Caught Aboard the:
Mixed bag for buds Shannon, Jeff, Buddy,
Kyle and Jeff.
Today my fishing buddies were a group
of close friends from Orlando Shannon Brinkman Jeff Pellem, Jeff Gernand,
Buddy Coleman, And Kyle Deaton. The plan of the day was to bend as many
rods as possible and put together enough fish for everyone to take home
and have a couple of good meals.
Everyone met up at the house at 7:00 AM and of we went. First
stop was at Sunrise Marina for a little fuel and a few pinfish to use as
bottom bait. We then proceeded to Canaveral Bight where we were greeted
by a multitude of pelicans diving on the pogies and a school of pogies
so thick they blacked out my bottom machine. One toss of the net left us
grunting and groaning to lift the net over the gunnels and after I
dumped the net we were ankle deep in the critters. We quickly put what
we would need for the day in the live well and released the rest back
into the water.
Off to 8A we went and were greeted by our first fish within
minutes, a keeper cobe at about 40", a great way to start the day! The
bite was steady and we ended up with eight kings and two keeper Cobia
for our efforts at 8A. We then decided to move on to deeper water and
the Cities Service Tanker and went 0 for one when we pulled the hooks on
the only Amberjack bite we got. We then went to try our luck at bottom
fishing in 230' of water south of the Cities Service and had trouble
getting bait down to the bottom. Buddy hollered that a green and yellow
fish had jumped behind the boat so I quickly grabbed a spinning rod and
pitched out a livie and Buddy was into a decent Mahi of about 18 pounds.
We also were able to catch another smaller Mahi at the same time and by
then it was time for the return to the dock.
Another flat calm 32+ knot cruise home and a great day on the
water with a great bunch of guys. Man it doesn't get any better than
this, good people, good times and a mess if good eating fish to boot.
Final tally for the day:
8 Kingfish the largest about 20 pounds
2 Cobia for the table with another three tagged and released to grow up.
1 Barracuda for a quick picture and then back in the water.
2 or 3 Remora released to fight another day
Doing the Pogie pick up!
First fish of the day, first dinner
guest and Buddy's first Cobia.
A double header of kings for Jeff G.
Jeff G. with one of today's kings.
Come on over I'd like to invite you
home for dinner.
Shannon with another keeper cobe for
the ice box.
Another king comes to the gaff.
Another king for Kyle this time.
Tagged and ready for the release.
Jeff's short Cobe.
Dang, another one that gets a tag and
has to go back.
Buddy and his 18# Mahi
Today's crew all smiles and ready for
a fresh fish dinner.
(Pictured from left to right: Shannon, Buddy, Jeff G., Jeff P., and