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Outstanding blue-water fishing

What's hot? Blue-water fishing for tuna, wahoo and dolphin is outstanding. American red snapper, grouper (gags and reds) and amberjack are excellent. Sid Rice and friends fished 130 miles offshore this past weekend along an area known as the Steps and released a 200-pound blue marlin and caught 20 dolphin as heavy as 30 pounds. The dolphin were along a weed line that ran north-south for 14 miles. We fished with Dr. Craig Hammock, a young Marine and college buddy, in 90 feet and caught red grouper as heavy as 16 pounds, American red snapper and 20-pound amberjack over a shipwreck in 120 feet.

Tackle and bait: Rice was trolling six lines using skirts and ballyhoo. The blue marlin hit a pink and yellow skirted ballyhoo. Most of the dolphin hit light-colored skirted ballyhoo. They picked up one 25-pound wahoo but no tuna. We caught most of our grouper on dead baits. The American red snapper preferred dead bait as well. Our biggest grouper were caught while drifting live pinfish over hard bottom in 92 feet of water west of John's Pass.

Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call (727) 709-9396 or send e-mail to huffyl@tampabay.rr.com.

Outstanding blue-water fishing 06/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2008 12:39pm]
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