6/1/18 by Captain Daniel Medina-with all SWFL Fishing CLub members
With some great looking weather forecasted, and the opening of red snapper and grouper season on the horizon, it was time to get a crew together for an overnighter.
Assembled the charter crew of all SWFL fishing club members. Lee, Tom, Eric, Mike, Rick and Nick met up at Pineland Marina where we loaded up all our gear for the overnighter. We pushed off the dock right around 7PM. We stopped just outside Captiva pass and loaded up on live pinfish and assorted other baits for our run out deep.
In the darkness we pushed out to the first 30 miles or so and set up over some decent marks on the bottom. We picked away at a few decent lane snapper and added a couple really Fat mangrove snapper to the box. With midnight approaching, we pushed out to the Red snapper grounds. We stopped in 167 ft of water and the machine lit up like a Christmas tree.
We dropped down a mix of different baits and we were rewarded with quailty red snapper coming up one after another. A few big hits and breakoffs, and had everyone switching to bigger gear. Almost instantly, Tom hooks up on drag screamer... Up comes a solid 30+ inch gag. A minute or two later Mike doubles over and he too puts a 30+" gag in the boat. We continued catching red snapper one after another and made the decision to not keep anything smaller than 20". Over the course of the night we caught,vented and released well over 100 snapper. A few nice red grouper we're also added to the box thru the night.
With a solid box of fish and a limit of red snapper already in the box, with the sun rising, we moved in a little shallower to pick up a few more grouper. We worked a few spots and managed a few more red grouper. Mike worked his jig over the bottom and picked up our largest gag of the day.
Looking around the boat, everyone looked pretty tired and rightly so. With the night bitehot as it was, no one left the rail all night.
Ponied up the Salty Beast and set the autopilot for the ride back home.
Was a great night with everyone and hoping we can do it again soon.
I left my phone in the truck so I am still receiving pics from everyone from the trip, but enjoy the pics!
A few fish from yesterday. Out with a group from Ohio never saltwater fished before. A lot of undersized fish. Picked through and managed 2RGs just at the 20 inch mark and one 24.
Both Tom Pepe Tom and Rick Warner, members of our club, joined me for a long day of fishing. We left around 9pm on tuesday, hoping to get out to the 180 ft depths and find some big girls ready to eat. We made a few stops on the way out to catch bait. A mix of Pinfish and Spot tails were added to the livewell for the long ride out. To my surprise, there wasnt a whole lot of bottom activity to be seen on the ride out. The few shows we did see ended up being big balls of squirrel fish.. that was even in deep 150+ ft of water... Once to the end destination, we circled around but didnt have much of a show. We dropped down the anchor and put out a chum bag... Tide was running back up the anchor line oppossed to the wind.
We spent about an hour or two here with no luck. Tried pulling anchor and it was stuck hard... ended up loosing the anchor...
We made our way back in stopping at spots along the way. More shows of squirrel fish....
We ran back in and our luck swung in the 120 ft line. We set up on a wreck in search of some ajs for the box. We were not dissappointed. 3 baits down had 3 immediate hookups. All 3 fish landed...
Theis story continued thru much of the morning into the early afternoon. AJs and barracuda made up the majority of our hook ups. Tom got to use his new butterfly jigs with some pretty good success. He had a nice 20-25 lb jack crevalle at the surface that popped his leader when he tried to lift it by the leader...
A couple red grouper were added out in 115 ft of water, and another in the 70ish ft range.
Had a blast fishing with you guys and looking forward to doing it again!