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Old 03-05-2019, 09:10 PM
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Very nice catch. What is an estimate on the size?
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:29 AM
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Very nice catch. What is an estimate on the size?
Iíd guess over 200; measured 74Ē x 40Ē, fairly large girth for the length.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:55 AM
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nice job !!!
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by daveschw View Post


Iíd guess over 200; measured 74Ē x 40Ē, fairly large girth for the length.
Yes over 200. My best estimation is 71" LJFT is a 200 lb fish. Excellent catch!
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Went Daytime Swording again; tried deeper no hits.
Moved shallower, three sets of hits in a row. Couldnít hook up and baits came up destroyed.
Guessing they were small Swords. 2-2.5 knots in gear.
Beautiful day less than 1í seas out there n hot. At least we didnít get soaked like last few trips.

Lots of scattered weeds and 5.5- 6.0 knots of current; no Mahi and little bait.
Looks like good conditions for Mahi soon.
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Originally Posted by daveschw View Post
Went Daytime Swording again; tried deeper no hits.
Moved shallower, three sets of hits in a row. Couldnít hook up and baits came up destroyed.
Guessing they were small Swords. 2-2.5 knots in gear.
Beautiful day less than 1í seas out there n hot. At least we didnít get soaked like last few trips.

Lots of scattered weeds and 5.5- 6.0 knots of current; no Mahi and little bait.
Looks like good conditions for Mahi soon.
You in a Contender by any chance? Very cool that you are getting bites!
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:43 PM
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Not a Contender; on my buddyís boat.
Since moving up here and usually fishing off Fort Lauderdale,
Iím happy we donít have to run way south to find Swords.
The bite has been very good down there; we caught two a few weeks ago when I visited.

Btw the fast current was inshore about 13 miles out; slower on the Sword grounds.
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Originally Posted by daveschw View Post
Not a Contender; on my buddyís boat.
Since moving up here and usually fishing off Fort Lauderdale,
Iím happy we donít have to run way south to find Swords.
The bite has been very good down there; we caught two a few weeks ago when I visited.

Btw the fast current was inshore about 13 miles out; slower on the Sword grounds.
How far out are you guys running to your sword grounds ? Never fished down there before. Im out of Ponce but like to keep my eyes on my neighbors to the north and south lol
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:02 PM
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I estimate about 22-25 miles out but we run south also, so with the Gulfstream we can be closer to Port when we run back in.
Weíre marking the bites to see if thereís a pattern; we donít have a Bathymetric chart for the area and we havenít seen any structure that deep on my buddyís depthfinder.
So just get out there, drop in the mud, and stare at the tip all day!
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Originally Posted by daveschw View Post
I estimate about 22-25 miles out but we run south also, so with the Gulfstream we can be closer to Port when we run back in.
Weíre marking the bites to see if thereís a pattern; we donít have a Bathymetric chart for the area and we havenít seen any structure that deep on my buddyís depthfinder.
So just get out there, drop in the mud, and stare at the tip all day!
Love it! We moved up to Jensen Beach 3 years ago from Ft Crapperdale also. The current at Pushbutton on Monday was close to 5mph so we scrapped our daytiming plans. Good to know that they are out here. I too can find nothing significant on any chart out of SLI to start. I am used to daytiming down south where the humps make it very easy.
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I find the faster current is usually near the edges of the Gulf Stream and slower as you go further out to Sword grounds.
5.0 knots makes it very difficult to deep drop on the bottom but we are usually able to pick at the fish. My buddies got a bunch on Sat., including two nice Golden Tiles.
A good pilot at the wheel makes a huge difference just like in Swordfishing.
With Swords you can always use a heavier weight and run the boat faster
and you’re not trying to keep the weight on the bottom.

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Inshore about 30 min ago..
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
You in a Contender by any chance? Very cool that you are getting bites!
We are running on an Edgewater 265cc.
this is what Dave was talking about for Saturday. the current was ripping, over 4knots, we had to let a lot of line out before we could get any bites. the hill was productive with porgys.




