Port A 3/9/07-3/11/07

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by MrBill, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. MrBill

    MrBill Senior Member

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    Being land locked isn't fun when you hear reports from fishing friends. Best weekend in months and they rub it in your face. I know their are a lot of you here on this board that said you were going to the coast for Spring break. This is for you guys. This is second hand but from from the horses's mouth of a couple of different friends that fished out of Port A.

    Boat A
    This boat caught and released a blue marlin in the 200# range. That boat also boated 4 Hoo's in the 20-40# range. All caught off Ranzell's Rock while trolling. This guy said the weed lines are incredible right now. They only found one rip that had current flowing. That's the one that produced the above catches. They trolled four different rip lines with nothing. These guys are marlin fisherman. That's all they care about. No bottom fishing. They worked from 100 to 400 fathoms on Friday 3/9/07. On Sat, they went and fished both north and south Baker. Nothing on the rocks so headed to Dutra. Once again, tons of weed lines and only two Hoo's for the day. No Dolphin or billfish sited.

    Boat B
    They started out looking for Blackfins. He said he hit blue water 21 miles offshore. That's shallow for this time of year. This was Sat, 3/10/07. His first stop was a Shrimp boat a little inshore of Southern. Nothing at the shrimp boat. He trolled Southern rock for Hoo's, but nothing. He commented about too much grass and it was trouble keeping the lures clean. They then headed to Ant Hill. On the way they hit two more Anchored shrimp boats looking for Blackfins. Nothing.

    If you have never fished Ant Hill, there are 3 rigs spaced out in about 200 to 240 foot depths. It's around 18 miles south of Southern. The first rig produced tons of kingfish. He said they were in a eating frenzy. Several Kingfish missles almost landed in their boat. When the kings are feeding on the surface, they will attack at high speeds from below. The next thing they know they are airbore around 15 feet in the air. It's really fun to watch. They deceided to pull out the poppers. The kings were all over them.They kept a few for dinner and released the rest. He said they went nuts on large silver spoon's being trolled.

    These guys are just like most GOM offshore fisherman. They got introduced
    to jigging last year for the first time. Since Ant Hill is know for AJ's, they started jigging. They were using Torsa's with Trevalla XXH rods. Right off the bat, the jigs were hit by big Jack Cravells. The Jacks were down about 100 feet. If you've never caught a Jack, your in for a fight. Pound for pound a pure fighter. These were the big Jacks. (30+ pounds).
    Even though they are inedible, they are fun to catch. Here's the best part of their trip.

    After fighting this one Jack for 20 minutes, the Jack was in visible site down below. A dark shadow appeared and the fish was half gone. The guy cranked it easily toward the boat. Remember, this is on a jig with Assist hooks. As the half eaten fish was about three feet from the boat, a very large Mako came up from nowhere and busted the surface with the Jack in his jaws. The guy told me that the Mako's Jaws were no more than three feet from his head as he broke the surface. He never saw it coming. He told me that was the closest he had ever come in life to crapping in his pants. Anyway, the mako was screaming off line like a bullet until it went limp. I told him he was probably the first guy in history have a mako on a jig with a Jack's head attached.

    He summed up his trip by saying that the jigs outfished live bait. They could reach the bottom with live bait, but on AJ's. It was almost impossible the get a jig to the bottom with being hit by either a King or Jack.They did manage to get a 45 pound grouper on a jig after switching to another rig at Ant Hill. They lost all 16 jigs they brought with them by the end of the day. He is now adictted to jigging. I told him he needs to get rid of that Candy Stick Trevalla and get a manly jigging rod. He likes the rod and thinks it did a great job. I'll talk him into a decent stick by the summer.
     
  2. Bret

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    Nice report.. I wish I could have made it out saturday.. but I didnt have my boat work done.. sunday was too windy.. so we just went for a boat ride.
    Man, I might have crapped myself too if a mako jumped out of the water that close..
     

  3. MrBill

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    Bret, did you eat breakfast with the Corpus group? My wife said it was gorgeous Friday and Saturday and not so great Sunday. Sorry, no pics of above post.
     

  4. Bret

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    Yeah, I saw Snagged, txfisherman, Etan, and Deepbluegulf.. Had a nice BS session.. then headed to the boat barn. It WAS beautiful on Saturday.. I kept watching buoyweather and the forecast kept shifting for the worst..
    When I left the Back Porch at 11:30 it was calm.. but by the am. I could tell it would get worse. I'll be back in 2 weeks to try again. Had to order a new power cable for my sonar... greenworm got it...
     
  5. Ragman

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    Great reports MrBill!

    As much as I love topwater fishing, I would have been euphoric out there, even if they were just king mackerals! LOL

    The mako event, uh, wow, and I thought if you stayed in the boat you were out of the food chain! OMG!
     
  6. STx Fisherman

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    Thanks for the reports Mr. Bill.....
    The Mako story could be a classic.
     
  7. MrBill

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    I heard it was a little sloppy the first 10 miles on Saturday. Beyond that it was very pleasant. Both guys told me the Sargassum was very thick in places. Sometimes patches up to 1/2 acre in size. The Hoo's should show up in force any time. Not enough bait fish yet. They were feeding on themselves. One guy always looks in the stomach's of his caught fish. I do the same thing. It's a smart way of knowing what they are feeding on. He found chunks of other hoo's.

