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January 25, 2011

Port Canaveral Offshore 01-20-11

Port Canaveral 8A reef half day trip 01-20-11

Today I had four guys from Ocala drive down for a partial day of bottom fishing out of Port Canaveral to 8A reef. The weather was forecast ro be nice, so we expected a quick ride to the reef to get the day started. Though a little windier than forecast the sea's stayed decent all day.

Once Anchored the fish started comming up. The current was much stronger than normal for this location, and we had to double up the weight to keep lines from getting tangled. The Sea Bass must have looked like cockroach's scurrying around the bottom, as the catch of them numbered 200-300 for the day. There was some size to them however with many in the 14" to 16" size. A lot of "Barely Legal's" were released during the 5 hours we were out. Triggerfish were
at the reef, though only a handful were brought back. My guest were having a hard time getting the bait down slow enough to to give the Triggers time to come off the bottom and get it before the Sea Bass hooked up.

The big catch of the day was a Ray. It also was caught on the lightest tackle, a 6lb rod, with 6lb braid, using a 1oz jig-head tipped with squid. It took a while to tire it enough to get to the boat, but it finally did, and
was released unharmed.

The ride in found a large weed cluster in which the first few seconds of investigating saw a few Tripletail. We offered a jighead with a squid head, but no interest. We could have tried artificals, but we had a lot of fish to clean, and my guest still had a long drive home. Another boat behind us said they stopped and tried for a while with everything they had (except shrimp which they did not have), and there was no interest despite seeing nearly 10 fish.

50 fish brought back meant a lot of cleaning, and hundreds of fish caught meant sore arms and a fun day of deep sea fishing out of Port Canaveral.

Captain Henry
ACME Ventures llc
Deep Sea Fishing Charters Port Canaveral
"Wile E Coyote"
602 Glen Cheek Dr. Cape Canaveral Fl.