Ed and Captain Jimmy of the Lois Ann (part of the Lady Pamela II fleet), called me and said they wanted to go fishing at Pulley Ridge so I said yes and joined them. My plan was to jig as much as I could and then use bait and jig in between. They were just going to use bait and try some jigging for the blackfins.
We arrived at the dock on Thursday and loaded up our gear in the boat, we then ate our customary Hogfish sandwich at the bar and grill with the same name. It was close to 5pm and we were on our way. At the boat it all started with a short orientation from the Florida Sport Fishing TV crew. Very simple, fish as you always do and if you can don’t get on the way of the camera man. They gave away t-shirts, nice prizes during a raffle, and by recommendation of Captain Greg Mercurio each one of us were given a nice gold hammered jig which proved to be a lethal jig for the fish.
We got to Pulley Ridge around 4:30 am and it started off well. Ed is below with a nice mutton caught on a chunk of king mackerel.
Below is Captain Jimmy with a blackfin tuna caught on a chunk of king mackerel.
Below it’s me and a nice mutton caught on a Jigging Depot SB 220 gram slow pitch jig. I got 2 mutton snappers and a small blackfin tuna on this jig and then it got cut off. The current was almost non existing so we were able to fish with light jigs and weights of about 6 to 8 ounces to get the bait down fast.
A keeper red grouper and this time with a 210 gram Shark jig from JiggingDepot.com . I caught several fish on this jig until it got cut off later in the day.
Wahoos where all over this trip, this 60 pounder was caught on a jig and won the pool.
Captain Jimmy decided he was going old school with a 6 ounce bucktail and nailed this nice mutton and a red grouper.
Trolling got the most of the wahoos, this one was caught on a Yo-Zuri bonita.
Below is Captain Jimmy with his bucktail and an almaco jack.
Ed got into the action and got a nice amberjack that was released.
Luck be the lady on the one below. He caught a mutton on bait and a nice size blackfin got tangled on the weight.
That bucktail was working and this time it caught a nice size queen trigger fish that was released.
After 2:30pm of the 17th things turn to a slow pickings until the next day in the early morning when the trolling had another victim and wahoo wahoos on the Yo-Zuri bonita it was.
That was followed by a couple of mutton snappers and some nice red groupers (no pics of the reds, sorry). Below is Ed with his part.
As the bite had slowed down to slim pickings, Captain Greg decided to make a run to some deeper waters where I was able to catch a decent size Mystic Grouper. This one was on a whole squid and was using a 16 ounce weight.
And in came the queen snappers, some beauty of fish and so very tasty. Here is Captain Jimmy with his.
The bite had slowed down and we made a move to even deeper water. While on the move and around 1pm in came another wahoo.
And as deeper we went more monsters showed up such as the grouper below.
Ed got in the game with more queen snappers. This time the queen snappers were much bigger. I think some were probably over 25 pounds.
And a nice size blackfin tuna caught on kingfish strips.
Here is Captain Jimmy with another nice queen snapper.
We had the co captain reminding us to be on point.
The bite had slowed down again and the smaller fish were hitting our jigs. This yellow eyed snapper hit a 500 gram jig.
It was on the last stop where this nice gag grouper hit a benthos jig. This was the last fish of the trip as Saturday afternoon had come to a close and we headed back to the dock.
Here you can see the size of this nice wahoo.
What a way to spend fathers day. This family showed everyone what it is like when you don’t stop fishing and put your time on the rails.
Here is a group picture of all the participants of this trip holding some nice catches.
All in all it was a great trip, started great, slowed down, there were slim pickings, and then it turned into mayhem catching fish after fish. There were a lot of people fishing with jigs and they were catching fish. Those on the slow pitch jigs did very good and ended with some decent catches such as mutton snappers, red groupers, blackfin snappers, etc… The best baits as always were squid and oily baits like the king mackerels. Bonita strips in combination with squid worked great too. At the beginning we were fishing with light jigs but in the end had to switch to heavier jigs as the current picked up and so did the wind with just enough speed to make the drifts a bit faster. If you jig or bait always bring a small assortment, just in case, you never know what mother nature will throw at you.
Well, my next trip is July 7th so I hope to catch more fish on the jigs and off course we will also be using bait.
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For information on what rigs to use please see http://yankeecapts.com/tackle-section/ and look for the “Pulley Ridge Lite Trips” section.
Thanks for stopping by and for reading!
Tight lines and until the next one!