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Old 07-27-2015, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
As mentioned the steps are the ticket for the old salt loop tournament held each year. It is basically the only Billfish tournament held in the Tampa Bay area.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:39 AM
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Yes sir.

Notice the dates for these events.

This is the time of year things heat up out there. It is also the time of the year the weather usually cooperates. I said usually.

For you guys asking here are some 2014 results.
Yep they are out there.

Billfish Division
1st Place: Team Reel Screamer with 1 Blue Marlin, 2 White Marlin, 3 Sailfish and 1 Swordfish – 1301pts
(Anglers Mark Wodlinger, Scott Rickert & Jim Vaughan)
2nd Place: Team Hooker with 1 Blue Marlin – 501pts
(Angler Danny Williams)

Funfish Division
Dolphin (Dorado / Mahi Mahi)
1st Place:Hooker 41.08lbs
2nd Place: The Ripper 28.90 lbs

Wahoo
1st Place: The Ripper 42.38 lbs
2nd Place: Hooker 23.58 lbs

Tuna
1st Place: The Ripper 129.44 lbs
2nd Place: For Now 22.06 lbs

Swordfish
1st Place: Haulin’ Grass 116.88 lbs

2nd Place: Hooker 52.86 lbs
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:18 AM
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:20 AM
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:22 AM
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:31 AM
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Sand Key, just for clarification, the wahoo and cubera are from the 80-90 mile out of St-Pete Elbow? The Tuna from the steps?
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Originally Posted by Troutman561 View Post
Sand Key, just for clarification, the wahoo and cubera are from the 80-90 mile out of St-Pete Elbow? The Tuna from the steps?
Correct!
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:36 AM
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:42 AM
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They are out there. If you have a chance to do it, don't pass it up. Every trip there is always SOMETHING cool that happens. Saw a meteor explode as it entered the atmosphere last trip, and caught a 400ish blue.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:19 AM
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We went out and fished the Peaks/Sticks area a few weeks ago. Working on another trip as soon as possible to hopefully fish the sticks during the day and either swordfish the steps at night or come into the elbow and fish for the night. Lots of big bottom out there and some truly giant fish.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:51 AM
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Wow, this thread is really interesting. Sand key, looks like you have it dialed in.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by sand key View Post
http://www.fishtriplecrown.com/


First captain's meeting tomorrow night!
^^This^^ will be there for all 3 tournaments.
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Originally Posted by SnapperShooter View Post
Wow, this thread is really interesting. Sand key, looks like you have it dialed in.
Just trying to generate some interest for this area.

A few years ago I had no idea catching billfish was even possible off the west coast of FL.

It's pretty extraordinary out there.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by sand key View Post
Just trying to generate some interest for this area.

A few years ago I had no idea catching billfish was even possible off the west coast of FL.

It's pretty extraordinary out there.
How big a boat do you guys run out there with? I fish out of Clearwater and I've never made the run out there. How far were you guys out from Clearwater pass to catch the marlin and tuna?

Sorry for all the questions but this is some exciting stuff.

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Old 07-27-2015, 11:34 AM
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We should set up a THT buddy boat trip out there some day. There's so much ground to cover that it wouldn't hurt to have a few boats around, and being that far out it's reassuring to be able to see another boat and know that there's some backup in case of emergency. It's also so far out that it's prohibitive to many boats making a trip like that, so even if everyone posted their very best Steps/Elbow numbers here for the whole world to see the number of boats with experienced crews and the right gear and knowledge to have a productive trip out there is pretty small.

I'm working on finding my next boat, hopefully a 42' Yellowfin if I can find a decent one on the market soon, and I'm itching to get offshore again and a trip like this is high on the priority list.
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Originally Posted by sand key View Post
Just trying to generate some interest for this area.

A few years ago I had no idea catching billfish was even possible off the west coast of FL.

It's pretty extraordinary out there.
I think the next weekend we have good weather I will shoot out to the elbow or past and give it a go along with some bottom fishing. Last time I was at the elbow we trolled for an hour or 2. Had one awesome hit on a yozuri bonita that took at least 50yrd of line instantly. It ended up coming undone but I am guessing it was a woo.

If you ever need another guy, let me know. I would like to learn that fishery from someone who has done it a few times.
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
We should set up a THT buddy boat trip out there some day. There's so much ground to cover that it wouldn't hurt to have a few boats around, and being that far out it's reassuring to be able to see another boat and know that there's some backup in case of emergency. It's also so far out that it's prohibitive to many boats making a trip like that, so even if everyone posted their very best Steps/Elbow numbers here for the whole world to see the number of boats with experienced crews and the right gear and knowledge to have a productive trip out there is pretty small.

I'm working on finding my next boat, hopefully a 42' Yellowfin if I can find a decent one on the market soon, and I'm itching to get offshore again and a trip like this is high on the priority list.
You and I are in the same boat. I've been fishing inshore for a few years and seeing this and the thread by sea wolf has me salivating for offshore fishing. The nice thing about our coast is that the offshore fishing is some of the best you just have to travel far to get to it.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:03 PM
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I am down for an over nighter trip on a weather window.

Been out to the elbow a bunch.

Got the blue water gear, the deep drop set up, fuel bladder, range etc.

Anyone going and wants to buddy boat just let me know.
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:21 PM
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How far is this from Pensacola area?
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:47 PM
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240 miles
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