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Old 05-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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I left the Grady in the lift and fished on the Lady D out of Sportsman's with a buddy of mine and some of his company's customers from Birmingham. We cleared the slip at 8:30pm Friday and headed to the Pretonius where Capt Casey had gotten a report of blackfins and yellowfins being caught the day before.

Arrived at the Pretronius about 4:00am and there are already a few boats there jigging. With few anglers on deck we jigged up 5 or 6 blackfins. At daylight we started trolling and picked up a couple more, including a fat one, but no yellowfins.

We ran to a rig in shallower water for jacks and it was loaded. By this time we had more anglers up and it was not uncommon for 4 people to be bowed up with a big jack at once. Caught about a dozen and left them biting to do some deep dropping. On the run to deep drop spots we picked up a wahoo about 40 or 50 lbs. on a high speed lure.

Using electric reels we caught snowy grouper, yellow edge grouper, longtail bass, a tilefish, a scorpion fish (cooked it on the Egg in the cockpit - quite tasty), and some porgies. Some fine eating and we were all glad we were not cranking up fish from 650 feet of water.

Started trolling South toward the Ram-Powell and ultimately Horn Mountain and picked up a rip and weedline that ran for miles. We caught another smaller wahoo and a nice dolphin along this rip, and had a white marlin come up and bat the left rigger bait just after the dolphin hit. He did not come back so no love from the marlin. The rip looked great with a discernible color and a good bit of grass but only picked up another small dolphin and another blackfin from it.

Finally arrived at Horn Mountain about 2:30 or 3:00pm and it was surrounded by green water, but the yellowfins were blowing up all around. Baits were switched to all ballyhoos behind a small sea witch and the bite was on. Probably caught 10 or so yellowfins including one about 80 lbs. and one big one about 140. Due to problems with belts and harnesses not being adjusted properly, multiple anglers tagged out on the big yellowfin. I brought my own harness and was the last angler on the rod when it was brought to gaff. Fished live baits off a kite and picked up a couple more yellowfins and a big blackfin. Very cool to see them smash the live bait dangling on the surface from a kite.

At dark we set up for swords with no bites except for a blackfin that was hooked and lost on a jig. Lots of sleep for everyone.

Early morning we ran to the Beercan rig for the morning bite and I was the only one up and in the cockpit with the mate. In quick fashion we caught three yellowfins (one too small, the others about 40 lbs.) and a small wahoo (about 15 or 20 lbs.) and then the bite was off. Ran in to hit some rocks for scamp and beeliners on the way back to OB.

At the last couple of spots we picked up a number of scamp, beeliners, white snapper, almaco jacks, and some large red snapper and gags that were released. Finally ran to the barn, picking up another wahoo on the high speed lure, and hit the rocks about 3:00PM.

I have few pictures to show and don't know the final tally but alot of fish were caught. Capt Casey Price and his crew put us on some quality fish. This was my second time fishing on his boat and they work hard to catch fish.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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A couple more pics - the last one is of the total carnage.
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That is a great trip. Well done.
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Looks like a good trip for sure...
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That must have been one big fish box.
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One of the beauties of the big Resmondo's is the fishholding capacity - and the Lady D has an 800 lb per day ice maker. Here are the full fish boxes, plus a 170 qt Icey Tek.
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what a trip! Nice!
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Very Nice
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