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Beaten by the reef - Cudjoe 1/29
« on: April 06, 2009, 03:25:49 AM »
Hammerhead and I decided resist going offshore and concentrate on the reef yesterday.  We suck at reef fishing and decided we should put in some time cause thats how you get good \"better\" at it, right?  At least that was our theory.  So we loaded up the boat with reef stuff, resisting things like ballyhoo, etc. that would tempt us to stray from our course of action.   It turned out to be pure torture!  We suffered through two boxes of chum, about 3 hours and a tide change, catching 1 Cero, 1 10\" grouper and a 5 foot moray. We didnt see one YT, ballyhoo, or even a Chub!  It was like our personal hell, plenty of fish on the depth finder but not one in the slick.  Enough was enough so it was time to improvise a Plan B!  Having only artificials, some pinfish and light tackle we headed off shore.  The radio chatter had scattered school size dolphin and tuna out around 450 so we headed out there.  We picked up a 28\" Dolphin on a pink chugger, went back through again and caught a mirror image of the first on a Billy Bait.  Each fish came to the boat alone so we never got a chance to feed them the Pins.On our third pass a big pod of Porpoise showed up.  A bunch broke off to pay us a visit.  They seem to really enjoy playing between the hulls of a Cat and for the next 15 minutes or so we could not get rid of them.  They put on an entertaining show taking turns diving under the hull and coming up in the tunnel, but it did nothing for our chances of catching any more Dolphin in the area.  After a while they got bored, took off, and we got back to fishing.  Those 2 fish turned out to be it for us but no complaints; it was a beautiful day on the water. Lessons re-learned:  we still suck at reef fishing, always keep your trolling lures on the boat!Tom
Modified by UrbanRenewal at 7:36 AM 1/30/2009

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Re: Beaten by the reef - Cudjoe 1/29 \"UrbanRenewal\"
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009, 07:01:56 AM »
At least you had a day Tom & BTW, the fish were good.  Bummer about the reef.
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Re: Beaten by the reef - Cudjoe 1/29 \"sparse grey\"
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 11:42:12 AM »
Sorry to hear about your reef experience.  Yellowtailing can be difficult for some to master.  Some would say that you probably weren\'t holding your mouth right.  Actually, you need to get in touch with your inner fish.  It\'s a Zen thing.  If you try it again, here is a tip that will help guide you to your inner fish.

After the chum slick has been established for 30 to 45 minute, shake the chum bag three times to release a good cloud of chum.  Drop your bait in the cloud and quickly strip off forty feet of line and set the rod in the rod holder.  Grab a cold beer and have a good chug then set the beer on the gunnel by the the rod holder.  Watch the rod holder carefully.  It is the most patient angler on any boat.  You will notice on a bite that the rod holder does not try a Bass Master hook set.  It lets the fish enjoy its last meal.  When you see the line start to haul butt, that is a bite.  Have another sip of beer, then close the bail and reel in your dinner.

This trick only works for the first couple of brews.  If you lose touch with your inner fish after that you can use a sandwich in substitute for the beer or take a leak.  If you want more information Google \"The Zen of Fishing\".

Hope that helps.
Modified by captdallas2 at 11:50 AM 1/30/2009


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Re: Beaten by the reef - Cudjoe 1/29 \"captdallas2\"
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 01:12:59 PM »
CaptDallas, Thanks for the advice, We did almost everything you mentioned except for the beer!  Now I know what we\'re doing wrong.      


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