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Sundown Yellow tail snapper fishing last thursday night

Capt. Hector Mesa
August 25, 2009
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

The plan was to hit the shallow wrecks North of Government Cut for a little late season snapper action; yellow tail snapper. We anchored up current of one of the wrecks in 55' of water and deployed the chum bag. In the process of getting things ready, we gave the chum some time to do its thing. Within 10 minutes the pilchards and ballyhoo were thick behind the boat. Knowing that nothing is better then fresh bait, I pulled out my 10' Super Spreader cast net and with two cast of the net we had enough bait to last the night and freeze for future trips. I had also purchased a 5lb bag of fresh glass minnow and a box of frozen silver sides as well. The current was running north at approximately 1.5 to 2 knots. We started flat lining for yellowtails and within minutes the first keeper was in the boat. The bite turned on, so we decided not to keep any less than 13". We ended the night with 20 Yellowtails and not to mention a bunch of releases. We were hoping to pick up some Mangrove Snapper but they did not make a show up. The Blue Runners were none stop and a bit of a nuisance, but they a lot of fun on an 8lb test light action rod.

Kristan with her first yellow tail of the night

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David with his first yellow tail of the night

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Bait used - Glass minnows and silver sides

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The end result and happy customers

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