Yes, the current was running so hard at the 8 mile rigs where we normally get bait I do think you could have tied off and ridden a boogie board on it. No bait, and I wonder if that was why.
We were trying for amberjack, and were covered up with snapper as I reported in another post. But--and don't tell anyone--there was a school of mahi mahi at the weather bouy as big as my front yard. And I have a big yard. No time to try a line there, but I will be planning another visit soon.