Fishing Report, Sunday Nov. 19, 2017. By greg Longhurst. (also catching up on the reports by him i haven’t posted)

by George | 20 November, 2017 1:42pm

Here are some reports starting with the most recent. November 19, 2017.

     Fishing Report November 19, 2017
 
     The forecasts all week had it blowing hard with 6 foot or better seas on Friday, so we switched to Sunday.  I managed to get three other guys to join me, and George got one.  The perps for this trip included Jimmy Lee, Mike, and Simon.  Mike was on last week’s trip for the first time, & if he can re-work his work schedule, may well be joining us regularly.  The fifth fellow was Chris, originally from Poland, now living in Boston.   
 
     Rohman, our regular mate is on vacation, so we fished with Captain George & James.  We tried several spots in 100-120 feet of water with limited success before running up off Juno, where we eventually found the fish.  We caught several short mutton snappers, but no short groupers.  Mike was the man of the hour when it comes to big fish, landing the only keeper mutton snapper (minutes after I had to release one that was 1/2″ short) , as well as a very nice 23″ red grouper. 
 
     As it turned out, even though the bite did not turn on until later in the trip, we all caught fish.
The 5 of us accounted for over 2 dozen yellowtail snappers, a lane snapper, & 3 or 4 porgies.  There were also, as previously mentioned, a bunch of short muttons.  So, once the bite started up, pandemonium was the order of the day, with 3 or 4 of us hooked up simultaneously.
 
     The weather was beautiful, beginning in the low 70’s, with two foot seas.  Thanks to George & James for putting us on fish & keeping the baits ready.  Jobs well done, gents!
 
     The next exciting deep-sea adventure will be the day after Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a good one.  ~~Greg~~    

Fishing Report November10, 2017     
 
     This was another beautiful Friday morning in Palm beach County, although the next several days may not be conducive to fishing offshore.  I was joined on this trip by Bob & Harvey, Jimmy Lee, my brother Tom, and Mike, a fellow we have not fished with before, but a guy who obviously knows what he’s doing.
 
     Captain George trolled a bit, hunting wahoo, before we set up in a little less than a hundred feet of water.  The troll did not produce anything, but a friend of mine did get a 35 pound ‘hoo yesterday, so it was worth the effort.  The bottom bite was really good.  We probably released more fish than we kept, and missed quite a few as well.  Some of those were probably kingfish, judging from the severed leaders, and at least one was a shark. 
 
     We caught quite  few blue runners.  I kept a half dozen to use the bellies for bait, and smoke the rest for next week’s fish dip.  The yellowtail bite was decent.  We ended up with fourteen of them on ice  There were also 2 keeper mutton snappers caught, along with 8 or 10 shorts.  We also caught a half dozen or more short red groupers, and 5 or 6 short cobias.  This was the first trip I have been on since Irma that did not produce any keeper groupers. One of the guys caught a nice sized puddingwife, and I caught a cero mackerel.  There was a school of fish we thought might be rainbow runners in the chum slick, so I put a bait down 8 feet or so deep, and brought up a bar jack, one of the edible varieties of jack.  Harvey got a keeper vermillion snapper.  Everybody went home with fish for dinner, and all of us enjoyed the trip. 
 
     Thanks a bunch to George & Rohman for putting us on fish & keeping the baits ready.  Well done, guys!  The next exciting deep-sea adventure will be next Friday.  ~~Greg~~  

November 3, 2017  
Fishing Report November10, 2017     
 
     This was another beautiful Friday morning in Palm beach County, although the next several days may not be conducive to fishing offshore.  I was joined on this trip by Bob & Harvey, Jimmy Lee, my brother Tom, and Mike, a fellow we have not fished with before, but a guy who obviously knows what he’s doing.
 
     Captain George trolled a bit, hunting wahoo, before we set up in a little less than a hundred feet of water.  The troll did not produce anything, but a friend of mine did get a 35 pound ‘hoo yesterday, so it was worth the effort.  The bottom bite was really good.  We probably released more fish than we kept, and missed quite a few as well.  Some of those were probably kingfish, judging from the severed leaders, and at least one was a shark. 
 
