Author: The Reward Fleet
Wow did I really just leave the 12 pack in the car?
I was so late the boat had to specifically wait for me. My hands were full with a cooler and three peen set-ups," two with 15lb bullbuster mono and the other with 20lb bullbuster mono" i had no room for the cold ones. Thanks to the patients of Captain Ryan and Bernie we were off to the reefs of South Florida. The first spot didn't start the way we wanted catching more yellow tails than mangroves. Starting the flat line on the reel with 15lb mono and a two foot of 20lb bullbuster fluorocarbon leader the tails were getting manhandled. The mangrove bite still slow and the night getting later we left to a second spot in hopes for monster mangroves. With the bigger reel set up with 20lb mono and two foot 30lb fluorocarbon leader we started pulling in some nice snapper but the sharks were around us as well which meant we were losing quality snapper.
Only 10 minutes left in the trip the sharks suddenly disappeared and the bite went off like crazy.
In fact it was so good the Captain let us stay out 45 minutes longer which usually doesn't happen much. When it seemed like everyone around the boat had a nice mangrove to show up for we pulled anchor and started back in. Thanks to Bullbuster, Captain Ryan, and Bernie for another great night of fishing on the Reward.
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"We decided to leave our foul weather gear in the car so all we had was our tshirts and gym shorts to protect us, which did nothing..."
Next thing we know the mate Bernie pops around the corner with some extra rain gear and we are set... thank you Bernie, again he saves the day. The rain lets up slightly to allow us to get back to fishing the way we would like to, warm and dry. This trip turned out to be more of a sharking expedition due to the lack of a snapper bite, so we bought in and threw out the bonita chunks to see if we could have some fun, snagging a few sharks on the line but never getting them completely to the boat on our 15 lb test Bullbuster Mono which held up well until one good kick of the tail started spooling the reel and we had to grab the reel and let it snap. Long story short, fishing on the Reward is always fun, even if you forget your rain gear on a night like this one.
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Yellow Tail Snapper started pouring in the boat as everybody around us started catching fish as fast as they could get the hooks in the water.
Bullbuster Mono on the reel and a Circle hook ready with chopped bait was doing the trick. We all limited out, and gave some fish to the people who did not. The best part of the trip is watching the shore line as you coast in on a warm summer night with a cooler full of fish and bait smell on your hands. If you are looking for a great time, and relaxing boat ride, some fresh fish, and a 4 hour fishing trip all in one, you found it here.
"First cast using a chunk of Ballyhoo, YellowTail"
When we arrived to our first location the wind was blowing out of the south east and the current was running north. We decided to drop anchor and try our luck... First cast using a chunk of Ballyhoo, YellowTail.... not what we came for this time but never a bad sight. Marked it 3 in the head and threw it in the cooler, thank you Bernie. We tossed our baits back and my friend and I are doubled up on huge Mangrove snapper, SHARK! Here comes the tax man, right on time we both get taxed. Eager to get back in the water, I almost hook myself in the hand baiting a tail of ballyhoo. We send one cast far and one close to the boat, FISH ON! Now we are pulling these snapper up to the boat as fast as possible to avoid the sharks, which is a rush in the moment, and seeing the sharks chase the fish all the way in gets your hands moving pretty quick.
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