2019 Pulley Ridge Trip coming up

On July 11th we will take our annual trip to Pulley Ridge, where we hunt for trophy fish while trying to best each fisherman on board. We run a mini tournament where we battle for biggest fish, and biggest fish per specified species.  Sometimes we offer prizes for bad luck or for whomever caught the most fish.  Most of us will be Slow Pitch Jigging as we have been doing for the past 5 years on these trips, some will fish bait at night and speed vertical jig or slow pitch jig for black fin tunas, snappers and groupers.
These trips started on http://www.boatlessfishing.com and spread through www.floridapsotman.com/forum and http://www.360tuna.com with fellow forum members as well as with those that want to adventure where not many can go and catch species they’ve never heard of. We always have sponsors that are on board, so far we have:
  • As in previous years we also have http://www.H4Ljigs.com that has sponsored with many slow pitch jigs
  • Like last year we have Suarez Liquors located at 799 West 29 st Hialeah FL 33012 donating a bottle
  • And a print shop Island Girl EVSM Prints has offered printed art work on canvas.
  • Rods By Ralph will be giving out a custom made Gaff
  • http://www.13fishing.com will be sponsoring special jigs great for groupers
  • This blogs is giving free slow pitch jigs as part of a free raffle
I will be updating this post as we go.

If anyone else would like to sponsor this trip please contact me by leaving a message on this blog. This is a good way to give exposure to your tackle shop, rod building business, Charter business or any other fishing related business.

Pulley Ridge 2015 to 2018

Tacklenow.com donaion is below:
Poseidon reel
I will be giving away the 200 gram slow pitch jigs below.
jigs 2
StrikerTackle.com  donation is below, every jig here can be used for snapper, grouper, blackfintunas and amber jacks.
Island Girl EVSM Prints has donated 4 small prints and one large print to be given out as prizes. These are valued at around $50 to $100 each. Good luck winning these!
Below is http://www.H4Ljigs.com donation of 35 jigs.
H4L Jigs
Below is Suarez Liquors donation.
Suarez Liquors
Rods by Ralph gaff to be raffled
Yankee Capts T-shirt logo

Pulley Ridge Lite Mini Tournament 7-7-16

July 7th is only a few days away. We will be fishing a Mini Tournament about 175 miles off Key West Florida. I am writing this post to thank our sponsors, without them we could not add the additional excitement on this trip. Making it competitive will make all anglers fish harder and they will be able to test new or known products. Thanks to those that sponsored our trip!



Osage, he sells on ebay by the name of okmeans


Captain Phil Caputo, a newly certified 6 pack boat captain

Captain Rare of Boatlessfishing.com

Also thanks to the forums that allowed my posts:




Pulley Ridge Trip 2016 Mini Tourney rules

New Recreational and Commercial Bag Limits for Barracuda in 2015

Well it was in the works for nearly 5 years now, the bag limit for Barracudas is a reality. This is a fish that is thought to be a great game fish by many and a pest by many others. It is not unusual for one to loose a fine fish to one of these sharp toothed predators. Barracudas often cut fishing line when wire is not used. Many people just catch them and throw them on the deck, some use it as bait, and some like to eat it and risk ciguatera. As more and more people begin to call South Florida their home we are seeing a decline in our fish population. FWC is working to create many closures and changes on regulations such as the new talked about Hogfish and Yellow Tail snapper regulations and closures. There is even talk about increasing sanctuary designations around Key Biscayne National Park all the way to the Dry Tortugas. Keep informed as regulations are changing on the whim and you might unknowingly end up breaking the law in Florida. Before fishing take a look at http://www.myfwc.com website for up to date regulations not shown on the distributed prints at local baits shops and other stores. From an FWC email:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its Sept. 3 meeting in Fort Lauderdale approved new recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda for waters off south Florida.

The changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only, and will include a:

  • Recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two fish per person and
  • Recreational and commercial daily vessel limit of six fish per vessel.

These new limits will be effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Herbert Hans Muller Cuda Keys Bridge 4

A Barracuda I caught a couple of years back.

2014 in review – Shorebound Adventures Blog statistics

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. There were 858 pictures uploaded. That’s about 2 pictures per day. I hope that all my efforts to bring you god content will help you in some way. Thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂

2014 - Shorebound Adventures Blog Stats

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If You Didn’t Know Report 7-26-2013

If You Didn’t Know Report  Federal Waters will open for a short 3 day season starting August 23 2013.

ARS- American Red Snapper

The Following was extracted from the FWC Website:


Update: NOAA Fisheries recently announced the 2013 season dates for Atlantic red snapper in federal waters. Red snapper will open for one three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) beginning August 23 and continuing through August 25. The bag limit will remain at one fish per person per day and there will be no minimum size limit.

Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic
Atlantic Red Snapper    Season

State waters   
Open year-round
Bag Limit: 2 fish per person per day
Min. Size limit:    20″

Gear rules apply.
Circle Hooks: use non-stainless steel circle hooks when natural baits are used.
Dehooking Devices: required to possess and use a dehooking device to remove hooks embedded in reef fish with minimal damage.
Venting Tools: require fishers on all vessels fishing for reef fish to possess and use a venting tool to deflate the swimbladders of reef fish to help release the fish with minimum damage.

Federal waters     

New 2013 season: Open Aug. 23-25
Bag limit: 1 fish per person/per day
Min. Size limit:     None

Note: During the federal recreational red snapper season opening, recreational anglers will be able to transit from open federal waters through state waters but vessels possessing red snapper under 20” must travel through state waters without stopping and must have fishing gear stowed. If stopped and fishing in a closed area, it will be prima facie evidence that any red snapper under 20” on board were harvested at the location where the vessel is stopped.

