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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sailor's Choice Or Salt-Water Bream
Pompom Or Cuban Queen
Tripletail Or Chobie
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Not so much sport as work, fishing for these Jewfish. One hundred and fifty pounds is an average size, and the record is 750 pounds, caught with rod and reel in Miami in 1925. If you come home with one or a dozen, hang them up in front of some local sporting goods store and cut steaks from them for those who customarily come from all sides on such occasions. The Jewfish is a member of the Grouper family, and as such is an ocean bottom feeder and is caught by still fishing. He rarely strikes a plug or spoon. He frequents waters near old wrecks, piling, on coral beds, reefs and in entrances to creeks and sloughs. His color is dull olive brown with obscure lighter markings. His tail is rounded. Should you catch a Jewfish with square tail, you'd have not a Jewfish but a California Black Sea Bass.
This fellow depends on his weight rather than on fight to resist capture. When you hook him, he lays on the bottom until you pull him up by main strength. Consequently you'll need heavy tackle. If the object is solely to get a Jewfish, you may dispense with rod and reel, use a rope and chain, baiting a large hook with a three or four pound fish, and get assistance of all hands on deck to pull him after he swallows the bait.
Tackle and method: Use a rope and a large hook baited with a hunk of mullet. Then as soon as he takes the bait, get him headed upward. Should he get his nose to the bottom and put his fins into play to resist your pull, the chances are you'll pull in vain, for he weighs more than you do.