Caught Aboard the:
New York vs. New Jersey challenge with
the "Fired Up"
Today my fishing buddies were three
fellows from New Jersey; Marty, John and James aboard the Goin Off and
another three guys from New York; Ron Mike and Meli fishing aboard the "Fired
Up" with Capt. Chris Cameron. All of them were visiting
Orlando attending a conference and it was Chris that booked our little
braggin' rights tournament. We all met up at Bluepoints marina at 7:00
AM, loaded up the soft drinks and beer and off to the fishing
grounds at 8A we went.
The weather when we departed was just beautiful with clear
skies, light wind and calm seas. Little did we know that before the end
of the day we were going to finish our day of fishing with and adventure
going through the "perfect storm".
We both started our day as usual getting a net full of pogies
obtained right across the ship channel in the port in the cruise
terminal basin. Chris an I had both decided that since 8A had been
pretty productive in recent days that it would be there where we would
start our day of fishing. The bite was slow but steady and both boats
were able to catch a nice mess of kingfish and we were rewarded on
the Goin Off with a bonus, keeper Cobia.
Around 3:00 PM we noticed a few thunderheads brewing well
inland over Orlando so I fired up the radar and took a look and what
seemed to be a typical afternoon thunder pumper we are so accustomed to
dealing with here in east central Florida. Unfortunately, it wasn't
until I took a look again at 3:30 PM and then listened to NOAA weather
radio that we were dealing with an unusually fast moving, severe storm
and by then we had it was too late to get to the port before the storm
This wasn't my first rodeo when it comes to afternoon
thunderstorms, but lets just say that this one had all the ingredients
to turn a really fun day of fishing into a serious situation. The "Goin
Off" and the "Fired
Up" are tough, very seaworthy vessels and although we can't do
anything about the lightening, they are perfectly capable of handling
the wind, seas, rain and hail this storm threw at us. The storm hit
about nine miles out of the port and later that evening I did a little
research and found that the data buoys recorded winds in excess of 60
knots and seas that went from nearly flat calm to four feet plus with a
four second wave period. We also had quarter sized hail for about ten
minutes as we punched our way in.
Apart from the excitement of the extreme weather in the last half
our advdnture and the ocean that looked like something out of the
"Deadliest Catch" we had a great time caught a bunch of fish and have
some memories that wil last a lifetime.
Final tally for both boats for the day:
4 Mahi-Mahi to twenty pounds
1 Cobia about 25 pounds
today, the guys from NY aboard the fired up!
Marty's bowed up and having fun.
John gets a bailer Mahi-Mahi.
An follows with another Kingfish.
This is fun!
James get a Kingfish!
This Cobia is a keeper!
Marty gets his first Cobia!
Last minute Mahi-Mahi, storm's a brewin,
lets run for home.
Home is where the bow is pointed, a nasty
storm, nine miles out.
Almost in now, lightning, rain, 60 knot
4' seas and quarter sized hail await, NO PROBLEM!
Our competition safe and sound after
Today's Competition Crew, Wet but happy!