We went out with some friends last Sunday February 19,2017 out of Pompano Beach aboard the “Sweet Emily”. This was a deep drop Slow Pitch Jigging trip, we SPJ from 300ft to 650ft.
Here’s Jeff’s report of the trip.
Good Friends and a Shared Passion. The thermocline was in full effect, so due to low water temperature the fish seem to have switched off. We still managed to catch some small Blackfin Tuna, Atlantic Bonita, Trigger Fish, Almaco Jack, and one Black Belly Rose Fish. According to Captain Mike of the Sweet Emily, we managed to catch considerably more than his Saturday charter of anglers using solely dead bait. The trip was comprised of familiar faces, but a few that we haven’t seen in a while. All were eager to get out and bend a rod. Alex, Ray, Rob, Benny and I, were a group of kindred spirited jig fisherman, and always willing share a lively discussion on our tactics and techniques. Things always discussed are line size, jigs used, hooks and hardware sizes (Ray criticized me on using too large of a split ring…lol), and what jig fishing adventures may lie ahead of the current day and those shared in the past. All good stuff! Jigs used on this day included Sea Falcon Deep Neo, Sea Falcon Z Slow, Sea Falcon S Impact, and Sea Falcon Superdrain, Sea Floor Control Abyss, Sea Floor Control Arch, Sea Floor Control Arrow, Se Floor Control Rector, and Sea Floor ControlSpunky. Rods used were Temple Reef Levitate 682 and 683, Blackhole 661 custom by RCW, and Evergreen Poseidon Longfall 710H-6 matched with ocea jigger 2000, maxel transformer 30CH, maxel transformer 40CH and the new Shimano torium 16HG. I certainly enjoyed the fishing and look forward to fishing with this crew again.
Rob (red shirt) waving “hi” aboard “Sweet Emily”
Benny (benwha22) looking at Fort Lauderdale Skyline
Jeff (angryangler) holding a sea floor control jig
The ride out to the first spot was about 15mins from the dock and about 350ft deep
RCW’s first black belly rose fish, another fish scratched off the bucket list. The fish was caught at 640ft using a Sea Falcon Deep Neo 350g, ocea jigger 2000 spooled with fins40g on a blackhole 661 custom slow pitch
a beautiful sunset on the way home
This was my first deep drop slow jigging trip, looking forward to the next one.