Reef fishing at the snapper hole
Capt. Mark Rosen
February 13, 2016
Port St. Lucie - Saltwater Fishing Report
I had a father and his 10 year old son visiting from Boston on the boat. The weather gave us a break, we had a one day window of flat seas in between days of 4 to 6 foot seas. We departed the ramp at 8:30 nice sunny but chilly morning for Florida standards it was 44 degrees out the water temp at the inlet was 58 degrees. We headed NE to the snapper hole seas were flat. As we got further off shore the water warmed up. By the time we got to the snapper hole the sea surface temperature was 72 degrees. The wind was around 5 MPH out of the NE the current was running about 2 knots. I was able to use my Minkota I-Pilot trolling motor to electronically anchor me over the reef. The bottom machine showed there were a few fish on my first set of numbers. We were using a combination of baits, cut squid, small frozen sardines, Small frozen mullet, frozen shrimp, and live shrimp. The son dropped the line in and within a few minutes had a fish on, a nice Gag Grouper. As they were fishing I put out a long line with 25 feet of fluorocarbon leader with a circle hook baited with a whole mullet. The rod went down hard and at the end we boated a 20" mutton snapper. Throughout the day the fishing was steady they caught yellow tail snapper, lane snapper, trigger fish, flounder, sea bass, grunts, blue runners, sharks, sand perch, and lizard fish.
Snapper, Grouper, Triger fish, Sea bass
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