Caught Aboard the:
A day of fishing for Cocoa family Curtis, Brenda,
Megan, and Logan and Megan's friend Danielle.
Today my fishing buddies were a
wonderful family from Cocoa who brought their long time friend Danielle
for a day of fishing and companionship before best friends Megan and
Danielle have to leave town to get back to their college education. The
target today was to have a little fun in the sun and put together enough
fish for a cook out and possibly a little to be carted back to college.
After departing from my home here in Cocoa Beach we
stopped at Sunrise Marina to top off the fuel tank and give the ladies
one last chance at a civilized restroom facility. We then did the
customary run down the beach for pogies and found plenty of them, that's
the good news, the bad news was that they were all the way down to the
north end of Patrick Air Force Base. Although it's a long run down there
from the port I was pleasantly surprised to see that it only added one
nautical mile to the run to 8A reef. Fishing at 8A started with a double
header and then shut off pretty much as quickly as it had started. We
fished until about 11:30 and were able to bag six Kings with Logan's
being the largest at about 25 pounds. We caught a bunch of Atlantic
Sharpnose sharks which were released and one of them gave Brenda a
particularly long battle and all the time we were hoping that she had
hooked a Cobia. As it turned out the shark was foul hooked in the caudal
fin near his claspers and this allowed him to pull really hard and when
Brenda did start pulling him our direction he'd be sideways and really
hard to pull in. This actually allowed me to sit down on the job for a
while and get is a little good natured heckling.
We then made the run north towards Ponce for a little bottom
bumpin' and were able to catch four keeper snapper, a few more sharks.
Both Megan and Danielle caught their first Cobia when three Cobia swam
up to the boat. Unfortunately the the largest of the two Cobia was still
a half inch short and both fish were released unharmed.
Curtis forgot to tell me that he had a meeting that he had to
attend at 6:30 PM in Merritt Island and we were having such a good time
catching fish that I decided to stay a little longer than usual. We
arrived back at the dock at about 6:20 PM so Megan and Curtis took off
and weren't able to get in the picture at the dock.
The weather was again beautiful until the ride home when the
sea breeze kicked it up a little and we caught a little spray. Everyone
had a great time and we caught a bunch of fish and I was the lucky one
who got to share the day with these fine folks.
Final tally for the day:
6 Kingfish with the largest weighing around 25#
2 short Cobia with a quick picture and then released to grow up.
4 Keeper Red Snapper with 5 others released to grow up
Some short Sea Bass released
A bunch of Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks released
Danielle with a bent rod and a smile
on her face!
A nice sized King like this will
bring on a smile any time!
Megan's bowed up and all smiles!
Another nice King and this time Megan
takes care of business.
Mom Brenda is bowed up on the mystery
Mom gets some help from Logan with
the mystery fish.
I get a break and offer some good
heckling while Brenda fights the mystery fish.
And the mystery fish is a shark,
bummer we all wanted a Cobia!
Curtis gets another shark and then
back in the water he goes.
Logan is in to a nice one.
Logan catches a really nice Kingfish!
Danielle gets the first keeper snapper
of the day.
Curtis gets a keeper Snapper for the
Capt. John adds a keeper to the box.
Megan's first Cobia unfortunately
it's too small to keep
Danny get a Cobia also but it's still
a half inch short.
Most of today's
happy family with their catch.
(Pictured from left to right: Brenda, Logan and Danielle)
(Missing: Curtis and Megan)