Caught Aboard the:
Half day for Clayton Hooks, Justin and
Today my fishing buddies were Clayton
Hooks who lives and works in Orlando and Justin and Stephen Adams down
on vacation from Mississippi. Justin had never been deep sea fishing so
it was important that we get him into some action and also get some fish
for the table.
First thing as usual was to procure some
bait for slow trolling so we ran down the beach and found a school of pogies
in 28' of water off of Lorie Wilson park. After one toss of the net the
live well was loaded and we were on our way.
8A has been pretty consistent with the kings and the cobia in
recent weeks and for a half day trip it's the closest place to the port
where you can go that will put you into a position to catch some quality
The weather was overcast and drizzling rain early but
ended up beautiful and the fish were cooperative. We did get on cobia up
to the boat but he was obviously too small to keep and got off when the
rig got the landing net all tangled up. After we got our limit of
kingfish we ran to another location to see if we could find a legal
cobia but all we could manage were three Altlantic Sharpnose sharks
which are real hard on knives but, pretty tasty when properly prepared.
One of the kingfish we caught today had obviously had an
encounter with a fisherman in the past and it was probably commercial
hard gear that he had run into. His lower jaw had a compound fracture
and no teeth on one side but somehow he was able to survive until today.
From the condition of the fishes jaw I'm amazed tht he was able to
survive this long. Check out the pictures below
It was a great day of fishing with a great bunch of guys and Justin
hopefully had a good time on his first his first deep sea fishing
Final tally for the day:
8 Kingfish limit kept for the table
1 Cobia lost at the boat.
3 Sharpnose Sharks kept for the table.
1 Remora released
Justin and his first Kingfish
Clayton bowed up on a King Mackeral
and collecting some groceries.
Clayton with a nice king who's
invited to dinner tonight.
A good picture of a Remora showing
the suction cup
they use to hitch a ride on Sharks, Rays, Whales,...etc.
(Not usually kept for the table so he was released to fight
Stephen with his broken jawed
Hard to imagine that this fish has
been able to survive and grow!
Another nice Kingfish for Justin.
Working on a full fish box.
Justin likes to bloody up the decks.
Today's crew with their limit of
Kingfish and a few
Atlantic Sharpnose sharks for hors d'oeuvres.