Caught Aboard the:
Summertime Snapper, Grouper, and Cobia
for me and my buddies
Today my fishing buddies were Mason
Williams, Donnie Poston and Buck Buchanan for a day of my best buddies
and I fishing together which is something we haven't had a chance to do
for a while. The plan for today was to go bottom fishing and put some of
the nearly extinct Atlantic Red Snapper in the freezer before the
fisheries managers at the NMFS implement yet another unsubstantiated
amendment. It's amazing to me that the folks tasked with managing our
fisheries can be so out of touch with the state of a fishery and that
they can implement rules that will damage so many people who depend on
the fishery and still not get the job done. Maybe some day the federal
government will do the necessary research and appoint folks to the panel
that will do the right thing and make good decisions on "current"
science without prejudice due to affiliation.
Anyway enough of the soap box and back to the fishing. We
procured our bait fairly easily off of Lorie Wilson park and took off to
the north and somewhere well up north in the area where I do pretty much
all of my bottom fishing we were able to catch seven pretty healthy
specimens of the endangered species. We also had the first of the two
cobes swim up to the boat and Donnie fed him a jig. The fish pretty much
had its way with Donnie until he finally finished milking it and brought
it along side. I was more than happy to sink the iron and add the fish
to our collection. Mason managed to catch a 28" Gag to keep his wife
Mary happy upon or return to the dock, Mary has a taste for grouper and
between now and the end of the year we're going to have to stock our
freezers due to another less than necessary decision by NMFS. Personally
I hate frozen fish and will eat it only if I'm forced to.
Buck kept out a flat line most of the day and we added a few
sharks to our tally which were released, a Barracuda which will be
turned into other deep water species of bottom fish at some time in the
We ran out of the livies that the snapper were chewing so we
departed for Port Canaveral and enjoyed a
smooth ride home. I spotted a free swimming cobe as we were tooling
along at 30+ knots and quickly spun back around and we added him to our
collection. A fish box box full of snapper, grouper and Cobia made for a
great day and a some more great memories. I also particularly enjoyed
having someone to help with the filleting of the fish and cleaning up
the boat for a change.
Final tally for the day:
7 Red Snapper
1 28" Gag Grouper for Mary.
4 Trophy Sea Bass (Ha,Ha) with a bunch released
A bunch of Atlantic Sharpnose released
My buds on a beautiful day with a few
of the "endangered" species.
Our real trophy fish the "Sea Bass"
one of our crew insisted on keeping.
My buds and I with summertime Atlantic
Grouper, Cobia, and a bunch of smiles.
(Left to right: Buck Buchanan, Yours Truly, Mason Williams,
and Donnie Poston)