Iron Man 10 Hour fishing on the Reward Won 4-12-14

The was another 10 hour fishing trip on the Reward Won and this time we would go straight to the action with the amberjacks and anything else that lurked around the artificial wrecks around Fowey Rocks Light. The trip started by going to get live bait which again is included in the $100 of the trip’s cost. As we got to bug light and waited on Jimmy’s boat (the bait man) some started out tossing sabikis and started catching bait, some of us started tossing crappy jigs and got a couple of blue runners, the captain bought the rest to complete a live well full of big pilchards and thread fin herrings plus a couple dozen of goggle eyes (Gogs courtesy of Jimmy the bait man).

Live well 1

fishing for bait

Jimmy and his Bait Boat

Here is the live well after Jimmy the bait man passed by.

Live well 2

 

As we headed out 4 rods were set up for trolling, not so far out the day started with a football size blackfin tuna reeled in by my son  was welcomed aboard to the fish cooler.

Blackfin Tuna

A Sailfish Tournament was going on so there were many boats flying kites. Below is one near Fowey Rocks.

Fowey Rocks Light House

The drive to get to the fishing grounds went on and a small Mahi Mahi was caught on the troll. The Captain said to give the fight to one of the lady anglers that came on this trip.

Mahi Mahi 1

As soon as we got to the wreck we started jigging and there were double hook up and quad hook ups. I landed my first fish of the trip a decent size Amberjack and as was landing it some were fighting their fish side by side.

Amberjack-Herbert

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Others were landing their fish, here is a couple that came on the fishing trip.

Amberjack-3

Another happy fisherman got his priced caught fish which he released.

Amberjack- 4

Amberjack released

Here is my fishing friend Ron playing around with his exaggerated fishing pose and afterwards happily posing with his catch which he released.

Ron fighting fish

Amberjack- 5

And another angler continued the battle and then landed his biggest fish to date which was also released.

Verical Jigging fight

Amberjack- 6

Amberjack- 7

We passed over the wreck and as we started to fish a new wave of anglers were catching more Amberjacks. This time William did it again by catching a 65 pound amberjack that unfortunately was not going to make it and was kept along with three others. This was one of the longest drifts and as many continued catching fish Captain Wayne Conn let out the kite and placed two goggle eyes out in the water so I was fortunate to fight a sailfish and got it to the boat and the leader was touched making it a catch, unfortunately I do not have pictures because I pressed the wrong buttons on the Gopro and the fish had gone under the boat cutting the line off.

Willie Amberjack- 8

Below is my son with one of the last amberjacks caught, after this one the fish turned off and the captain moved the boat to another location.

Seth Amberjack -8

As we arrived at the other location a deeper one this time I used one of the boat rods set up with a chicken Rig and caught two Vermillion snappers with it. Not many were bottom fishing so I decided to get a rest and do so. Captain Wayne had the kite out with two live baits and William took the rod as a nice Mahi Mahi hit one of the baits.

Willie Dolphin

The day went by and weak cold front started approaching so the seas got a little rougher. A fishing friend of mines Nilson came out of hibernation and caught a peanut Mahi Mahi,  it was not of legal size so it was released. A few more Mahi Mahi came in the boat and a few made the size limit while a few more were released. On the troll another peanut tuna was caught and a couple of skip jack tunas came on board as well. As the day came to a close I took a chance at tossing a live thread fin Herring bait to a good size Mahi Mahi of about 20 lb or so and it took it I thought it had the circle hook well set but as it made it’s first jump it tossed it out. I ran to the back of the boat and took a goggle eye and tossed again and again it did the same. I ran back again got another bait and the same happened again, then another person also had it and he also lost it. This fish was a smart one and it might  is still out there eating.

Nilson's Mahi Mahi

 On the way back I was able to take some pictures of the Key Biscayne Light House. It is always nice to see.

Key Biscayne Light House

We also Passed close by the Bill Bags State Park Fishing Piers. Below is the first one in the corner of the park.

Key Biscayne fishing piers

Below are the rest of the piers lined up one after another.

Key Biscayne Fishing Piers 2

And again another picture of the Rickenbacker Causeway Fishing pier.

Key Biscayne Fishing Pier 3

A closer look at it.

Key Biscayne Fishing Pier 4

Here is the end summary of my fishing report:

 THE FISHING TRIP: Iron Man 10 Hour Fishing Trip which in the end ended being a 12 hour total trip again so thanks to the captain for that.
Aboard the “Reward Won” with Captain Wayne Conn of the Reward Fishing Fleet
The Spot : Around Fowey Rocks Light House, FL
Weather Forecast: Sunny 20% chance of rain, Saturday Easterlyt winds 9 to 14 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. The real weather was: Earlier seas 2 to 3 feet in the morning and 3 to 5 later in the day with occasional 6 foot rolling waves, clear skies and no rain all day.
Water: Choppy and slow current in the morning strong currents in the afternoon around Fowey Rocks Light House.
Fish catches: Small Dolphins and one gaffer, Big Amberjacks, 1 mutton snappers, 2vermillion snappers, 1 Snowie Grouper, small kingfish, football size blackfin tunas, skip jack tunas, and several bonitos.
Biggest size Type : Amberjack estimated at around 65 pounds
Techniques : Vertical Jigging, dead bait, live bait
Jigs : 80 to 300 grams all colors were working.

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2 thoughts on “Iron Man 10 Hour fishing on the Reward Won 4-12-14

  1. I really enjoyed reading about your start in fishing, your experiences teaching your children, your getting back into fishing, and your love for the sport. My father never had the time to take me fishing and so did not really start fishing until recently with a good friend of mine. We are both retired but he gets up in Minnesota and spent his life fishing so he knows a lot about fresh water fishing and has taught me a lot.
    I would like to know more about salt water fishing and am reading your articles on pair and shoreline fishing.
    I will be in Cozumel in May and will be trying to do some pier , shoreline, and lagoon fishing there . As this is my first time do you have any suggestions on bait , lures , line, and fishing at night. I would like to try and catch pompano, grouper, or barracuda. Also where would I be able to buy surgical tubing as I live in Chicago?

    Your help would truly be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    John

    • I am glad you enjoyed reading my blog, really appreciate the feedback. It is never too late to learn how to fish and once you do you will not stop learning. I know as I always learn something new or learn from the experience, it does not stop. You said Cozumel, Mexico? I know there are permit fish in there and from the shores lots of snappers, triggerfish, jacks, and barracudas. Day or night squid is a fail-safe to catch just about any species of fish. Shrimp is a better choice. Fresh sardines live or dead are a great choice as well. A traveler 7 foot or so fishing rod will do and use 10 to 12 lb test fishing line. Line from reel, a weight and small fishing bead on it, a swivel, leader line, and lastly a hook 1/0 to 3/0 will do. If bigger fish the 3/0 to 4/0 hooks. If going for groupers then 20 to 30 lb test line and live baits or 1 to 2 ounce buck tails tipped with strips of squid or sardines just cast and reel the line, let it sink to the bottom, reel the line and let it sink to the bottom until it is close to you. You can also get all kinds of jack fish that way (day or night). For the permit fish live or fresh dead crabs and go in the flats of the island and near it 17 lb test line would be the minimum for them from a beach with no rock structure. You can get surgical tubing online from a place like Captain Harry’s or just do a search for tube lure and you can purchase it from a well-known store to avoid scams. Hope this helped.

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