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SPJ Dry Tortugas

January 25, 2017

Brian Dietz sent this report to me after the dry tortugas 2 days mutton marathon aboard the Yankee Captains


Ray and I got a last minute call from Capt Greg of the famous Yankee Captains, he had a limited load of anglers so we packed quick for the ride down to the keys. This trip was perfect to fish some more sea falcon jigs along with blackhole and synit slow pitch rods. We had decent conditions and the fish reacted fairly well. Limits of Mutton Snapper, Red Grouper, and Yellow Tail were taken along with some Blackfin Tuna and big AJs. Blackhole 661 SlowPitch along with Synit Mantanza rods were heavily tested along with Sea Falcon 150-220g Z-Slow, 160-200g S-Impact and 120-180 Z-Slide.


the scenic drive to the keys


the famous yankee caps


hanging out in the bow


KilSong and Brian having a cold one


got a nice shot on my camera on the way out


nice boat heading back.


cruise ship we saw on the way to dry tortugas


fishermen returning home for the day


first day of fishing on the 2 day mutton marathon. Kil Song was on fire! He was using blackhole slowpitch. The soft, sensitive tip made him high hook of the trip. He limited on snapper and grouper.


Kil with his red grouper on diamond jig


Brian and his 40# amberjack


The highlight of the trip has to be a huge 70 – 80# AJ by Ray using custom Black Hole Cape Cod 661 model on a sea falcon z slow 220g jig. 2 Deckhands had to carry the fish, that’s how big it was.


We had to go back to the dock earlier due to bad weather. Overall, it was a good trip. We limited on snapper and grouper. We got to test sea falcon jigs on shallow water, 120feet. looking forward to the next adventure.


Thanks to Brian for the report and pictures.

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