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Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

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Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

PostMon May 18, 2015 11:34 am

Left the ramp about 4am. It was a little snotty heading out but after we made our way for 15 mile from the jetties, things seemed to lay down. None of the bottom drops that make your insides rattle. We were cruising close to 26knots and made our way past the ledge and out to 220ft. Not much life. Very few flying fish, which was a little discouraging. We set the riggers out and got all the lines in. Time 6:35am. We trolled for close to an hour without a hit. We then saw the ocean come to life. We found a nice little rip and the small tuna, or Bonita were busting all around us, catching flying fish out of the air. Kind of neat.

Then the action began. Had the long rigger hit that was pulling a hot pink bubbler. About a 12lb'er. We lost the second fish at the boat. Pulled hook. Then a nice 25lb bull. We were somewhat busy for a couple of hours. Then we had three rod begin to scream. There was only two of us on board. I got mine in and then picked up the second rod and got that one in. The third was a large 30-40lb bull. We finally got him somewhat subdued and then there was a shadow lurking. We tried everything to get that fish in the boat but the shadow was able to hit the line with it's fin and pop it. The shadow was a big shark. Well, the dolphin that wanted nothing to do with us was now trying to get to the boat and hide under it. I tried to free gaff it, when the gaff hit the dolphin, he darted toward me and under the boat. Just missed. Well, that was it. I grabbed the GoPro and caught the carnage. After the excitement, we put the lines back in and started trolling back toward the hill. That damn shark cost me $20. Lure, swivel, hook and leader. Put another 15-20lb cow in the box and called it a day.

The weeds were scattered everywhere making it a little frustrating having to manage the baits. I'm guessing that Sunday was a nicer weed day. They were beginning to come together and make uniform lines. Anyway, 7 nice Dolphin, one pulled hook and one stolen fish. We had 2 bulls around 25-30lbs, 3 cows in the 15+lb range and 2 in the 10-12lb range. I'll take it...

The Dolphin Thief Video... https://youtu.be/luEbQPRv-AU

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Re: Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

PostMon May 18, 2015 1:20 pm

Nice! My 180 can't make it that far. Only have been out to catch Cobia. If you ever need a mate I'm open and will pitch in on expenses/duties.
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Re: Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

PostMon May 18, 2015 1:45 pm

I'm always looking. I'll keep you in mind...
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Re: Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

PostMon May 18, 2015 2:24 pm

That is a very nice day even with the thief shark. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Offshore - Charleston 5-16-15

PostMon May 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Thanks Wampus Cat
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Offshore Charleston 5 16 15

PostTue Dec 20, 2016 5:56 am

LOL ive never been fishing offshore and Im afraid to go...
I might like it and have to go try to buy a boat etc..and Then I would be broke real broke ..lol

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