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7/29/2009

A full day offshore and a full fish box for the
Belles family from Pennsylvania

    Today my fishing buddies were Paul and Lynn Belles and their sons Alan and John for a full day offshore. These folks were no strangers to charter fishing and shared their fishing stories from all over the country with me all day. That being said I definitely wanted to get them into some fish and bend a few rods.
    We made the usual run down the beach to get a live well full of pogies and found them about halfway between the steeple and PAFB. Since 8A has been so productive recently I reasoned that there was no good reason not to begin our day there. The action at 8A was not red hot but was steady and we were able to get our limit of ten Kingfish by about 11:00 and along with that we had two of the kings eaten by barracuda.  Dad got his revenge on the barracuda by catching the one that had been eating our kings. We quickly got him into the boat and snapped a picture and returned him to the water. I doubt that the barracuda learned a lesson and I expect him to continue to eat some of the kings we hook well into the summer. Paul also hooked and landed  about an eight pound Mahi-Mahi to add the fish box for dinner. We then went to the north to try to catch a few snapper ,but, unlike Monday the current was ripping at 1.7 knots making bottom fishing difficulty at best and we were able to only land one keeper Red Snapper. Youngest son John did keep his eyes open as I had asked earflier in the day and when Mr. Cobia swam up to the boat he let me know and I pitched him a pogie and handed the rod to John. After a short struggle on the spinning rod we invited the 34" Cobia home for dinner as well.
    The weather was beautiful all day and we cruised home at 30+ knots and I spent a little over and hour filleting the fish for my new found buddies. Another great day of deep sea fishing out of Port Canaveral and a bunch of great memories.

Final tally for the day:
10 Kingfish to 20#
1 Mahi-Mahi
1 Cobia
1 Red Snapper
1 Barracuda
A bunch of Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks released

John gets a 20# Kingfish.

Mom won't be outdone by the guys and gets a nice King for herself.

Alan get in on the Kingfish as well.

Paul adds a Mahi-Mahi to our collection for dinner.

Paul's nice Kingfish gets bitten in half by a hungry Barracuda

Paul teaches this Barracuda a lesson for eating his Kingfish.

John kept an eye out all day for a Cobia and hits pay dirt!

Today's crew with Kings, Cobia, Red Snapper, a Shark and a Mahi-Mahi.
(Pictured from left to right: Paul, Lynn, Alan and John Belles)

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