     We caught quite  few blue runners.  I kept a half dozen to use the bellies for bait, and smoke the rest for next week’s fish dip.  The yellowtail bite was decent.  We ended up with fourteen of them on ice  There were also 2 keeper mutton snappers caught, along with 8 or 10 shorts.  We also caught a half dozen or more short red groupers, and 5 or 6 short cobias.  This was the first trip I have been on since Irma that did not produce any keeper groupers. One of the guys caught a nice sized puddingwife, and I caught a cero mackerel.  There was a school of fish we thought might be rainbow runners in the chum slick, so I put a bait down 8 feet or so deep, and brought up a bar jack, one of the edible varieties of jack.  Harvey got a keeper vermillion snapper.  Everybody went home with fish for dinner, and all of us enjoyed the trip. 
 
     Thanks a bunch to George & Rohman for putting us on fish & keeping the baits ready.  Well done, guys!  The next exciting deep-sea adventure will be next Friday.  ~~Greg~~                                           

  Fishing Report October 10, 2017
 
     The last two trips have been noteworthy to say the least.  This one topped them both.  It was decided to forgo the Friday trip due to weather & marine conditions that, as it turned out, did not materialize.  I tried for Monday, but the boat had a private charter…one guy who paid for the whole boat & fished with the crew.  They hammered the yellowtail snappers pretty good, but not much else came over the transom.  I was joined on this adventure by Captain Charlie, Dale, & Luis, as well as a couple who fish regularly, but have not fished with us before.  They are Marcus & his lovely wife Kara, she from Bali, he from Germany, living Stateside now.
 
     They both fished the bottom with spinning tackle, which I always thought was not as efficient as conventional gear, and both fished dropper rigs, despite the fairly rapid current.  They, but he especially, did very well indeed.  His catch included 2 keeper red groupers.  I guess I don’t know as much about fishing as I thought I did.
 
     The first fish caught was by Captain Charlie.  And Rohman.  And George.  Charlie’s whole sardine on the bottom got hit by what at first seemed like a freight train.  It took him a few minutes to get it the least bit slowed down.  It nearly had him spooled when we all brought our lines in & George gave chase.  After fifteen minutes or so, he passed the rod off to  Rohman after offering it to me.  I told him thanks, but that was more fish than I wanted to mess with.  After awhile, Rohman had enough & passed it to George, who applied a little extra pressure & finally got the beast turned & tired, before passing the rod back to a rested Captain Charlie.  During the battle, we speculated on what it might be.  At first, due to the initial searing run, we thought wahoo, though they are seldom caught on the bottom.  Goliath Grouper & Amberjack came to mind, but neither have that kind of speed. Excitement reached a crescendo when we saw that it was, in fact a wahoo.  Rohman did a masterful job with the gaff.  The fish was weighed at the dock, an even 71 pounds, by far the biggest wahoo we have seen.  The battle lasted about 45 minutes, and was probably more of a struggle than it might have been because the fish was hooked in the left side, about 2/3 down from the top, about 6″ aft of the gill plate.  It was 66″ long, with a girth of 27.5″
 
     The battle was over about ten past eight.  From then until just shy of ten thirty, we proceeded to catch about 35 more fish.  Most were yellowtail snappers, with a kingfish, a mangrove snapper, a triggerfish, a couple of porgies & three red groupers just to make the bag mixed.  There was very little time where there was not at least one bent rod on the boat.
 
     Back at the dock, we all hung around because Captain Charlie was kind enough to share the wahoo with us.  Thanks to Captains George, Rohman & Charlie for another extremely memorable experience aboard the Mad Son.  The next exciting deep-sea adventure will be the first Friday in November.   ~~Greg~~
                                       

Sailing from Marina 3 times daily, 7 AM, 12 PM, and 5 PM. We offer 4 hour charters, private charters for 8 and 4 hours, live bait available upon request

Mad Son Fishing

105 Lake Shore Drive
Lake Park, FL 33403

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