Palm Beach Florida April 2016
Being from the DFW area, my experience fishing saltwater has been very limited. Bone fishing in Cozumel Mexico, Fly fishing out of Panama City Beach for redfish and Bonito, and trolling for Mahi Mahi are the few saltwater trips I have been on in my lifetime. Needless to say I was absolutely pumped to get to travel to Palm Beach Florida to fish with Josh Jorgensen.
The trip started off pretty slow with Justin and Stephanie’s flight getting canceled, causing them to arrive 4 hours later than scheduled. Luckily once they arrived there was still time to hit the lake and chase Peacock bass. We were all Peacock bass Virgins and were all hoping to get on our first “Pea” as the people from Florida call them. From literally the first cast it was on. The Peas were on beds and guarding fry causing them to be super aggressive. The tactic we were using is flipping a live shiner with a small split shot to docks, sea walls and brush. In 1.5-2 hours of fishing we boated 10-12 peacock bass up to 4.5 pounds, as well as a few strange fish that looked like they belonged in a fish tank. It was an awesome trip and I can’t thank Captain Shane enough for a great trip.
The next morning was the main reason for the trip. We were headed off shore to a wreck in 230 ft. of water to go man to fish with Giant Amberjack. Josh has been on 9 trips for these fish and has yet to be successful at landing a big one. These fish are breeding fish that have migrated in from super deep water to spawn on the wreck. They are freight trains weighing from 80-150 pounds. The very first drift on the wreck showed me what we were dealing with. Giant arcs on the graph followed by the Josh immediately hooking up on the first drop showed us the fish were there and they were ready to eat. For the next 4 hours we were beat up and our gear broken. The pure power of these fish is like nothing I have ever witnessed. Fluorocarbon failing, Rods breaking and drags screaming we gave these fish everything we had and end the end we were beaten. We were able to catch a really nice Mahi Mahi and Jack before calling it a day.
The mahi trip we had planned for Sunday was canceled, however as sore as the three of us were that may not have been a bad thing. We fished for bass the rest of the day before heading back to the airport. It was a short trip but a great trip. We will be back to chase these Giant Amberjack and we will figure out how to beat them.