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Shan, Donnie, Dave and brother Bob go fishin.

    Today my fishing buddies were my brother Bob, buddy Donnie Poston, Shan Martin and his buddy Dave Claybaugh. This is Shan's second trrip aboard the Goin Off and almost a year to the day since I enjoyed his company. This year we had Mahi on our mind as well as somne bigger, badder game so going after the Kingfish wasn't in the cards today.
    First order of business as usual was to catch some live pogies which we accomplished easily down the beach towards the steeple. We ran offshore to about 120 feet of water and started drowning ballyhoo and except for one undersized school Mahi we didn't even get a sniff.
    We were blessed with a small but persistent sailfish that came up on our squid teaser and I was able to get a ballyhoo up on him which he inhaled and the rest was history. Shan dispatched the sailfish after about a fifteen minute battle, a few pictures, then back in the water and safely released to grow up.
    We finished our day after a 10 mile run to the Cities Service Tanker wreck where we found the Amberjack more than willing to bend a rod. Another first for Shan and Dave and we returned to Port Canaveral on a flta calm ocean.

Final tally for the day:
1 Sailfish released
1 Mahi-Mahi released to grow up
3 Amberjack 45, 55, and 56 pounds

Our only Mahi-Mahi of the day small but beautiful in the water.

Shan bowed up on his first Sailfish!

Sailfish battle is almost over.

A quick picture and a very happy Shan!

Back in the water in seconds and the revival begins.

Pretty fish, lots of fun to catch and ready to grow up!

Shan bowed up on his Amberjack and pulling hard.

Shan with his first Amberjack, btw, he didn't want to catch another.

Dave's jumping Mahi, zoomed in.

Donnie's Amberjack

Dave and his first Amberjack

Dave, Donnie and Shan with today's catch!