    After just reading my post, I forgot to say that the Double Yellow was a hot spot for medium size grouper and undersized AJ's. It's only about a 18 mile run. Jigging performed best and there weren't any kingsters there to steal your jigs.

    Speaking of cables. Last time I was down, some jerk-off vandal used a pair of dikes to cut my GPS antenna cable in half. :mad: I tried to splice it back together. Now, the GPS doesn't recognize any beacons. It also asks me for the serial number every time I boot it up. It's always something. It's a Northstar and the couplings weren't available in Port A, or Corpus. I had to buy another one mail order. Hope that was the problem.
     
  8. SkeeterRonnie

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    MAN! I cant WAIT!!! less than 2 MONTHS!!! I am just content being out there in the sea, catching fish is a bonus!! Sounds like your friends had a blast. Wait until OTI gets thier jig sticks in... they are sweeeeeeeet!!! I have felt the blanks.
     
  9. Snagged

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    MrBill,
    Did your wife pick up the reel?
     
  10. MrBill

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    MrBill,
    Did your wife pick up the reel?

    Yes, believe it or not. It's really nice. The instruction sheet doesn't list the max drag on the Sustain 8000. I would think it's around 20 pounds. Very smooth reel. It looks brand new. I don't know why Roy's put on new gears. He left the replaced ones in a bag. They looked good to me. But, I have new gears now. Almost as smooth as the Stella.

    The one thing she didn't do was get me some Shrimp off the Polly Anna. I needed 25 pounds of shrimp more than I needed another reel. I'm running low here at home. I eat shrimp at least once a week. They sell jumbo's right off the boat. Usually 6 bucks a pound. There is another offshore shrimp boat that sells off his boat in the area of where you park at the boat ramp. He is cheaper.
     
  11. Bret

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    The one thing she didn't do was get me some Shrimp off the Polly Anna. I needed 25 pounds of shrimp more than I needed another reel. I'm running low here at home. I eat shrimp at least once a week. They sell jumbo's right off the boat. Usually 6 bucks a pound. There is another offshore shrimp boat that sells off his boat in the area of where you park at the boat ramp. He is cheaper.


    Man, on sunday we saw that other shrimper by the boat ramp and he had a line of about 30 folks waiting to buy some shrimp.
     
  12. MrBill

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    Man, on Sunday we saw that other shrimper by the boat ramp and he had a line of about 30 folks waiting to buy some shrimp.

    Last Fall, he was nailing the shrimp offshore. I saw him come in with 9 bushels one morning. He left port at midnight. A bushel of shrimp is 80 pounds. He cut me a deal at 250 bucks for one bushel. They were huge. 8-10 count.

    Here's how I freeze shrimp. I take off the head. Open up a quart Ziplock freezer bag. Fill it 3/4 to the top. Fill the bag with water and zip it shut while squeezing out the air. Place in freezer. It's best to use very cold water when bagging. They will freeze a lot faster. They will last frozen for 9 to 12 months. I worked for two weeks on a shrimp boat one summer in high school. They taught it to me. That is a very hard job. They stay out until the hull is full. I only made two trips. Each one lasting a week. The only reason I did it was because I though it would be a cool job. It sucked.

    If you think your getting "Fresh" shrimp off a shrimp boat, you are actually getting "Once" frozen shrimp. They don't use ice. It's a huge deep freeze down in that hole. The guys discussed above that sell off the boat in Port A are selling you never frozen shrimp. They leave port around dark and return to port around AM. They pack theirs on ice or in 34 degree salt water. That's why they taste so good.
     
  13. SkeeterRonnie

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    Mr Bill. what type of drag washers are in the Sustain? Those shrimp sound TASTY!! the way you freeze them is the same way I freeze crappie fillets(only freshwater fish I eat anymore) Only problem is that they dont last more than 6 months!! I eat em too quick!
     
  14. MrBill

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    Mr Bill. what type of drag washers are in the Sustain?

    I don't know. Stock from factory I assume. I found out that it provides 24lbs of drag out of the box. It weighs 20.6 oz. Capacity is 300 yards of 65# spectra. It's a nice little reel. I have some sustain 4000's I use for inshore fishing. They are great for kingfish. This will probably be used as a jigging reel.
     
  15. SkeeterRonnie

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    this reel looks very close to a spheros, and the drag system sounds like its the same. in that case the washers are FELT. I would replace them,as Capt Eddie has the spheros drags burn up on him on a big fish. www.smoothdrag.com (Dawn) can hook you up for ~$8.00. SOunds like you have yourself a sweeeeeeet little reel!! I am wanting an 8000 series just for the reduced wieght(mounted on an OTI spinning rod).

    http://fish.shimano.com/catalog/fish/products/group_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302036666&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181270&bmUID=1173796422603
     
  17. tngbmt

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    Open up a quart Ziplock freezer bag. Fill it 3/4 to the top. Fill the bag with water and zip it shut while squeezing out the air. Place in freezer. It's best to use very cold water when bagging
    good technique. i use ice & water before the shrimp freeze, it will melt the ice ..
     
  18. Snagged

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    MrBill,
    The shrimp might taste even better if you froze them in salt water (non-iodized)