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Snapper , snapper and More snapper

Capt. Joe Porcelli
October 15, 2010
Daytona Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Offshore has been rough most of last month and we only got out a few days. I had Danny and Gemma Whitely out for some great bottom fishing. The first fish was a huge lane snapper, then they caught vermilion snapper, triggerfish, tom tats, sea bass moray eels, red snapper and some sharks. As I was pulling the anchor to come in for the day a 15' hammerhead swam by the boat, he was the biggest I have ever seen. Red snapper were the most impressive fish of the reef dwellers they caught.

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I can not believe the SAFMC would even consider closing red snapper considering we catch them every bottom trip. Even when I go to spots that have not had red snapper in the past, we still catch a few. Most of the big ones get away because they pull really hard and if you are not ready for the fish they will rock you every time. They are not big because they are stupid. The smaller ones (21-25 ") are caught much easier. I get rocked every time I reef fish and know it is big red snapper cleaning my clock. Because we usually catch 5 or 10 more just a little smaller in the same spot. I like using a Penn Power Stick 30# rod and a ABU Garcia Soron STX 60 or 70 spooled with 30 # Spider Wire and a 5/0 or 6/0 hook fluorocarbon leader. This outfit will do the job for your cobia casting, pitching and trolling Berkley Power Mullet. I always have this rig ready to go one with a 4 or 5/0 hook and the other with a 5" Power Mullet. The dolphin are still around in the 120' to 300' zone. But the sailfish have taken up the slack in the same depths along our coast. When you see a sailfish fining you can pitch a pinfish or grunt at the sailfish with the same outfit I mentioned above. Wahoo have been just out side of the 27 curve out to 350 and you want to run your baits deeper when targeting them. Run a bait on a trolling lead or way back for best results.

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