After looking at the temp. and chlorophyll shots, I decided to head to the Steeples today. It was my younger brother Jordan’s first springtime stream trip, so I was hoping to put him on some fish. We put lines in three miles inshore of the numbers in 69-degree water. Just inshore of the structure was a nice temp break, going to 71 degrees.
On the first pass over the numbers, I look back and see stripes after my dasiy chain. I grab the short flat, crank it in a couple of turns, and the hoosky nailed it. After a quick ten minute fight, we box fish number one – around 20 pounds. About 30 minutes later, the short flat goes to screaming again. Fifteen minutes later we have ‘hoo number two in the box – around 30 pounds.
About an hour later, the bird/green machine I had way long sounded off. This fish peeled off 300 yards of line, then bit through the fluorocarbon. We trolled for another hour or so with no love, then decided to go jigging. On the first drop, I hooked a decent ‘hoo which managed to bite me off. Next up, Jordan caught a 35-pound jack. This pace kept up for the next 3 hours. We released numerous jacks, a scamp around 15 pounds, and a yellow edge grouper in the high teens, as well as a few false albacore.
On the way home, I decided to hit a bass number offshore of the tower. In 30 minutes, we put 20 or so knotheads in the boat. What a great day! Final tally: two wahoo, numerous jacks, two grouper, a few boneheads, and 20 or so big bass.