Report Date: January 4, 2004
Sailfish, Sailfish, Sailfish! During the last couple of weeks we have experienced some spectacular days of Sailfishing.
Saturday we started our day by catching bait near the inlet buoy. I then ran a few miles north to where the Sails had been biting for a couple of days and after about an hour decided I had picked the wrong spot. I moved offshore to another area where I had caught a few Sails a day or two earlier. This stop we found a little action from the Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) but no Sails. After about an hour a friend called and said he had seen a few Sails near the bait we had been catching near the inlet. Enough said?we picked up and returned to where we had begun our day of fishing. We no sooner had four lines in the water a Sailfish was up on one of the baits. A few seconds of him chasing the bait and we were hooked up on a good size Sail. Since we were only fishing a half ?day with these folks after catching the first fish we only had about half an hour left to fish. We set out our baits again and within a couple of minutes we were attacked by another pod of fish. We managed to catch one out of the four we saw. Now we were down to ten minutes and before we had two baits in the water we were hooked up again. Not bad! Three Sails during the morning half-day plus some Dolphin. We hurried to the dock dropped our morning charter and hurried back to the spot where they had been biting. We had a few live baits in the live-well from the morning charter so we started fishing and as we were putting out the second bait we hooked up on our first Sail during the afternoon trip. We finished the day by catching several more Sails. I can never remember a time when you could catch double digit numbers of Sails during a day of fishing within a mile of the inlet. Sunday we repeated the process. We caught a few baits and started fishing?again within a mile of the inlet buoy. The morning started like Saturday ended with a fish being hooked up in just a few minutes of putting out the lines. This process was repeated a few times and about 10:00 AM the bite shut down. We continued seeing a fish but they became very picky and would look at the baits then disappear. It could easily have been because of the number of boats that were fishing in the area?basically it was wall to wall boats for several hours Sunday morning. We had another good day but it did not compare to the previous day.
We are anxious to get out in the morning and give it another try.
Good luck and remember you can?t catch?em at the dock.
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