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Old 06-17-2019, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Crossing off bucket list fish!!!

Left Joes bayou boat ramp yesterday around 5:45 am planning on do bottom fishing with live bait only all day.
Made bait very easy and quick, tons of bait by destin pass along another 100's boats, started heading SE and the 1 Foot seas was not quite accurate lol.
We did our 4 men limit really quick, with the bigger one being 25", got couple black snappers, almaco and 6 amberine, released lots of legal snappers smaller then 20" and few illegal groupers, i had finger mullet on the fly all the time, but no takers, saw bunch of bonitas posing on the surface and caught few for bait, around 11 we headed to the edge targeting groupers, we did caught few but no keepers, around 1 we hauled ass back in. Was little choppy and my trim tabs are not working so made it title bumpy ride. As we were passing few public spots i slow down to check my bottom machine, and one of them at 125' my Garmin lit up all the way and i gladly decided to try it, we were keeping same strategy, live bait only.
We were catching snappers left and right among few groupers and small ajs, as we were running out bait i dropped a mullet we still had, as soonest i dropped i felt a much heavier and solid hit and immediately put my reel on low speed in order to get the mystery fish off the structure which was successfully done, that fish was angry and really not giving up at all, i felt like was reeling up a tank, and that thing was a giant, once we started to see colors i could not tell what was until i saw that big mouth and said "goliath grouper" everybody was freaking out with the size of that fish, especially one of my mates (fist time ever fishing offshore), such of beatifull fish, one of my mates quickly took a picture, i think he was afraid the fish would take off, remove the hook of its mouth and jumped on the water while both of us recovery from our battle, our tug war lasted about 30 minutes, after couple minutes our giant shook its tail splashing water on my mates and swam down.
We are so blessed and always have more then we deserve, Its funny because in the same morning i was saying that i had jew fish on my bucket list and few hours later i crossed that off. Many times i had hooked up something that i could not handle, i am so glad i had spent money on some good tackle, it really paid back and still counting.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:15 PM   #2
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DANG!! Well done!
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Awesome job!


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Man, we caught one a few days ago. Must be moving North on us. Maybe they will eat the Lionfish.
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Awesome fish story and with the pic to make it a true one... LOL.

As many fish as I've seen just absolutely hammered by a shark at the side of the boat, last thing I'm doing is swimming with one.
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:52 PM   #6
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Awesome fish story and with the pic to make it a true one... LOL.

As many fish as I've seen just absolutely hammered by a shark at the side of the boat, last thing I'm doing is swimming with one.

Thank you guys

Lol I guess we are not really smart and got lucky twice then...




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Awesome fish story and with the pic to make it a true one... LOL.

As many fish as I've seen just absolutely hammered by a shark at the side of the boat, last thing I'm doing is swimming with one.
Damn straight on the shark deal. Had a giant after a mingo by the boat Saturday.
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Dang, I need to follow you around..... hahaha We went Sunday fer fathers day but only caught 1 keeper snapper that Logan threw back thinking we'd catch bigger and better but nope all shorties!!! Hit several numbers loaded with fish but had to be trigs cause all the way down you'd feel the bites...Caught several species and several tax men/women were paid off!!! Only brought home a white snap and a bo bo to add to the priors day sucky haul!!! Enjoyable day regardless!!!
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congrates on the jew fish,bucket list are getting ready to kick the bucket.

very ballsie entering water w/ that giant live bait.

I hope these jew fish stay south.

the FWC should have enough sense to understand the jew fish which is no longer endangered species is worst than the lion fish.

edit: retrieval at Joe's bayou is the FWC girl waiting for catch inspection?
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Dang, I need to follow you around..... hahaha We went Sunday fer fathers day but only caught 1 keeper snapper that Logan threw back thinking we'd catch bigger and better but nope all shorties!!! Hit several numbers loaded with fish but had to be trigs cause all the way down you'd feel the bites...Caught several species and several tax men/women were paid off!!! Only brought home a white snap and a bo bo to add to the priors day sucky haul!!! Enjoyable day regardless!!!


Jason we did check several public spot on the way out but no decent keepers, we slammed them at few spots around 22 miles SE, i dropped my bouy with a chum bag tied at the bottom and had another tied to the boat all the time while catching snappers, I also toss few chum balls around my bouy, seems to work very well, Sunday we had almost no current in the morning so drifting was the best way to go, as far as the chum you can buy or make it yourself, I always buy mine, another rip for bigger snapper is keep your bait suspended From the bottom, the bigger ones are not afraid to swim alone on the water Column and at the bottom is where the little ones hang normally, I had caught 20+# ARS in the fly line few times, but PM me we can figure something out maybe head out together as a buddy boat, good luck!


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