NC Jigging again ... the mating call

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by gman, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    Yes you heard it here first apparently April is the spawning month for amberjacks and dolphins so fishing was really off but I still had an amazing time and laughed my ass off

    Here is the type of jig you use when you fish for amberjack during spawning season

    nagamassa extra ribbed special .. the damn thing went down with a package I hooked up and it came up without it but rubber attached. I guess they are smarter than most

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  2. gman

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    et me first give a huge thanks to Chip of Offshore Experiences & Rick of Living Water Charters. Those two guys are not only top notch charter Captains but funny funny guys and do everything to put you on the fish.

    In addition Arlen & Robert, thanks for putting up with me I know I can be a pest at times and a little high strung

    The purpose of this trip was to venture out and try to find some new spots to AJ jig unfortunately the amberjacks are spawning at the moment so it made it very hard to locate them in any numbers and in any size

    That doesn't mean we didn't catch ... on the contrary. I probably landed more fish than I ever did but the size and quality just wasn't there so pictures of good fish are scarce on this report
     

  3. gman

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    Day 1: I dont see any value of posting 1,000 shots of medium sized fish so we only took a few pictures for the two days

    I had the luxury of fishing with Captain Rick of Living Waters and Robert (stormtrooper) as Chip was out hunting monsters with Dennis Braid. We set off early in beautiful seas looking for big amberjacks got to our first stop and immediately dropped down ... well almost

    Rick and Robert watched me drop down to see if anything happenned LOL

    Well first drop provided a strike and we spent most of the day doing exactly what the first drop did ... hooking Alamco Jacks. I swear if those things got as big as amberjacks no one would jig. They are such hard fighters its insane

    We basically hooked up on almost every drop with large and some really huge Almacos with maybe 4 amberjacks. We had blackfin tuna hits all day as well in the top of the water column but couldnt land any. I had my first gag grouper as well. Then came the slaughter absolutely every fish was just being ravaged by sharks. We had about 12 of them circling teh boat actually coming out of the water for a fish head. It was insane

    Then Robert hooked a submarine that smoked a stella almost to the spool, he said it was the bottom until we drove 900' away from it and it was still fighting. Had to be a massive shark. It was an awesome display of power

    With jigging slowing down we all of a sudden turned into sharkers as they were everywhere but of course as luck would have it when we needed Alamaco Jacks for bait we couldnt friggin find any hahahahahah and then when we did the sharks left hahahahah

    All in All Rick ran all over teh world trying to get me on fish and stayed our really late doing it. The larger fish werent there but I had one drop one fish all day long

    A huge thanks to Rick for going above and beyond for me, much appreciated and anytime you need comedy relief just let me know I will drive down. Robert you are one funny mother f****

    Highlights of the day

    1. Using Smith Meijiyume SL (Semi Long) ... they are absolutely deadly jigs
    2. Creating the Almaco song
    3. Acting as a fish finder in Ricks Dashboard
    4. Trying to snag a 10' hammerhead shark because I had no bait
    5. laughing so hard I could even fight my fish
    6. Debating the whole dead person thang
    7. Stump Hotties
    8. Hooking a fish with a condom Teaser LMFAO

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  4. gman

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    Well day two I fished with Chip and we decided to go exploring and try to find some new ledges and bottom. The trip started out fast as Arlen fuccking hooked and landed an wahoo on the jig, Ive never seen a fish cut through the top of the ocean like that fish. It was on fire.

    We spent the next hours jigging up medium amberjacks and almaco jacks with some nice red groupers and gags as well. Caught some sea bass as well

    Chip and Arlen worked overtime as usual trying to get us on fish bit teh amberjack bite just wasn there

    Amberjacks and grouper apparently spawn this month which explains it. We also got to see first hand a huge dolphin spectauclar as well. I have never seen so many dolphins humping before. It was insane

    We learned several new techniques such as crouching dragon hidden almaco, circle technique and many more. we laughed a lot

    The best part was the last 15 minutes casting poppers to schools of huge amberjacks right under the boat. I hooked and landed the biggest one they have seen on a popper. It wasnt long but was very thick and had huge shoulders

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  5. gman

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    Unfortunately I got a bad wind knot in my stella/BD200 combo and I didnt want to miss the bite so I grabbed Chips rod and got slammed my first 3 chugs. This fish was huge compared to what they normally are and Arlen said it was the biggest he has seen on topwater. They fight really good but after two fish being landed they shut off completely. It was so cool because huge school of them would swim inches under the water driving you absolutely insane

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  7. rtran

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    nice job again, those topwater aj look like a blast!
     
  8. txseadog

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    Thanks for the report. One question, what did you do with the Lionfish?

    Looks like there is a push to start eating the damn things to help control the population. Maybe they'll replace the snapper fishery...
     
  9. toppuntawong

    toppuntawong -- Tackle Ho --

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    Glenn...you are the MAN!
     
  10. gman

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    we killed them and dumped them, they are highly poisonous ... Didn't even want to go near them
     
  11. JFLORES

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    Glenn,

    Funny stuff, good thing they use protection we dont want anymore
    AJ'S swimming around:p
     
  12. peterk814

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    The lionfish hurt for sure if you get stung and dont do anything about it. Soak whatever was stung in hot water and it will kill the poison.