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Old 06-25-2019, 02:08 PM
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Nice job fellas ! Going to hit it in the am
Keep a pitch rod ready for a sail! Good Luck!
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:20 PM
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Thanks, GOOD LUCK
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:33 AM
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Fell flat on Wednesday. Nothing but RS and AJs. I take full blame as I was being a little lazy and sitting too long. Just was not all in. Did hit my big mango spot on the way in but it failed. I was 4 for 4 at it over last trips but now its 4 for 5
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Old 06-28-2019, 10:06 AM
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That's why they call it Fishing.... Better luck next time. The Mango's are something that i definitely don't have figured out offshore yet, they are on my hit list... We are going to try it again tomorrow. Thinking about going out of the port? Been seeing a lot of Mahi action in close... Maybe try something different and slow troll around some inshore stuff, We'll see??
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:45 AM
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That's why they call it Fishing.... Better luck next time. The Mango's are something that i definitely don't have figured out offshore yet, they are on my hit list... We are going to try it again tomorrow. Thinking about going out of the port? Been seeing a lot of Mahi action in close... Maybe try something different and slow troll around some inshore stuff, We'll see??
Mangos: big eyes mean they see everything. You need 1/4 oz weight and 20 pound fluoro carbon leader. Best results with chumming. We mix oats, old chopped up mullet, glass monies and throw a handful every 5-10 min. When you anchor, find the bottom, but you must be off the number 20 foot or so. So you are kinda off it. They will come to you. We fished 120foot bottom but were were catching them at 60foot in the water column Bec the chum brought them up
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:31 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.

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.
Just wanted to report back on this. We didn't make it out last weekend — bait pump failed and by the time I got it fixed it was just too late.

We did go yesterday to sites 5 and 3. Got a million grunts and pigs, some small triggers, and a few other assorted weird bottom fish. Surface visibility was very good. Kids got to see a jumping eagle ray, turtles, huge schools of spadefish, and a couple big log barracuda. They were excited about sharks, but we never saw or hooked one.

While they were fishing, I kept a 6" grunt out on a flatline on 30-lb gear. Eventually it got eaten by a big mystery fish about midway in the water column at site 3. Fought it for a good 10 minutes but broke it off at deep color. Still don't know what it was. Took a couple good runs, but not as fast as an AJ or big crevalle, didn't bulldog for the bottom like a grouper, minimal head shaking or tail beats, too light colored for a cobia. I'll be wondering about that one for a while.

Kids slept all the way back to the inlet. Mission accomplished. Thanks for the advice.




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Old 07-01-2019, 06:17 AM
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Just wanted to report back on this. We didn't make it out last weekend — bait pump failed and by the time I got it fixed it was just too late.

We did go yesterday to sites 5 and 3. Got a million grunts and pigs, some small triggers, and a few other assorted weird bottom fish. Surface visibility was very good. Kids got to see a jumping eagle ray, turtles, huge schools of spadefish, and a couple big log barracuda. They were excited about sharks, but we never saw or hooked one.

While they were fishing, I kept a 6" grunt out on a flatline on 30-lb gear. Eventually it got eaten by a big mystery fish about midway in the water column at site 3. Fought it for a good 10 minutes but broke it off at deep color. Still don't know what it was. Took a couple good runs, but not as fast as an AJ or big crevalle, didn't bulldog for the bottom like a grouper, minimal head shaking or tail beats, too light colored for a cobia. I'll be wondering about that one for a while.

Kids slept all the way back to the inlet. Mission accomplished. Thanks for the advice.

Very nice! Looks like they were having fun. Here is my grandson coming back in a while back. This is the best part! I get a little quiet time with just me, the boat and the wind...lol



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Old 07-08-2019, 08:04 AM
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Not an exactly a Ponce Inlet report, but did go fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon over the holiday weekend.

July 3- got to Beacon 42 ramp just before sunrise. Headed east to a flat north of Cucumber Island with a ton of mullet and even more Pinfish. No bites after 20 minutes. Moved north to a point exactly due east of Haulover and caught (1) Ladyfish that my dad threw back. Wanted it for bait Moved after 15 minutes. Again moved around the point eastward and spooked up some nice size reds. Worked the area for 30 minutes, but no takers. Did see a manatee orgy I believe. Moved again to the south channel of Tiger Shoals and worked around an island and around Bird Island and caught (1) Trout. Again spooked a couple reds and a ton of mullet. We picked up and headed north to Plantation Island and again no takers. Picked up and fished the island by the Tiger Shoals north channel exit. Water was really bad so we moved after 5 minutes. Final spot of the day was behind the west side spoil island north of Beacon 42 by the isolated kayak ramp. Water quality was a little better but still no fish. Bad day for sure. Off the water at 1130am.

