Snapper Limit!

Friday morning, I meet my buddy Chris Klingler at the dock about 6:30am. The dock was busy, I was the third person to show up, so we had a bit of a wait. We ended up getting loaded up and heading out around 7:00am. We were heading offshore, but I was torn if I should go north seeking Sheepshead or south to the Boils where I knew I could put Chris on fish.

As we were heading out the inlet, I saw the bait boat, so we pulled up to JW Live Bait boat and got $20 worth of greenies. As we were heading out the inlet, I decided to head south to put Chris on some fish.

We got to the boils about 8:00am, and there was life everywhere. We saw bait fish and Spinner Sharks jumping all over the place. It didn’t take long for the action to begin. Chris drew first blood with a small Jack Crevalle. Next drop Chris had a double hook up with a Jack on both hooks of the Runcl jig. The first fish I caught was a 14inch Spanish Mackerel. I was happy to catch a fish to put into the cooler.

While I was getting ready to drop my line Captain Ed called me and told me he was up north and was doing well jigging. He said there were lots of Spanish Mackerel, Lane Snapper, and he even had a Sheepshead in the boat. At this point we decided to make the 10-mile run north to get into the action Captain Ed was having.

We arrived up near Vero Cover about 9:00am. We were fishing the ledge which went from 12ft to 21ft. We were drifting northwest, so we went over the ledge pretty quickly but every time we drifted over the ledge we were hooking up with fish. While we were jigging, I put out a greenie on a live line. I was hoping to catch something nice on the greenies, but we only caught decent size Bluefish.

The action was pretty much none stop. Even in the shallow water we were catching fish, but they tended to be on the smaller side. By 10:30am we had a 2-man limit of snapper. We had 17 Lane snapper ranging from 11in-16in and three Mangrove snapper ranging from 12in-14in.

Since we had our snapper limit and still had a lot of bait, I talked Chris to going into the inlet and looking for some Snook.

We ended back at the inlet around 10:45am. It was an incoming tide, so we drifted the rock along the north side of the inlet. About halfway through the drift Chris had a good thump, but unfortunately did not hook the fish. The drift was pretty quick, so we decided to move further into the river. We did a drift back into Tucker cover with no action; however, we did see lots of bait and I am pretty sure I saw one Snook swimming alongside us.

We finished the day at the wall near the waste treatment plant. It was the right current, but we didn’t even get a bite. Since Chris and I were getting hot and there really wasn’t any wind to cool us down, we headed in. We got up back at the dock right around noon. While I was cleaning our fish, fellow club members pulled up to the dock. They had a good day on the water also. Guy caught a 43in 38lb Cobia and Luis caught two trigger fish and two Lane Snapper. My buddy Captain Ed came home with a ton of fish. Look for a write up about his trip on Monday.

All in all, we had a great day on the water. We caught lots of fish, we got to see lots of dolphins, several sea turtles, and a Manta Ray. Tania and I pray all who made it out today and this weekend have a blessed and safe trip. May you all have tight lines and good times!

Chris Fishing a Bluefish

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  1. Anonymous

    Capt great trip it was beautiful day with non stop action . Good luck to you and Tania today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you my friend!


  2. chuck miller

    Nice trip and report!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Yes it was a good trip. Thank you Chuck!


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