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We made two trips this past week. Both days the seas were a choppy 1' to 2' and very tolerable. We were able to run 30+ mph all day but only needed to hit a couple of spots to get some fish.

DAY ONE - Broke the Freeport jetties at 0630. We made a run to the A19's. We picked up a couple of limits of snapper, all 18" to 25". No big sows. We had a couple of amberjack's and lost a few due to not getting them away from the rig quick enough. Day 2 would have a solution to that problem!!

We would have a few kings but the 'cuda were thick and would leave us nothing but heads. We did manage to finally catch one of the 'cuda's and it scaled just under 40#'s back at the dock.

We moved to some underwater structure around noon but were potlicked! No big deal, as the bite turned off like a light switch. Nothing would bite.

We started the run back in hitting several weed patches and rigs as we went. We could mark fish but could not get them to bite.

All fish were caught on sardines except for the amberjacks which were caught on live bait that we caught at the A19 rigs. Day was overcast and the wind was non-existant. Beautiful day on the water. Made it back to the dock at 1830.

DAY TWO - What to do today? We decided to run back the the A19's. After filling up at the dry stack storage place, 80 gallons, we broke the jetties at 0615. At about 30 miles we get an overheating alarm on the port engine. Must have picked up some seaweed. We look but nothing. We try a few things to get the alarm to shut of but nothing works. The captain decides we are closer to the A19's than we are to the dock so we are going fishing!

We decided the engine wasn't running hot and it was just a faulty sensor but the motor would only turn 2000 rpm's. That last 20 miles to the rigs was going to take a while. We made about 15 mph with one engine turning 3200 rpm's and the "overheating" engine turning 2000 rpms. We run through a small shower and rach our destination. There are already a few boats at the rigs and a few were on the way.

We get tied off and start to fish. The fishing started off slow. We picke up a few snapper and started catching some live bait. Today Mr. Amberjack is not going to be as fortunate as yesterday. We break out the "broomstick". A 5' fiberglass rod about 3/4" diameter at the tip. It has a roller tip and TWO other guides. Strapped to this beast is a just as ugly Penn Senator 6/0 spooled with 80# mono we stripped off the weedeater spool!! We had to dig way back in the closet for this rig!

We never lost an amberjack today! Kept a limit up to 45#'s. We ended the day with limits of snapper, limits of amberjack, a few lane snapper, one dog snapper that was about 10#'s or so. We never left the rig. What a day. lots of other boats came and went. We trolled some larger deep diving crankbaits when we left. Hooked up to a king right away but he became a snack for a hungry 'cuda. At least we got half of the king. Made a couple more runs around the rigs and picked up another king. Made one more run and nothing. Capt. says bring them in we are headed for home. Bam - Bam, double hook-up!! Tow more kings in the box bringing us up to 4 and we make the run north back to the dock. We break the jetties at 1900 and head for the dock.

This was the two best days I have ever had offshore. The weather, the fish, the boat, my buddies. Everything fell into place.

Photos to follow as soon as I shrink them down.
 

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we were on 19 on Friday but didn't have the same luck. Did you guys catch the 45lb King? we heard on the radio that somone had right there by us. We did manage to boat a 30# Ling that almost got away from us. He ran right in to the props and wrapped himself up. thankfully our boat captain was thinking and he did his crocidile hunter impression. dove in and unwrapped the line out of the prop. after that we gaffed him and brought him in green. He about whooped us but we tackled him and eventually got him in the box. a little excitement. We were in the 24' Grady we stayed over on 19b for a while. Did manange to end up with 3 Kings 10-18 lbs and a limit of snapper we caught on the way back in. Glad to hear some one had some luck!
 

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I am glad someone had luck on A19. Friday was a the thrid time I fished there and have still not had much to speak of.
 

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We didn't have the 45# king. We were in the 26' Proline w/ twin 200 yamahas. We only fished the rig that has the helo deck.


The 'cudas were thick, I would not have dove in for anything.
 

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Photos - I hope

1. 40# or so 'cuda from day one.

2. Large Dog Snapper

3. The Honey Hole!

4. AJ Central

5. AJ's and Kings = JACKPOT!!

6. Me with the Catch of the Day!
 

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Good trip. I've fished there several times and all I ever get are Cuda's and small Snapper. There are usually several boats there and I always attributed my poor results to overfishing. I'm going to have to rethink it now because you've obviously found how to pull some good fish out of there.
 

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I haven't had much luck they but about a month ago my dad hook a big Ling there and lost it to the rig and we did hook a good fish there the other day but staighten the hook. So I know there are fish there but I will I am going to start trying a few other spots. I sure miss A-20A I always had pretty good luck there.
 

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That is a really big mangrove snapper (grey snapper). Not a dog. Still a darn good fish, and mighty tasty.
 

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We dove the A19s a couple weeks ago and I can confirm that there are quite a few big cudas there. I saw lots of juvenile snapper but very few of a legal size. There were a fair number of AJ's and we speared a couple.

Pretty disappointed in not seeing many legal snapper under those rigs. They get fished pretty hard. Beautiful dive though.
 

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Thanks for the correction James. We knew it wasn't a red snapper.


Marsh Monkey, We caught a fair amout of 14" snapper but stayed long enough to scratch out a few limits of legal keepers. We didn't move at all the second day. There was no current or wind. The boat would just lazily swing back and forth with the waves, what little there were. It was hot and I thought about going in for a dip but couldn't get the thought of the 'cudas out of my mind!!

The rig was also loaded with these fish that we called tile fish. You could barely get your bait down to the bottom. They were like piranas.
 

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Last week, 7-03 I caught a 5 foot Bull shark off of 19, had been swimming about 5 minutes before i caught him. talk about making your spine tingle!
 

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5 or 6 years ago i use to frequently fish that triple rig. we use to pull nice snappers off the rigs. most of the amberjacks that we caught were right around legal size but never any real rig donkeys. the cuda's were not a abundant as they are now. as others have stated there are some nice fish being caught near that area. as sargent and matagorda get more boat traffic the area will get hammered. another spot bites the dust.....rick
 

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William H,

Great Post. Yall had an awesome trip. Don't worry about those cuda. They won't bother you. I'd encourage you to jump in the water with a mask and a snorkle and look up under those rigs. Pretty awesome and feels good on days like we have been having recently.

Diving has made me a much better fisherman. Pretty amazing what you learn up under those rigs.

Keep up the great post's. Those pics of those A.J. made me go pull some out of the freezer to throw on the grill tonight!
 

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Where are the A 19's

How far from the freeport jetties, and at what heading, ? we went to Wacker and only managed 2 kings and 5-6 bonnetheads,,, Pat
 

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28 10.457 095 35.421 is a little bit past the rigs heading from freeport but you will be with in 400 yards of them. about 45 or 50 miles out of freeport....rick
 

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just out of curiosity,what do yall find so attractive about that rig?I mean is it because it is three rigs together?Btw, there is another rig within a mile of that rig to try also.
 
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