Caught Aboard the:
A half day for for Mike, Terri and Alex Abrams
Today my fishing buddies were Mike,
Terri and Alex Abrams and Nathan Kendall. Mike and Terri are no
strangers to the Goin Off since it has almost been a year since they
last went offshore with me for a little fun and fishing. This was Alex
and Nathans first venture into the world of offshore fishing and Mike
and Terri were really hopeful that we would be able to get into some
Went down the beach and although they weren't really obvious
there were pogies to be had and I saw some boats milling about on the
beach between the port and the pier but upon my arrival it was obvious
to me that they weren't having much luck. Got lucky and saw a few of
them flip just for a few seconds and I quickly zeroed in on the pogies
right in the middle of the bunch of boats. One toss of the net bagged a
net full for us and I was able to provide a number of the other boats a
well full of pogies as well. I always help out others when I can since I
believe in karma and as you'll see it paid off for the Abrams clan.
Since 8A is close to the port and it has been pretty
consistent lately we headed our way there and joined the rest of the
fleet. The bite was not red hot but consistent and we caught more than
enough fish to throw on heck of a fish fry with plenty left for the
A couple of tips I might offer for everyone that fishes this
area are to find pogies sometimes you won't find the pelicans diving
vigorously nor will they be flipping at the surface. If you see
pelican(s) dive repeatedly in a general area or, there are pelicans
sitting on the water in an area it is highly likely that there is bait
(pogies) around. Now to find them you need to use your depth sounder to
locate them and then throw your net when they are showing up on the
screen. Another tip that paid off today is to keep a spinning rod with a
hook ready (I use a 10/0 circle hook) for quick use when Mr. Cobia shows
up in your prop wash. When he shows up and one day he will you'll be
ready to quickly hook on a pogie and hand feed him. Happens all the time
and in today's case twice, and one of the two that swam up today while
we were slow trolling were keepers.
Finished up the day with a 32 knot cruise back to the port
with a fish box full of tasty critters, some great memories and another
couple of guys hooked on offshore fishing.
Final tally for the day:
4 Cobia Three Keepers and one released to grow up.
3 Barracuda released.
1 Remora released.
Nathan gets his first Cobia, 26",
back in the water to grow up.
Nathan gets a barracuda and Alex his
Nathan gets another Cobia and this
time it's a keeper.,
Terri gets in on the action and
catches a Kingfish
Mike bags his first Cobia the biggest
Alex finishes off our half day with
his first Cobia.
The Abrams Family
(Pictured from left to right: Nathan, Alex, Terri, and Mike)