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Today wasn't the best of fishing days. Last night was a full moon - a bit of high pressure over us last night and this morning - but still - the Jetty Poll called - and we answered.

The water was beautiful and 77.6 - wind at 3-5 and variable - tide was strong incoming. We fished towards the end of the Jetty on the outside and then moved to the inside.

For some unknown reason - I went brain dead when buying bait this morning. We picked up the Shad, live and dead shrimp and I asked about mullet too - but somehow didn't remember about the mullet until we launched. Not for sure it would have made a difference - but still - I like to have two different types of bait out at all times. On the last few trips we have been able to catch bait with not too much effort - but this time all we could catch on the shrimp (both live and dead) was hardhead.

So all we had on the big rods was shad and that didn't seem to do the trick today at all. We caught 5 or 6 Atlantic Sharpnose Shark up to about 4 foot.

We decided to move over to a spot on the rocks we have caught whiting, trout, croaker trying to catch some bait - so we cranked the engine - nothing. The battery was dead. Not good when you are at the end of the jetty. In the engine cowling there is an emergency pull-rope. Amazingly enough - it worked! First crank and we were on our way.

At this point, we called it a day and headed in. A little past the Ferry Landing, something dark in the water caught my eye. We were flying in - so I throttled back and swung around - moved in closer to take a look. It was a huge school of Jacks!

I grabbed a poll - and why I chose the smallest poll with the lightest line is beyond me - but still. I threw a mirrorlure in front of the school and the fight was on! And I do mean fight!

We have caught many different types of fish - I love catching Bull Reds - Kings and Lings are really fun - Shark are always fun - Black Drum are like hauling Bowling Balls from the deep - but Jack Carevalle are right up there with the best fighting fish I enjoy catching. One day - I hope to add Tarpon to the list - I keep a line out at all time just in case!

The fight lasted 30-40 minutes - with a light rod - I was pretty much at his mercy. At the end of the fight - Dewey got the net out - and after 3 attempts at knocking the fish off (grin) - he finally netted the Jack. As we were lifting the fish into the boat - the lure came unbuttoned from the fish! It had been just barely hooked!

So when you look at the picture - and see the sweat - you will know the story!

We made a token search for the school of Jack's - but they were long gone - and I was pooped anyway.

The boat's battery was 3 days short of lasting 2 years. We will be putting a new one in immediately!

All the info and pics are here ... but click here to go to the blog if you wish.

Make a great day!
Mark
 

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Wow. A pull rope? My battery died once and I tried using the rope to start my Merc 115. Not a chance. I didn't even come close to getting it to start.

However sidecutter (a 2cooler) ended up coming out to me and giving me a jump, so I didn't have to paddle back or anything. :)

Thanks for the report!
 

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daparson, first off I enjoy reading your reports, Those jacks are a fun fight on light tackle. My wife and I were catching chicken dolphins on light tackle last year and I hooked into a 35lb jack using a curado 200 and an allstar shrimp tailed special. I thought it would never end. well at least u ended your day with a good fight. I am off to take my wife and daughters flounder gigging and will hit the jettys in the morning; May see u out there. tommy
 

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Great trip. You could have had that Tarpon today. you were only a few miles from them.
Man .. don't tease me like that .......... (groan)
 

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dang it, I cant take it any more!!!! I been waiting for some calm wind and clear water all spring and you guys are getting to go and Im not. This sucks. Nice jack fish. I hope I get to go Sat but Im sure the wind will blow like hell.
 

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Hey Dr. Mark, that's my worst fear is a dead battery. Spend about $40 bucks and get you one of those jumper batteries and throw it in your boat. Believe me, it eases your mind after a scare like that. Make sure you fully charge before each trip.
 

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Dang Mark, every trip is an adventure, isn't it ? Those jacks are great shark bait. I kept one last year, cut it up for bait and put the carcass in the back pasture - the coyotes got it right after dark. They Really fought over it ! Must be good, ha I keep a cheap set of cables ( not opened ) to jump from the aerator battery if needed. Great report as usual. Where are the Reds, Dr. Redd ? Help ! I haven't caught any lately, just a lot of sharks ! GC.
 

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Way to Go Pastor. The Lord always blesses you guys with a bounty of HIS creatures. Thanks for the detailed reports. We appreciate you.
 

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I've been wondering where you've been. Haven't seen a report in a week or two. I always enjoy reading your reports.

I told my two boys that I would take off a day and we'll go to the jetties. Now every evening they ask if I'm taking off tomorrow. The jetties is a great place for young kids to catch fish.

Just replaced my battery after three years. The first time it showed signs of not turning over the Yamaha I went down and bought a new one. Not taking any cahnces.
 

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It's not a bad idea to have two batteries on the boat. We have two on our 21' boat at all times, and I made sure I had an extra one on the 17' whaler offshore last week. Sounds like an adventurous trip!
 
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