First time fish for Keith!
Great charter this am. We had Mark Anthony and his cousin Keith from Winthrop on the boat. With the light tackle inshore bite having been slow, the plan was to live line macks in deep water. We launched at false dawn and ran to an inshore location to get bait. The area was loaded, with little pressure bait was thick. Most of the baits were small tinker macks but we managed several larger ones. The larger baits usually troll better! It was Keiths first time making bait and he… learned quickly how to load up! Using some intel I got on the water, we ran north about 7miles. The bite had been good in 30-40 feet of water on a beach front the day prior. Upon arrival we started to live line and noticed quite a bit of bait on the sounder. As soon as we hit the forty foot line Keith’s rods was almost pulled from his hands. This was a big fish bite! He had been thumbing the spool way to hard and the fish ripped the larger mack off the hook. Ten seconds later Marks rod doubled over. Fish on! After quick fight a frisky 27 inch fish came boat side. The fish came in hooked deep but after a little CPR it swam free. Things started to slow down after that, with the tide slacking out we ran to a light tackle spot I know and pick up another schoolie and had several other follows. With the wind starting to gust above 25mph I made the call to move into shore. We picked up a nice 27 inch fish for Keith on our way back in. He was very happy and fought the fish like a pro through a mooring field. Over all it was a slow day and made plans to have the two out again when the light tackle bite picked up. With the weather worsening I made the call to cancel the afternoon charter and reschedule it. Safety is always my #1 concern! Looking forward to my next trip with these guys!
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