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Old 02-17-2019, 05:54 PM
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SLI greeted us to <1' seas at 0630. Anchored in 75' and immediately picked up 3 triggers many short seabags, and a keeper mangrove. The bite slowed as the morning pushed on. Changed spots a few times with nothing different. Picked up and ran to pecks lake where we trolled some tuna teasers with no hits. Seas picked up to about 2 feet by the time we came in at 1630. My son did all the catching. I was designated bait man. Remoras...I hate remoras!!! lol We saw a huge sea turtle, plenty of birds crashing the surface, free jumping "fish", and had 2 commercial boats circle us within outrigger length while we were anchored. I'm the only one there and boom, they come out of nowhere trolling around me for 3 circuits around us.

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Was able to sneak out this afternoon to some lumpy conditions. Good news is that we were able to find the dines.....and one keeper mutton. Lots of rat kings at sandpile. Came back inshore and landed a large fat snook. Very cool. Must have been close to 24" . All in all thankful to be able to be out in a Monday.
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Billinstuart , if you are interested in how bull sharks like inland waters, read " Near Shore " , a book about a true story of a bull shark that started off Atlantic City N J , traveled inland to Matawan Creek N J, back out to the ocean, and ended up in a museum in NYC . Again, based on a true story.
I once lived in Hazlet N J and knew the area of Matawan Creek where he made himself know, quite well.
I fish out of Sebastian, but am very glad that the St Lucie thread is now active . Capt. Billy/Right Stuff
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Originally Posted by lmannyr View Post
SLI greeted us to <1' seas at 0630. Anchored in 75' and immediately picked up 3 triggers many short seabags, and a keeper mangrove. The bite slowed as the morning pushed on. Changed spots a few times with nothing different. Picked up and ran to pecks lake where we trolled some tuna teasers with no hits. Seas picked up to about 2 feet by the time we came in at 1630. My son did all the catching. I was designated bait man. Remoras...I hate remoras!!! lol We saw a huge sea turtle, plenty of birds crashing the surface, free jumping "fish", and had 2 commercial boats circle us within outrigger length while we were anchored. I'm the only one there and boom, they come out of nowhere trolling around me for 3 circuits around us.

I chum heavily. My slick after an hour goes all the way to the horizon. So I have kingfish boats circling me all the time.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:20 PM
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Benicio and I woke up at 3am. Loaded up and made it thru the SLI by 5 and push button hill by 6. Seas were calm at 1-2 feet. Ran to 250 feet and trolled teasers, feathers, and concave heads. Did a couple circles around the hill with not one knockdown. Pointed the bow east and trolled from 250’ to 1100 feet. Scattered manageable weeds. Never saw any carpets of seaweed. Saw a few flying fish. Trolled in to 75’. And called it a day. Not one knockdown. Weather was very nice 76 heading out. Water temp was 77 in the stream. Only saw a handful boats. Back at dock by 1130

Should have left the banana at home.
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Old 02-22-2019, 04:37 PM
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Tomorrow's looking good, Sunday looks better for now. I'll probably decide at 6AM tomorrow whether to head out or wait 1 more day.
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Anyone have any luck this week? Any live bait? Thinking about taking the kids offshore on Saturday.
Old 02-28-2019, 04:13 PM
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Last week threadies were solid right outside the inlet in 30' and some dines were at Sandpile...but very skittish.
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Last Sunday we caught a small Wahoo and a couple small Mahi , between 150 and 200 FOW , north of St Lucie inlet , along a scattered weed line .
Wahoo on a Bally Hoo , the Mahi on a pink skirted pre rigged squid .
It was sporty in our boat going out , smoothed out a little midday .
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Kite fished last Sunday out of SLI had 1 sail right off the bat, but didnt get hooked uo. A little later got a nice blackfin, and end of day got an AJ on bottom, all on live bait caught that AM
Old 03-04-2019, 05:36 AM
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030319 Sword on surface

Finally tried for Swords up here; fished with my buddy Sammy, straight out of Saint Lucie Inlet.
First drop hooked up within a few minutes on Barracuda strip that’s been in my freezer for a year.
Two hours later we get it to boat; only have one old gaff and hook falls out at boatside. We grab it by hand and pull it in.
Sometimes better to be lucky than good!
Filled a big cooler with fillets; lots of fish favors to take care of.
Seas kicked up; sloppy ride in, Had to wear a garbage bag to keep from getting soaked.

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Another pic

030319 Sword
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030319 Sword
Dammm man, I just ordered a couple harpoon points . I hope my first one is smaller then that. I dont want to tangle with a beast. How deep?
Old 03-04-2019, 09:04 AM
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1400’

Good luck trying to get only a small one; usually people want the bigger ones!
Old 03-04-2019, 04:39 PM
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holy cow that's an awesome catch. congrats! can't imagine seeing that sucker coming up to the surface!!
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Originally Posted by lmannyr View Post
and had 2 commercial boats circle us within outrigger length while we were anchored. I'm the only one there and boom, they come out of nowhere trolling around me for 3 circuits around us.
My buddy has been dealing with that up here. It was pretty funny to listen to him thinking they didn't like him. I told him he must have upset them somehow. But about 20 mins later I told him they are trying to drive over the same exact structure you are anchored over because the kings are sitting under you and above the structure

I get why they do it and most of the time I do not mind. Except for the one time the guy did it while turning a circle around us and his lures were skipping across our engines. First thing I pictured is one getting hung up and it going airborne into one of my guests body once it was set free.
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Here's the 125QT full of chunks


Old 03-04-2019, 06:14 PM
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Sammy, you dry out and your hands uncramp yet?

It took us over two hours of running in sloppy seas yesterday to get back in.
It was worth it but I’m bringing my rain gear or more garbage bags next time, no matter what the forecast.
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Originally Posted by daveschw View Post
Sammy, you dry out and your hands uncramp yet?

It took us over two hours of running in sloppy seas yesterday to get back in.
It was worth it but I’m bringing my rain gear or more garbage bags next time, no matter what the forecast.
LOL, I am starting to feel my hands again. definitely on the rain gear, maybe even a scuba mask.
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Nice fish. I have the thinking of giving it a go pretty soon you may have pushed me over the edge.

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