Trip to the Horseshoe on March 5, 2016© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a trip to the Horseshoe about 70 miles out. Last weekend there were quite a few tuna caught here and word was it had dropped off after 5 days of bliss (120-190 pounders) but the word was out and everyone was headed there. We wanted to see the collection of boats almost as much as we wanted to fish. We counted 76 boats out there upon arrival around 10:30am. Others reported as many as 93 boats around mid-day. Onboard with me was my son Luke, Waldemar Larsen, Omar Vasquez, Andy Whitman, and Joe Keshishian. On the way there, we mostly caught and released red snapper but Andy did get a nice 55 lbs Amberjack on a jig. He slammed it in view just as the Jig was about to break the surface which was very cool. We struck out on the Tuna as many other boats did, although I think I had one hooked up for a short time. A report from the dock in Venice said that only 5 or 6 tuna were brought in but one of them went 190 pounds. Andrew is the editor for Gulf South Outdoors and he did a TV show on the trip and brought a Drone Camera to get some arial views of the boats. After making 3 drifts thru the zone and playing with the Kings and Bonito, we moved off to the Salt Dome Platforms to the Northeast. Omar speared a Scamp Grouper and I shot an Almaco Jack. The quantity of fish was below par but the seas were flat and we had a great day on the water. The trip encompassed 193 miles, 14.5 hours, and 110 gallons of fuel.
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