. there are a lot of wrecks in the pulley ridge area as well just to the NE about 8 miles. i will be glad to share #'s with anyone wanting to go out there.

I found a ledge at pulley ridge that went from 500' straight vertical drop to 720'. have not had the right drift conditions to fish it properly yet. im hoping it will hold queens.

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