Holy Mackerel

September 07, 2016 by E. Rogers

Trip Info

The Catch
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion)
Spanish Mackerel

The weather was supposed to be great….20% chance of rain with 1 ft seas.  We packed up and left the dock at 6:00 AM in hopes to buy bait from the bait boat.  Unfortunately the bait boat was no where to be seen.  We spent some time catching a few cigar minnows and I had already packed some frozen cigar minnows as well as squid.  Since Amberjack season trigger seasons did not open as planned on 8/1/16 we decided to try to go bottom fishing.  My angler were from Mississippi and were ready to catch some fish!

We went East to my favorite fishing spot.  Darren caught a really nice king mackerel when he dropped his bait into the water.  The fish gave him a fight but he was able to get the fish in the boat.  Gayle and Samona both caught red snapper.  Samona’s fish was the biggest and she was very proud of her catch.  We ended up tossing the fish back but he was having trouble going back down.  We ended up scooping him back up and vented him again and he finally went down.  Would have been a shame for kill that nice fish and then let the sharks eat it!!

Gayle line was really hot for the mingo/vermillion snapper.  She ended up catching the most fish.

Joe was the baiter and opted to watch the other people fish.  He was quick with jokes and had everyone laughing during the day.

While at the dock the baby sea turtle came up to get his daily supply of fish scraps.  Lots of picture were taken.  This baby has really grown since the beginning of summer!! (see pictures)

These anglers had a great time.  The fish were cleaned and taken to the captain’s home (they are staying at the captain’s bed and breakfast) where the fish were fried up and served with french fries and salad.  Joe was so exhausted from telling all the jokes and baiting the hooks that he almost fell asleep in his ice cream!!

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