More BIG Grouper, Spanish, Bluefish, etc. 1-3-10 Reel Adventure

January 3rd, 2010 by Capt. Matt Wirt

Happy new years to everyone! I just wanted to post up a quick report because the Pine Island fishing has been on fire when the wind works in our favor. I have gotten LOT’S of questions on the Goliath Grouper trips. The first one is YES they are always there! No you cant keep them, they are federally protected! We may or may not catch a keeper sized grouper and there is a good possibility you will get a cobia or an amberjack. But please be aware we are Goliath Grouper fishing, smaller bottom fish are generally not hanging around where the Goliath’s are….for good reason!

Inshore has been picky. Lots of temp changes on the flats. The fish are there but it has not been a easy bite. Some days we wear them out the next they wont even take a live shrimp much less a fly. This should settle down after the fronts blow by.

On a side note those that purchased a fly rod from me on the fly rod deal need to make sure you get your checks out to me ASAP. I am waiting on a check from 5 people. I also still have 2 rods left for sale.

Starting with off shore pics..

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Rod abuse!

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This one was bigger than  me. I estimate it @ 250 lbs. This one and the big one from last report are hard to estimate. I saw on youtube where other capts. estimate the same size fish around 400 lbs. I just know its big! I also will have a youtube video up soon. I have the footage, just need to edit it out.

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Shannon with a nice keeper sized grouper.

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Just a little short!

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I need a bigger stick. This was a 40 to 80lb rod I made. I am making an unlimited class rod this week. I can only imagine the size of the grouper that broke it. I have the rod breaking on video.

Inshore…..

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Becks with a nice spanish. We caught over 100 fish on a 3/4 day trip. Note the wall of birds behind her, they are on busting fish.

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Her husband Randall hooked up. I have video where we were catching bluefish on a bare jig head! What a great day with great customers! Thanks again guys!

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This is one of the many bait balls the fish were working that day.

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My boat was covered with these!

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These are a few they kept for dinner. The biggest spanish went 22 inches.

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The fish were going nuts that day!

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air time!

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Jason with a nice bluefish on the TFO 7 wt.

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Shredding the gurgler!

I hope everone has a great 2010 and if you want to come down to Florida for a winter fishing trip just give us a call!

Capt. Matt Wirt

910-540-0570

http://www.reel-adventure.com/PineIslandFishingCharters.htm

Pine Island FL untill March 20.

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