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Old 06-17-2019, 11:45 AM
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Same story for me on Saturday fished off north Daytona in 90 to 100', marked allot of bait and fish on the bottom. Very slow pick, had a few small red snapper to release, a nice trigger, a black snapper and lots of grunts. Called it a day at 11:30. Better than working though......
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:37 PM
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We fished site 5 on Sunday. Had a few hard hits that we didn't get the hook set on. Otherwise it was just non stop grunts. It seemed like they went for every bait we put down.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:16 AM
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Saw this on FB , 45 miles off of Ponce .

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Old 06-18-2019, 08:36 AM
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Accidentally posted this in Port Canaveral thread first, still learning THT..... I took a friend of mine and our daughters out Saturday. Little bumby on the way out at 6 sec but once we were there it was nice. Bite was hot early as we caught a variety of bottom dwellers including keeper Triggers, sea bass, lane snapper, red grouper, and a nice flounder that must've been lost. Current was confused at first and eventually diminished completely, water temp was a cool 76 degrees and felt colder on the bottom. Girls had fun and it was a good day on the water. First post with pics so bare with me!



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Old 06-19-2019, 01:58 PM
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Anyone headed out Saturday? As of now, it’s looking like it may be a good day
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:18 AM
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Heading out Sunday to deep drop and bottom fish.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:31 AM
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Im trying to go out sunday not sure if ponce or the port but I will be staying shallow (less then 100ft) as the phins have been shallow but I want to hit some bottom fish too.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:31 AM
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I will be taking the family out Saturday to bottom fish. Hopefully my daughter doesn't get sea sick like last week.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:27 AM
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Hoping to get some advice. If the forecast is right, I'm headed out Saturday with wife, 10 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Son regularly goes along on longer offshore trips, but this will the first time outside the jetties for my daughter. She's spent plenty of time on the boat -- just always in the rivers, lagoon, scalloping, etc.

Plan is to head for one of the closer county reefs -- like in the 8- to 12-mile range -- and basically let the kids play around catching grunts. Want to be within 20 or 25 mins of the inlet.

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Are any of those ~10 mile spots distinctly better than any others? I often make bait at 5 or 6 but otherwise haven't fished any of the other close reefs.

Is there a realistic chance of catching anything else -- sheepshead, snapper, flounder, trigger, maybe a bonito or a king on a flatline? Or should I just stick to keeping shrimp on the kids' hooks and not bother trying to target anything besides grunts etc. As those of you who fish with young kids know, trying to actually fish yourself while also keeping the kids baited up, untangled, etc. is a challenge.

I appreciate any help you all can offer. Not looking for your grouper ledges -- just advice on which nearshore reef to take the fam to.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:58 AM
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ZMT, if you want to just keep them on grunts go to site 5 with some chunks of squid. The grunts were hitting the squid before it even hit the bottom last week. Also, I landed a nice flounder at 5 last week.
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by zmt View Post
Hoping to get some advice. If the forecast is right, I'm headed out Saturday with wife, 10 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Son regularly goes along on longer offshore trips, but this will the first time outside the jetties for my daughter. She's spent plenty of time on the boat -- just always in the rivers, lagoon, scalloping, etc.

Plan is to head for one of the closer county reefs -- like in the 8- to 12-mile range -- and basically let the kids play around catching grunts. Want to be within 20 or 25 mins of the inlet.

Questions:

Are any of those ~10 mile spots distinctly better than any others? I often make bait at 5 or 6 but otherwise haven't fished any of the other close reefs.

Is there a realistic chance of catching anything else -- sheepshead, snapper, flounder, trigger, maybe a bonito or a king on a flatline? Or should I just stick to keeping shrimp on the kids' hooks and not bother trying to target anything besides grunts etc. As those of you who fish with young kids know, trying to actually fish yourself while also keeping the kids baited up, untangled, etc. is a challenge.

I appreciate any help you all can offer. Not looking for your grouper ledges -- just advice on which nearshore reef to take the fam to.
We have pulled keeper gags, yellowtails, lanes, mangos and cobia off of Site 5 and battle some nice ARS. On Site 15 we have gotten into redfish, black drum, small grouper, sharks and rays. On Sites 3, 12, 1 we have done the same as Site 5 plus some AJ's in the mix. I'd say come prepared with some squid and maybe cut bait to accompany the shrimp. Doesn't hurt to leave some large bait soaking. That being said we haven't been bottom fishing yet this year so I cannot comment on recent activity on these sites. Good luck and good for you for taking the kiddos out and getting them involved!
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:43 PM
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Was at 5 few weeks back and wife caught two short, 24”, AJs on light tackle and she had a blast. She doesn’t care what’s biting as long as she is catching something she has a good time.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:06 PM
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Thank you all. We'll probably start in the site 12 / site 3 area. I'll bring some cut bait too and see if I can sabiki up some small live baits for a flat line.
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:15 PM
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Was hot out there today. Limit of mangroves, a ton of the endangered ars, one trigger, one amber jack that hit while I was untangling lines and cut my hand nicely due to my damn fingers being inside a loop I was trying to untangle. Played with a big cuda and ran in by 2.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:05 AM
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38# and 24#. Big guy nailed the spinning rod as my wife was setting it out!
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:24 AM
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Nice! How deep?
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:50 AM
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200', clean blue water over 81 degrees. Came out of scattered weed while trolling from bottom spot to bottom spot. Saw 2 free jumping bill fish and had a 3rd swim up to the boat while fishing on the bottom.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:00 AM
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We ran out 20 miles on Sunday. Bottom bite was dead. We picked up one keeper trigger and a few short others. Got a decent dolphin on a feeelined grunt out back. Pleasant suprise for sure. We also lost a cobia close to the boat.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:00 AM
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Cleared the inlet just after daybreak and had a speedy ride to the fishing grounds with a slight west wind and calm seas. Hit first stop vertical jigging, nothing but small Almaco's, move on to second spot pretty much the same. Worked to get a couple keeper AJ's and bigger Almaco's past the sharks. Had a couple of peanuts swim up to the boat but disappeared before we could pitch a bait to them. However we baited a couple pitch poles in anticipation of their return. Had a buddy fishing the same spot in his boat and he managed to catch 3 when they came by him... Couple more drifts and we spot more Mahi, pitch a bait and fish on. About a 15-20 lb bull on light spinning tackle and he was in the box. Trolled out to about 300' in hopes of deep dropping but with 4+ knot current and anglers new to deep dropping i decided it wasn't worht the hassle. Trolled back around where all the activity was earlier without a knockdown. Decided to run in about 20 miles and see what the bottom bite was doing and explore some numbers i haven't checked. Caught quite a few smaller ARS, sea bass and lost something big due to braid failing. Almost seems as if Upwelling has started?Breeze died off and it got slick...Too hot to bottom fish anymore. So we called it a day. No Banner day but a good couple bags of fillets and Beautiful day on Lake Atlantic. Shout out to #FoolsGoldFishingTeam for some nice action shots!




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Old 06-25-2019, 01:33 PM
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Nice job fellas ! Going to hit it in the am
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