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Not a bad start

Always nice to see newcomers to our fishing holidays and for the next ten days we have Simon and Jeff from Jersey and Robin from my neck of the woods Newcastle. First day with calm seas we went offshore after dorado and permit both were not playing but as is the magic of the Florida Keys we had some good rod bending action with jacks. Jacks are are very close cousin of the permit and we found these in 110 ft and they never give up lost a couple to shark and kept three for bait.

Day two a big grouper was on the list so off to our favorite wreck in the bay. Tides were a nightmare and you have to be right or no fish. We had a small one for us about 150 lb but it was just not right for the big ones so off to an other wreck. This new wreck I have only had the numbers for a couple of months for some reason has some huge barracuda. Why I don’t know it is nearly 20 miles in the bay but with in minutes a big one was under the boat and after some teasing with a tube lure Simon was on.  Then it became shark city with hard fighting blacktip and blacknose so much fun on light gear. We were rocked by a grouper so as the weather was getting worse we decied to drift a massive bait about 9 lb to see if there was a big one. Well we had one take and any fish that takes a 9 lb bait is not a small fish so we will be back. On the last drift Jeff had a 20 lb + barracuda which jumped at least 10 ft in the air awesome or what.