SOLDIERS ON THE WATER
On September 17th the annual Soldiers on the Water took place in Destin, FL. Last year I found out about this event and joined the annual celebration. This year I was glad to see two of my members back again for another day of fishing…they requested me again since they enjoyed the trip last year.
I had two of my friends join me to assist with the trip. Carol and Gary were both fantastic as they helped with baiting, making sandwiches and helping out.
The rain chance on this day was 90% but only supposed to be 1 ft seas. They were spot on for the rain but were off on the seas. The water was rough as we headed out. We were the first boat through the Destin Pass. As we motored out we saw the storms starting to surround. About 12 miles out the storms finally closed in on us and the rain poured! We only heard a little thunder…no lightening seen so we decided to stay out.
My guys caught snapper & triggers (had to return because of closed season) some ruby red lips (bait).
We fished most of the day but without anything we could put in our fish box. We slowly motored in and decided to try a few spots a few miles from the pass. With a last ditch effort Gary (Deckhand/co-captain) used his spinning reel and threw out a live bait. Instantly a very large king mackerel hit the bait. That fish ended up in the boat. He rebaited and threw the line in again. Instantly he got another hit! This fish was much larger but as he approached the boat he thrashed, went under the boat and pulled the hook out. Again another bait was thrown out and another hit. This fish made it to the box. We were slowly running out of time to be back in by the 3 PM deadline for weigh in. One last time to get our third angler his own King. Again the fish got right to the boat and pulled through.
Now for the winnings: Mike (who won last year for the most fish) turned in his 6.33 inch ruby red lip and won the certificate for the smallest fish caught. He was awarded a $100.00 Gift Certificate. He also came in second place for the biggest fish. His fish was short by only 3 lbs. (A miss is as good as a mile)
After the weigh in we were treated to a nice meal at the Fisherman’s Co Op as well as cocktails. What a great day!!!
I can hardly wait till next year!!!!
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