Deep Drop on the Blue Spear It

Frenchy called me and asked if I wanted to put that deep drop rig I blogged about to work.  I jumped at the chance.  We loaded up the Blue Spirit and headed south out of Pensacola Pass on a crisp cool morning. The wind was still and the seas smooth making for a nice run out.  Crew was Scott (aka FN Yankee), Mike, Bill, Me and Frenchy.

We stopped and took a quick shot at some bonito for bait, but they were elusive and we did not have time to waste.  So we were reduced to utilizing our stash of assorted frozen ilk including this turducken like cigar minnow stuffed squid.

Yes, squid do eat fish nearly as big as they are.

Here is a little video of the action.

And a few stills:

Turned the grouper into Baked Grouper Parm.

Simple to make.  Just dipped the fish in a mix of egg and milk then dropped in a baggie containing Parmesan cheese, flour, salt and pepper.  Baked for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Pairs well with Magic Hat #9 (but then, what doesn’t?).

Until next time, get out there and catch ’em up.



Deep Drop Rig

The other day I blogged about a recent trip we took to do deep drop.  You can read that here and check out the grouper, tile fish and bass we caught:

I was asked about the rigs we were using to catch those fish so I created a short video to show you how to make them up.  They are pretty simple and while you can buy them already made up, it’s a lot cheaper to do yourself.

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Here is the video of building the deep drop rig.  I had a little help from my K9 buddy.  He didn’t seem very impressed.

For deep drop, you really need an electric reel.  Cranking up five to eight pounds of weight 800 feet to check your bait would get old really fast. These used to be particularly expensive, but they have come down in price significantly in the last couple of years.  You can get some really nice ones, but you can also go budget.  I have a Diawa Tanacum Bull 1000 that is really nice but relatively lower priced.  I also have a Fish Winch that is at the low end of the price spectrum, but that I have found to be like the turtle, slow and steady.

The rod on the Fish Winch is just a trolling rod with roller guides.  Works fine and I switch it back and forth between trolling and deep drop so I don’t need two separate rods.  The one on the Tanacum is a really nice dedicated deep drop rod my wife bought me and you can also see in the picture a kite rod (also a gift from my wife. She keeps me well outfitted!). This allows me to switch the Tanacum over for kite fishing duty rather than having two separate reels.

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Snowy Winter

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Man, we had some ugly weather last week.  It felt like we had lightening hitting in the yard for hours.  80 MPH winds in Gulf Shores.  8 inches of rain at home.  It was no fun.  Then this crazy cold front blew in last night with snow in Mobile and 28 degree low temp here this AM.  But, in between, there was Thursday. Oh, Glorious Thursday!  Man, she was begging for us to head offshore, so we did.

With the Pair-A-Dice down for maintenance I was fortunate to get an invite from Frenchy and we headed out of Pensacola on The Blue Spirit. Joining us for the trip: Noah, Andrew and Nick “the Lure Guy,” a solid crew.

We had a smooth ride out and set up the deep drop rigs in search of some denizens of the deep.

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We also got on some Long Tail Sea Bass.  These are some really cool looking fish. Reminds me of a quote from film director David Lynch (DUNE, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet…):  “If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water.  But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.  Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”  Well, he wasn’t really talking about fish, but, regardless, the words had some credibility in the world of deep drop this week.

We moved to some deeper water and got on some Tile Fish as well.  Both Blueline Tiles and Golden Tiles.

The Man-O-War were out in force.  Lots of tentacles coming up on the deep drop lines.

Stumbled on this Snowy Grouper while looking for tiles.

Before he ate my bait, he ate this little guy that I found in his mouth.

We also had this Oil Fish fall in our laps.

He has cool eyes.

We also tried for some swords to no effect.  Had two separate hits, but nobody ate the bait.  All good, we packed up and headed for the barn.

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