Newport Pier In Miami – Dade Opened June 15th, 2013

IMSunny Isle, FL Newport Pier

Showing the length of the pier

The Newport pier located in Sunny Isles Beach, FL (Miami-Dade County) has been finished. The opening ceremony of the new pier  was on June 15th. The previous Newport Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  The opening of the pier was celebrated on the 15th of June with fireworks dancing and much more, too bad I missed all of it. The fishing pier is said to be more than 700 feet long.  The entrance as of now is free until they finish the bait shop and hire somebody which means that the pier will be full most of the time. As with many free fishing piers I am expecting it to be packed with tourists, googans, and some fishermen. I just hope that drunks do not take much part of the fishing pier while it is free. It is very annoying to deal with intoxicated individuals. This pier has gone through so many changes already and I hope this one is for the best. It was burnt down in the early 80’s, then shut down by Hurricanes like Hurricane Andrew several times. But like a phoenix it always finds a way to rise from the ashes and each time a bit different that the last. One thing that hardly ever changes is the old Newport Hotel building behind it and it’s savior most of the time. I wish Haulover Pier had a savior, but no, the city did not want to invest on a new build after Hurricane Andre knocked it down. Sigh, memories of the past I guess. With the newly built pier we will have some more elbow room at other piers, some tackle shops will be enjoying the extra business and some fish will join someones dinner table. I just hope the people fishing this pier while it has no attendants will be honest people and will only take their allowed limits by law. It is a long shot of hope but at least let’s think positive.

This is the pier where I first heard the word Googan, well, Chief Nick or Mike (the pier attendants) stamped it bright red on unknown fishermen’s hands or wrists  so that others would know to stay at a distance and avoid a sinkers going the wrong way or a massive tangle from someone casting their lines sideways instead of straight ahead or with the currents direction. This was always a great mackerel and  snook pier. Off course other fish like barracudas, king mackerel, snapper, drums, permit, grunts, bluefish, bonitos, blue runners, sharks,  tarpon, etc… would be caught, but it was always known for the great mackerel runs and the snook coming out to the beaches to mate in the summer months and to catch the warmth of the lights in the winter months.  Back in the day before the beach re nourishment the pier sat at a good depth and there were reef lines where the snappers congregated, not much grouper other than the normal giant Jewfish from those days would come around. After the re nourishment those formations were complete covered with sand and so the snapper fishing became a slow one with the exception of the stormy days when the snappers would get very close to the pier after a storm passed through the area.

Long live the past days when a cork and a strip of belly bait was let into the currents to catch the all mighty running demon of the piers, when the salty dogs ruled the artificial lures on the beaches, mangrove lines, bridges, and piers. long live the days when a McDonald’s straw, a 1/4 ounce weight, and a long shank hook was a perfect lure to catch a pier demon runner, when a bass worm hook was heavily used to free line a sardine belly strip, when a piece of broom stick and a treble hook were good enough to catch a blue fish. Well enough of the past. Let’s talk about the present.

Sunny Isles, FL Newport Pier

Sunny Isles, FL Newport Pier is now open

This new pier seems to be built like the Titanic, but instead of metal it is a great looking solid concrete construction. I am no engineer but can tell you that I did not see room for water to flow through the middle of the pier in case of a big surge. In other words if we get a hurricane and big water surges upwards, it will be slamming against the belly of the pier like a hammer trying to punch a nail from under a plank. I did see a hump on the middle of the pier where water can be guided by the contour of the pier’s belly. I hope these engineers/architects  did it right. Another thing I noticed was the railings. They added wheelchair access through the whole pier’s fishing area. These will also be great for kids as you can lower a section of the railing. I do not know how long these will last since corrosion is already present on most of the hinges. And yes I did write fishing area, you can only fish from a painted yellow line in mid pier to the pier’s T shape end. I was told that when the police came in to patrol the area a day before me writing this report they told a fisherman who was bringing in a barracuda to cut the line off with the fish on and to move to the other side of the yellow line afterwards. I really never understood why police and wildlife officers tell that to people. I don’t think they should, just let the person bring the fish in and then give them a ticket when they have landed it. Please don’t tell them to cut the line off and leave a fish with 50 or 100 feet of mono- filament line hanging on it’s mouth. the bait and fish cleaning tables look of professional grade. They also have water hoses through out the pier. The old bait wells were not replaced so you will have to take a drop down bucket with you if you do not intend on having a bucket or live well with an air pump or a live well pump. Another thing that was unusual for a pier here in South Florida is that they decided to built fishing rod holders on the railings. these look great as a rod holder and look like aluminum bars covered with PVC pipes and then painted, at least I hope that’s how they were built. I would not trust PVC pipes alone to do the job. There are some nice size tarpons that will frequent that pier and they will make a big enough run to brake a PVC pipe, and especially one that is used over and over as a rod holder.

On to the fishing, the day I went there were no signs of bait and so you know when there is no bait there are not many predators close by.  Since this is a standing structure you do get the occasional predator that comes close by and investigates. I threw a few casts with ghost x raps, white buck tails, side winders, and crappie jigs to get a mack’s or blue runners attention since these were the fish that had been caught the prior day. I had a mack follow up the side winder and one sky rocket through the air as well. The ghost x rap lure got a follow up and a baby blue runner that I donated for bait. I was only there for a couple of hours since I just wanted to see the pier.

Here are some pictures of the Newport Pier for you to enjoy. just hoover over with your mouse pointer to see a description.

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Below are two pictures of what it looked like in 2006

Newport Pier August 2006 Newport Pier August 2006 (2)

Here is a site with a live cam, sometimes pointed towards the pier:  http://www.sunnyislesbeachcam.com/