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The Bottom Bite is On

Capt. Joe Porcelli
August 17, 2010
Daytona Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Last week we went offshore twice and once we went to the 27 curve and whacked some Amber Jack. Why the capital A, catch one and you will have a lot more respect for them. Trash fish to some but if you can cook, then they are good. After the AJ's workout we came in and caught a few porgies on the natural reef at TM. On the way in we were going to troll Johnson Silver Minnow spoons at one more VC reef before we called it a day. I was placing the spoons out as my friend Mark took the helm. After a few minutes of trolling I saw something on the surface and yelled COBIA! I grabbed my Power stick & Abu Garcia STX60 and got a Power Mullet by the three cobia in just seconds. The 5" Berkley Power Mullet I was using was in the silver mullet color, they look just like mullet.

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These baits swims like fish, I always have one in a rod holder ready to go. I always keep one of these tied on (ALWAYS).

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We landed the 30# cobia on 20# Berkley Trilene Big Game line and headed for the dock. On our next offshore trip last Saturday we trolled on the 21 curve and had some good fish. We trolled most of the morning and had bites from dolphin, wahoo, barracuda, tuna, sailfish, and kingfish. Let's just say the fish won most of the trolling battles. Then we headed into TM and E11 for some bottom fishing. The bottom had been shut down for a few weeks due to the cold water, but it is kicking again. We caught triggerfish, red grouper, huge black sea bass and one octopus. We caught about sixty bottom fish total. The storms started to brew to the west and we had an opening to make a safe run home so we took it. I saw some baits getting busted about 15 miles out and tossed my 5" Power Mullet out and hooked a tuna right away. Kim was quick with the wheel and got the boat turned and going in the right direction before I got spooled. In he came and off we went and last night we had sushi.
Some gray snapper are still around with some flounder in the sandy spots by the culverts. Lately I have been avoiding my red snapper spots because they are so thick we cant get to the other bottom dwellers. Remember think like a fish to catch fish or just call me at 386 314 5656

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