The Angry Seas Fishing Charters will provide all the Gas, Bait, Tackle and Equipment for the day as well as the Fishing Licenses for all guests. A cooler stocked with fresh Ice and water will be provided at no additional cost. We request that you use our cooler and leave yours in the car. If you would like to take home fish we may catch on the charter, the captain will clean and bag your fish after the fishing charters at no additional cost to you. We also offer recipes and storage ideas to make your catch stay fresh and taste fresh.
CALL (904) 347-1174 FOR CHARTER BOOKINGS
CALL (904) 347-1174 FOR CHARTER BOOKINGS
8AM – You arrive at the dock to find the boat and captain are fueled and ready to fish.
8:10AM – We make our way out the St. Augustine or Matanzas Inlet and head south looking for Bait fish.
9AM – At this point we should have a live well full of bait. If no baitfish are present the captain will have rods rigged with a variety of artificial lures (hogy eels, blue back swim shads, buck tail jigs and Slayer Inc predator swim baits) and as we turn to the north with the sun at our backs the hunt begins.
9:15AM – The Captain spots a dark shape in the distance just below the water line moving slowly to the north. As we approach slowly with the wind at our back we can see that it’s a large Manta Ray trying to soak up the mornings sun. The sheer size of the ray has you in a tranquil state of awe and then the captain shouts, “two fish right wing!” This manta has some passengers. Two medium sized cobs are trailing the Manta just above it’s right wing. to the untrained eye they look like two small sharks swimming along with the giant fish but our captain knows better. These are the “Brown Bombers” we’ve been looking for. The Captain carefully throttles us into casting range and he gives the signal to cast. Aiming for just right of the manta, you cast your lure and begin a quick retrieve. The hungry fish can’t resist and they make a dash at the lure. The natural instinct of the fish is heightened because of the competition and the larger of the two cobs inhales the lure and turns toward the Ray. As you reel down on the fish and set the hook the line immediately begins to scream. “Fish on!” shouts the captain as he maneuvers the boat to not only keep the fish tight but to make it possible to cast a lure at the other fish if he stays in sight or swims along with the hooked fish as Cobia sometimes do.
9:30AM – The captain has come off the tower and is assisting in the catch of the fish. Giving tips to the novice angler about technique and making sure the proper amount of drag is being used to catch the fish quickly and safely. As the fish comes to the boat the captain will give instructions on the landing of the fish. While you hold the rod the captain will leader the fish and gaff the fish as quickly as possible maneuvering it into the fish box. When the fish box door closes high -fives and congratulations can be exchanged. Cobia are fierce fighters and their will to live is exacerbated when on the end of a gaff. Many fish have been lost from the gaff to the box so we don’t celebrate until the door closes tight.
10:00AM – We will take some pictures of you with your fish and let you take as many pictures as you want. If we need to re-rig the rods the Captain will do it at this time and let you get a snack and drink of water. The captain will give the boat a quick scrub down and wipe up the excess water on the deck. Then he will jump back in the tower and we are on our way again. This is a great start to one of the best fishing charters out of St. Augustine.
10:20AM – In the distance the Captain spots a large dark area in the water, unlike the manta ray earlier this appears to be the bait fish we’ve been looking for as the captain approaches he suddenly yells out ” freeswimmer!” A monster cobia is patrolling the outer edge of the pod of Menhaden or Pogies as they are also know. Once again we throw lures but the big girl is so keyed on the Live bait that she noses the bait only to swim away and back down to the depths. The Captain throws one of the cast nets on the boat and fills the live well up with fresh bait. While the captain prepares the live bait he has you dropping A bucktail jig tipped with some squid down bellow the pod. Immediately the rod beds over and the drag starts to scream. This fish is smaller that the first and maybe just legal to keep 33″ from the nose to the fork in the tail. Rather than gaffing a non-legal fish the captain opts to use the landing net on the boat to boat the fish. After measuring the fish it turns out he’s just short and we take a quick picture and release the fish unharmed to grow a bit bigger next year.
10:40AM – As we collect ourselves from the previous fight you notice a fish swimming next to the boat. “Is that a shark” you ask? “freeswimmer” the captain replies as he dives into the live well to grab a live bait. He hooks the Pogy through the nose and casts the bait just ahead of the swimming Cobia. The fish spots the bait and darts over for quick meal. The pogey manages to evade the Cobia for a few seconds but it only makes the fish more aggressive. When the Cob finally catches his prey the captain reels the line tight sinking the VMC circle hook perfectly in the corner of it’s mouth. The Captain hands you the screaming rod as you try to wrestle with the angry fish. This fish however, is not as easy to break as he darts back to the ocean floor as he approaches the boat. Your forearms begin to burn as the captain brings the cooler for you to sit on.
11:00AM – Finally the fish gets close enough to the boat for the captain to attempt a gaff shot. A well placed gaff shot stuns the fish and allows the captain to easily place the fish in the fish box. Two in the box and you now have enough fish to have quite the taco party. We spot another ray in the distance and we’re off again chasing down our next target. This ray appears to be “empty” as he has no Cobs swimming on his back. The captain hands you a deep diver jig and instructs you to cast on the sides of the ray in case Cobia are swimming beneath the giant fish. After a couple tries we give up and search for a different opportunity.
11:30AM – We managed to find another bait pod but jigging it only produced a couple of black tip sharks. You decide that with your forearms burning and a fshbox full of fish that you’ve had enough and we head back toward the dock.
11:40AM – At the mouth of the inlet we see some sarcasm (seaweed) floating in the tideline. Upon further inspection, just below the surface a Triple-tail fish is floating on its side preparing an ambush for an unsuspecting baitfish. The captain ties a voodoo shrimp on one of the inshore rods and instructs you to cast it passed the fish and jig it back slowly. We watch as the fish swims down after the lure and immediately engulfs the life like shrimp lure. As you set the hook the fish makes a few jumps before putting it’s namesake to use and digging for the ocean floor. After a great fight the captain nets the fish and it goes on ice after a few more pictures. Now you have a great memory and one of the tastiest of all the table fare in the fish box.
11:55AM – After spotting a pod of dolphin playing in the intracoastal we arrive at the dock and begin to unload. The captain makes sure you exit the boat safely and he does a thorough check for any forgotten belongings that may have been left behind.
12:00PM – The Cleaning table is full and you wonder what your going to do with all the fish. The captain cleans each fish and separates the fish by species and portions the meat out to your specifications.
Once again high fives are exchanged and well wishes are given. We hope your time on our fishing charters with The Angry Seas was memorable and we hope to see you again. We’ll exchange email information so the captain can email you your pictures from the fishing charter trip later that evening.
This is a break down of an actual fishing charter that we ran in the Spring of 2014. Although great fishing is always the goal, sometimes mother nature refuses to cooperate. This is why we can’t guarantee great fishing charters all the time but we can guarantee all, a great time fishing.