Posted 24 March 2006 - 05:46 PM
Mogan Tyme, Basshole Guy, Enrique, and I finally took the "Mogan Tyme" 22 SeaPro Open down to the keys for her maiden keys voyage. We had trouble finding a good ramp in Islamorada but finally found an decent ramp after running around Islamorada for over an hour of a frustrating morning. We hit the water by about 8:45am. Our initial plan for trolling for some Mahis had to be put on delay, though we tried for a little anyways, I think the morning guys had already hit up all the schools. After we trolled a bit, we decided to do some patch reef fishing. First spot we hit, we nailed an unlimited amount of smaller strawberrys but when I put down a live spanish sardine a nice red groupa came a callin in from the deep. Enrique then landed a nice Nassau that we had to set free. Then a legal black came callin in from the deep via Basshole Guy and a rather large chunk of speedo. After that, we caught several nice ceros, lots of feisty sub-legal grouper and I got a just-legal Black for the box. We decided to move on when the action slowed in search for the ellusive yeller terl. We hit up a rather shallow spot but with excellent bottom next. Put some baits on the bottom first but only grunts and Porgys came calling. Still, its a good sign to see life. After we got our chum slick going I decided to do the initial yellowtail trollrite freeline. I freelined a peice of squid on a 1/8 oz hank brown and then i feel line ripping off my spool...closed bail, rod loaded up, set the hook, and a nice yellowtail with dinner bells came in the boat. I love classic yellowtailing. After I landed mine, we put out a heavier chum slick and there were literally hundreds of Yellowtail with a few Mangos mixed in behind the boat. Everybody rigged up with jig heads and we were slayin the yellowtail. I decided to try putting on a peice of hoo and scored one of the few mangroves we saw in that big ball of snapper. Then later the hoos came in, then the rainbow runners found our slick, the lesser AJs came in afterwards, and then the Macks found us as well. We had a massive ball of feeding right behind the boat, what an amazing sight, both predators and prey feeding on chum and feeding on each other right behind the boat...total pandimonium. We were also able to score a few Gags when I decided to put a heavier jighead and send a large chunk of hoo to the bottom. I got a few nice Mangos mixed in with the Gags while doing the same thing. Basshole guy was owning the AJs and Macks on a gotcha after we all got bored of catching tails and trying to weed through the rainbow runners. We called it a day by 5:15pm. Headed back, hitched up, and left the beautiful keys to return to our homes in Miami. All and all, GREAT day for patch reef fishing keys style.