Friday – found some live bait, started in 140′ straight out of inlet, then moved into 100′ found weedline and worked it north. Sailfish release around noon and went 3/6 on dolphin. Great trip, radio reports were mainly dolphin scattered around.
Fished Tuesday out of St. Lucie inlet, straight East from 100′ to 350′ trolled ballyhoo, no bites from 8:30 to 12:30. Found weeds but nobody home.
Wednesday spent a few hours in the afternoon fishing out of Palm Beach, trolling ballyhoo managed 1 small mahi and an undersized cobia on goggle eye. Had a few sharks and king cut offs down deeper as well. trolled from 90′ to 220′ heading south.
Looking for things to pick up soon.
Mahi and Mutton snapper! Monday morning cleared inlet at 8 a.m. headed due east to 100′ looking for weeds. at 185′ to 220′ found plenty of weeds bunched and scattered. at 10 a.m. had triple mahi hooked up and landed. trolled another hour headed north along weeds. hit another mahi better size. Was only using 3 rods / naked ballyhoo chin weighed w/circle hooks. headed into a known bottom area and hit some yellowtail snapper (too small) and a keeper mutton. had some other porgies released along the way. Was a great day with nice weather. Heading out again tomorrow.
Started trolling around 7:30 am in 170′ straight East of inlet. Caught 1 Mahi pretty quick near scattered weeds. Then trolled N for about an hour and turned back trolling towards inlet. Came across more weeds in 105′ and caught 3 more mahi, only landed 2 of those on a double hookup. It was rough seas with winds from NW to N at 10-15 knots. I fished solo again today trolling just 2 rods using naked ballyhoo with chin weights on circle hooks. Had plenty of knockdowns and cutoffs. Went thru dozen ballyhoo in 4 hours.
Tournament boats – click image to see close up of boats
Day 2 looking over the leader board, 54 releases today.
check out the tournament website with time of catches and totals at http://www.piratescovesailfishclassic.com/