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Old 03-17-2019, 10:27 PM
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Went out 2 days ago and went 3/4 on sails kite fishing. Also, got a couple nice kings. I was fishing around 95-110ft.
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Hello Everybody, My son and I are taking a last minute spring break trip to Jensen Beach the first week of April. I fish out of a Pathfinder 22 and have never been to this area before. I am rigged for both inshore and offshore fishing. What would everyone recommend targeting for the week and is there bait I could target with a cast net or rigs? Thank you and maybe we will see some of you out on the water.
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Originally Posted by tlhjackets View Post
Hello Everybody, My son and I are taking a last minute spring break trip to Jensen Beach the first week of April. I fish out of a Pathfinder 22 and have never been to this area before. I am rigged for both inshore and offshore fishing. What would everyone recommend targeting for the week and is there bait I could target with a cast net or rigs? Thank you and maybe we will see some of you out on the water.
bottom in the 70-80 foot area. Find some structure and catch your choice of mangrove, mutton, sea bass etc... while your picking the bottom, pit out some flat lines. Catch your bait on the bottom at the same spot.
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tlhjackets, just a friendly reminder to be sure and be up to date on regs. for species, size limits, possession limits and open seasons. Wouldn't want a fun day ruined by unknowingly having an illegal fish on board. Have fun catch some dinner. Capt. Billy/Right Stuff
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Originally Posted by tlhjackets View Post
Hello Everybody, My son and I are taking a last minute spring break trip to Jensen Beach the first week of April. I fish out of a Pathfinder 22 and have never been to this area before. I am rigged for both inshore and offshore fishing. What would everyone recommend targeting for the week and is there bait I could target with a cast net or rigs? Thank you and maybe we will see some of you out on the water.
Since itís hard to say what the weather is going to do, itís difficult to give you a lot of help. Based on the clarity of water right now, if the weather permits, I would head offshore. You could throw the net around sandsprit or wherever you launch, but I usually sabiki at the buoy (right out the inlet), sandpile, or bullshark barge. Or since youíre there on vacation, just buy 2-3 dozen at the ramp.

Regarding what to target: once again hard to say, as we are kind of in a transition period between seasons. There should be some more dolphin around by then, so you could troll some ballyhoo (naked, skirted, etc), you could bump troll live bait, or just run until you find a fishy area. If bottom fishing is your thing, hopefully the water will clear up by then. Itís pretty dirty to 100í as of yesterday. Are you set up to kite fish?
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Originally Posted by swaptrex View Post

Since itís hard to say what the weather is going to do, itís difficult to give you a lot of help. Based on the clarity of water right now, if the weather permits, I would head offshore. You could throw the net around sandsprit or wherever you launch, but I usually sabiki at the buoy (right out the inlet), sandpile, or bullshark barge. Or since youíre there on vacation, just buy 2-3 dozen at the ramp.

Regarding what to target: once again hard to say, as we are kind of in a transition period between seasons. There should be some more dolphin around by then, so you could troll some ballyhoo (naked, skirted, etc), you could bump troll live bait, or just run until you find a fishy area. If bottom fishing is your thing, hopefully the water will clear up by then. Itís pretty dirty to 100í as of yesterday. Are you set up to kite fish?
Kite fishing was almost impossible this weekend due to the incessant weed. Broken up by the West wind. It was brutal. Combined with the filthy water it made for a very frustrating day.
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Thanks guys for all the info it really helps because I have had no time to prepare for this trip. I just scheduled it last Saturday. I am not setup to kite fish. I usually bump troll live bait when available or troll ballyhoo. A also have wahoo rigs and lures. I have not done a lot of bottom fishing, but would like to try this vacation if it is good conditions. I am staying in a house with a dock so fortunately I wont have to launch every day. I am about 5 miles north of the inlet on the east side. Is there good fishing in the intracoastal waterway or river for snook, possibly at night? Where do you recommend buying live bait if needed in the area? Thank you again for all the help!
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