St John Virgin Islands for 6 days = 9 species of fish caught

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Had a crazy week fishing and snorkling around St John island. Did research before I left, knew that squid would catch a lot of species around the island. Used the regular setup of a slide weight with a 18" leader. Every cast I would get bites and or a fish. While standing on some rocks casting I spotted out of the corner of my eye an eel slither under a nearby rock, it looked decent too. First I dipped my hook and bait down near the rock and before i knew it he was already munching on my bait....set the hook....."snip" my line was cut by his razor sharp teeth like a hot knife through butter. luckely I had some wire leaders. The leaders were set up with a egg weight fastened at the end. So I held the egg weight in my hand and jigged the chunck of squid in the same slot as the first........Green morray Eel on!!
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He fought like hell but I got him outta the rock, took some pics and let him go. it was hard the get the hook from his jaw, everytime i would get the pliers near he would yank them outta my hand...
Seriously, every cast had some sort of action, caught a few dozen fish from the bank including a Tiger Grouper,
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Squrriel fish,
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Yellow snapper,
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Red Hind,
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Blue striped Grunt and a few others.
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Even had a Needlefish on for a few seconds but he popped off at the bank.

Went out on a charter on a Marlin hunt. Sadly the Marlin werent biting we couldnt even call one up with 6 different teaser setups running and a few flying fish "plugs"
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guide said these fish can soar 700 feet before landing back in the water...

We did get into a nice 4.5 ft Wahoo, beautiful fish.
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Decent fight, but mostly ran at the boat trying to get free. Fight lasted about 12 minutes.
Next fish was a King Macarol, sorry no picture, this fish had to be released, it was an amazing fish though weighed around 35-40 pounds.
We were only able to get two fish on the troll so we decided to go for the live bait which was a small silver fish resembling a small Shad. After tossing out three rods, two spining and a level line on the down rigger, fish began to get hooked left and right. We ended up catching 3 Barracudas,

PICTURES SOON

5 Black fin Tuna,
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1 Caribean reef shark,

VIDEO SOON

and a Trigger fish.
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When we arrived back to the dock, while cleaning the fish we were told to look behind the boat....6 or so 8-10 ft Nurse sharks circled the area, feasting on the discarded fish parts.
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funny thing was, people were swimming 100 or so yards away......Even a hundred or so pound Tarpon was in on the action.........
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I had to feed these beauties by hand, knowing Nurse sharks are some of the most gentle sharks...unless you fall in:cool:.........
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Acually guess it was more like 12 species caught......
What a trip!!...... Big thanks to Captian Rob and Sharp K and mixed bag charters St. John & St. Thomas Sport Fishing, sportfishing, charter, deep sea fishing
 
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Looks like an effin awesome trip NWK!!! Nice variety of fish man!!! Can't wait for the video!!!
 
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Thanks TT it was pretty damn insane. I will have multiple videos up today!
 
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WOW,great report and photos,definitely no shortage of fish where you were,,,you hit the grand slam my friend with all those different species...that blue striped grunt is absolutely stunning
 
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heres some videos with many more to come......
[video]http://youtu.be/rfON7URaHQ4[/video]
[video]http://youtu.be/gMd-r-W7JGo[/video]
[video]http://youtu.be/kka9RTpxGbk[/video]
[video]http://youtu.be/GTayaEaRxeA[/video]
 
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Have You Kissed a Bass Today???
WOWeee bro, y'all sure caught reely lotta fishes...:lol::lol::lol::lol:
Great Job
Very Well Done.

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:cool::cool:
 
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thanks hawk, it sure was a great time!
 
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Sounds like an awesome trip of a lifetime! Those are for sure stunning fish. It's amazing the broad variety. We kinda live in a salmonid bubble in the pnw so it's pretty cool to see other species
 
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thanks JJ, ya talk about not knowing what your gonna get, found out there were like 340 species of fish, im sure a handful were algea eaters but most of them had crazy teeth, especially the tiger grouper and the red hind! a defenit array.
 
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I missed this thread somehow but man that looks like heaven I bet I felt like it!! some really beautiful fish and some not so much but some crazy teeth!!
 
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Did you eat any of those reef fish? :) I remember the food is scarce on St. John...
 
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ya the fish were amazing.....but ya you had to be ready for a mouth full of teeth when ever you brought one in...it was heavan.

I acually didn't eat any of the reef fish, although i heard the "rock hind" ( red spots and teeth)...were some of the best eaters on the island. I just caught and released. but the wahoo and the tuna were a whole other story....it was amazing
 
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