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Fishing at the snapper hole

Capt. Mark Rosen
November 8, 2015
Port St. Lucie - Saltwater Fishing Report

I took a father son charter out to my favorite spot, the snapper hole 12 nautical miles NE of Fort Pierce inlet yesterday. The forecast was marginal we didn't confirm the trip till that morning after watching the weather forecast change many times and looking at the sea buoy for real time data. Forecast dropped to 2 to 3 foot seas 8 second period out of the south east. We left at 8:30 with an outgoing tide the inlet was sloppy but passable I slowed down and raised the bow once we go through the inlet the seas were fine mostly 3 foot but we were able to make 16 Knots without pounding. Once we got there and anchored up it was fine. The water temperature was 81 degrees. Very good water clarity. The current was running at about 1 knot. The spot I fished is in 80 feet of water the spot raises to up to 73 feet. The snapper hole if a natural reef lots of medium or large size areas with sand in between them. We were able to use 6 OZ sinkers to hold bottom. We used the standard 3 hook chicken rig made from 50 pound pink Andy line and 3/0 J hooks. We started with cut squid and once we caught some grunts switched over to cut bait. I had some blue runners in the live well from a previous trip so I put one of those out on a surface line with a float and 15 feet of flora carbon leader. We saw the dolphin chase our live bait but didn't take it, I tossed out a large grunt filet on a bait runner rod. The dolphin took the filet and the fight was on, she jumped 3 times during the fight. The dolphin measured at just over 33". When I cleaned the dolphin she had a whole grunt, a whole vermilion snapper, ad out filet in her belly. During the day we caught a lot of vermilion snappers all short we caught and released a 14" mutton snapper. We caught a 13" yellow tail snapper. We also caught a lot of trigger fish including a small queen trigger we released and several nice size triggers up to 17"

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I specialize in groups of 4 or less anglers. I have 2 boats a 20 foot flats boat and a 24 foot center console I charge by the person not the trip

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Port St. Lucie Fishing Charters
6130 NW Duke Circle
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: 772-340-7440
Alt. Phone: 609-558-5858
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