in the late 70tys early 80tys ,Good yellowtail bite out on the Horseshoe back in the summer, very early 70's cant remember exactly which year. Nothing but anchovy for bait back then. The boats that did the best had the brown bait.
Very few Macs available locally back then, don't know why. But we did have some queenfish, tom cod, 7-11 perch as mentioned above, and some sort of pompano. Some fish we caught with the chovies, but the limited number of alternative bait was much better on touch bite days. Best days they hit the yo-yo and surface iron. That was fun.
I used to do like 2 1/2 day trips A week,
sometimes, my Friend and I would Jump on
the afternoon turn around too,
and a lot of time's I would hang by the Bait tank,
to grab one if it came up to the top of the Tank,
if not the Regulars got most of them from the Deck hand on the tank,
but the chance of catching A bigger bass, was worth it.