Caught Aboard the:
A full day offshore and a full fish box for
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 Red Snapper
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