July 5- decided to move north up to Riverbreeze Ramp and got to it 30 minutes prior to sunrise. Plan was to work north of the ramp and finish the day at the south Causeway bridge. We worked numerous docks, walls, etc on the west side with no takers. Decided to try out a small channel cut between a couple islands and landed a very hefty 24" Redfish (FINALLY). This red didn't want to be caught and made my dad's 2500 Sustain work for it. We continued to move north. Finally decided to make the move to the bridge and give my dad's new Hummingbird Helix a try. We still didn't catch any big fish, but did see a boat get pulled around for 30 minutes trying to land a 60lb or so Tarpon. He eventually released it boat side when it looked like a pulled hook. Off the water at 1230pm well in advance of the rain clouds.

FWC really needs to start patrolling the main channel south of the NSB bridge because so many people shoot the middle finger to No Wake Zones.

On a side note if anybody boated this area did you happen to see the new Solace boat at the dock in Edgewater I believe. Is that the house of Everglades Boat company owner? It really looks interesting.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:55 AM
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Man, that's discouraging to work it that hard for not much. Glad you got one good one though. I've been fishing north of George's recently, mainly just because the clarity is a bit better up there.

My folks have a place on the water a mile or so south of the Edgewater ramp, and it's amazing not only how many people completely disregard the idle speed/no wake zone near the park there but also how many jet skis spend all afternoon running up and down the channel at 50+ mph in the regular 30/25 zone.

I saw that Solace docked there Friday morning on my way to the inlet. Better looking in the water than in renderings, but then again that's not saying much.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:41 AM
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ARS bait question. I'll be joining the flotilla headed out this weekend. I haven't had any trouble catching them in the past, but it has always been on live cigar minnows, sardines and, particularly, small blue runners that I sabiki'd up at one of the closer reef sites.

Recently, I haven't been getting anything on the sabiki except small grunts, larger pigfish, and the occasional pinfish. I've tried grunts in the past without much luck — the more pelagic type baits have seemed a lot more effective.

So will ARS eat grunts/pigs/pins? Do you clips the tails, cut the dorsal spines, or anything like that?

Also, how about frozen bait? Do you just fish a whole frozen cigar minnow or sardine the same way you would a live bait? I've never done very well with frozen anything.

Sure appreciate any guidance. Mainly wondering what my next best bet is if I can't put any blue runners etc. in the tank.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:13 AM
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ZMT I have done well with frozen before if you cant get live bait.If you do use frozen cut the tail off or it will spin all the way down and make a big mess out of your line.I will be out there also but this weekend out of the port.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by zmt View Post
ARS bait question. I'll be joining the flotilla headed out this weekend. I haven't had any trouble catching them in the past, but it has always been on live cigar minnows, sardines and, particularly, small blue runners that I sabiki'd up at one of the closer reef sites.

Recently, I haven't been getting anything on the sabiki except small grunts, larger pigfish, and the occasional pinfish. I've tried grunts in the past without much luck — the more pelagic type baits have seemed a lot more effective.

So will ARS eat grunts/pigs/pins? Do you clips the tails, cut the dorsal spines, or anything like that?

Also, how about frozen bait? Do you just fish a whole frozen cigar minnow or sardine the same way you would a live bait? I've never done very well with frozen anything.

Sure appreciate any guidance. Mainly wondering what my next best bet is if I can't put any blue runners etc. in the tank.

We've caught a bunch on live grunts, pigfish, etc. A couple weeks ago in the gulf, frozen herring out fished the live pin fish we had. Hell I've caught them trolling dt 30s before with my buddy. They're not too picky when you find them. Watch salty kayak on YouTube. He catches them constantly in his videos on just about everything out of ponce.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by zmt View Post
ARS bait question. I'll be joining the flotilla headed out this weekend. I haven't had any trouble catching them in the past, but it has always been on live cigar minnows, sardines and, particularly, small blue runners that I sabiki'd up at one of the closer reef sites.

Recently, I haven't been getting anything on the sabiki except small grunts, larger pigfish, and the occasional pinfish. I've tried grunts in the past without much luck — the more pelagic type baits have seemed a lot more effective.

So will ARS eat grunts/pigs/pins? Do you clips the tails, cut the dorsal spines, or anything like that?

Also, how about frozen bait? Do you just fish a whole frozen cigar minnow or sardine the same way you would a live bait? I've never done very well with frozen anything.

Sure appreciate any guidance. Mainly wondering what my next best bet is if I can't put any blue runners etc. in the tank.
Cut the grunts into plugs , you will get a lot more action that way .
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I fished friday, we went 2 for 2 on wahoo and had a handful of triggers and porgys on the bottom.
nice! where did you grab the wahoos?
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:35 AM
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Thank you all! See you (and 300 other boats) out there.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:49 PM
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Anyone headed out of Ponce Saturday? Looking like it’s going to be a nice day
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:56 PM
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We’re headed out tomorrow, going to be a zoo. Swoope nice and early. Boat our three then mangroves and triggers, maybe AJs after. Looks like storms by 2
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Yeah, we plan on heading out of Swoopes early as well.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:34 AM
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Yea tomorrow is going to be crazy. You guys think 630 will be ok at swoop?
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:54 AM
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I dont know about up there but the report from the port was all 3 parking lots closed at around 530 so I am thinking my plans for getting at the port at 6 is going to be too late for a place to park in there.Good luck to all thats going out tomorrow.
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