Report Date: December 17, 2003
Looks like today was our day on top of the fleet. We had 2 Ted Sahleys and Ron Waselenchuk out for the day. The day started freezing cold and windy. We caught herring and headed offshore to find sails and anything else that was hungry. A couple kings in the 7 pound class got us started. About an hour into our fishing we hooked a small shark. We released him and missed a nice dolphin. Soon another small shark swam up to the boat. He ate a bait we were putting out. Suddenly a sailfish appeared near the shark. It ate a bait and raced around the bow. As this sail swam under the kite baits another sail ate the short kite bait. As the anglers dodged and weaved around each other, the long kite bait was eaten by a third sail. When the dust settled, we had released two sails and a shark, but the line had broken on the third sail.
As the day progressed, the action stayed consistent and good. We soon caught 3 dolphin from 8 to 20 pounds. The next couple king mackerel were 12 to 15 pounds. As the day was coming to an end, the sailfish turned on. We caught 3 sailfish in about 30 minutes and lost at least one other when the wire leader broke.
The anglers and crew were all very pleased with a total of 5 sailfish releases, 3 dolphin releases, 2 shark releases, several kings released and two more kings kept for dinner at the marina.
Tarpon have appeared in good numbers around the inlet and we are looking forward to reporting good action on them soon.
Happy Holidays to all from Bouncer and Ron aboard Bouncer?s Dusky 33.
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