Fishing With my Best Friend

Tania and I weren’t sure we would go fishing on Saturday as the marine forecast was calling for 15-20kt winds. I checked Windy (an app) and it only showed it getting up to 11kts by 10:00AM, so I talked with Tania, and we decided to go. I only got three dozen shrimp as I figured we would want to be off the water fairly early as Tania really dislikes fishing with high winds.

We got to the dock around 6:15AM and were greeted by the dockhands. They brought our boat around straight away, so we loaded up and headed out. It was such a beautiful morning, and I can’t think of a better way to start my day than spending time with my best friend!

We started over at the Fort Pierce Yacht yard throwing the Moonwalker top water. I was hopeful of catching the big one that got away on Friday. I had a couple of bits on the topwater, but nothing took it. As the sun fully came up and it got bright, we started to bottom fish. We only stayed here about 10 more minutes bottom fishing since we didn’t get a single bite.

With it was an outgoing tide, we decided to hit the Smithsonian Dock in hopes of finding some snapper and sheepshead. We fished the dock about 45 minutes in which time Tania caught 15 short Mutton Snapper (about 8-10 inches) and one puffer fish. While I caught one 12-inch Mutton Snapper as well as a 13-inch Sheepshead. I was really happy to have caught a sheepshead!

Tania asked to move to another spot, which is known for holding sheepshead when the water cools down. We fished this spot until we ran out of bait. At this spot we only caught another 20 short Mutton Snapper and a baby Jack Crevalle. Before we ran out of bait, I stopped bottom fishing and started to throw a silver spoon as we saw lots of fish hitting the top of the water. I was thinking it might be some Spanish Mackerel, but nothing hit so I doubt it was them.

On the way back to the dock I had Tania keep the silver spoon out. It’s a slow zone in the Fort Pierce area after November 14th due to it being Manatee season. About halfway back to the marina something hit the spoon, unfortunately it broke the 30lb leader, so we don’t know what it was. Tania said it hit really hard and the rod was doubled over. 

We got back to the dock about 9:30am. I took my time unloading and talked with fellow boat club members about my trip. I really enjoy talking fishing with others. I pray everyone who made it out this weekend had blessed trips and all who go out this upcoming week have tight lines.


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