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Old 06-22-2011, 12:06 AM   #1
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WOW! Where to start??

I guess we can start with a bit of info that you should know by now! The Blue Water has gone south, way south! We can only hope that it will be back soon! With this going on and the fact that I blew a power head, well, this gives me a little time to post a report! Hope the Looney Tuna will be back in the water soon!!

The last two weeks have been a little strange! Some days we found fish, some days we didnt! About half of the days we didnt want to take the chance and decided to go load the boat with bottom fish! Red Snapper, tons of Mangrove snapper, cobia, triggerfish and grouper have all been on the menu!!

Over the last couple of weeks, one of the best if not the best day that I can think of was June 9th! We had Taylor Smith on the Looney Tuna! The day started a little slow! We were able to find very little bait! About to leave the first spot, tell Aaron to put the spread out, going to troll over to the other spot! About halfway there the flat line goes off and a White Marlin jumps at the other end! Fish On!! Clear the lines and start the fight! This fish came up and nailed a Makaira Pulling Lure. We had the fish boat side in no time and were on our way! Next spot, find a couple more baits, put them out and in no time we have a good tuna on! Got the fish under the boat, see the fish bleeding then pull the hook, I guess it was gut hooked! Put baits back out, Nothing! Make a run to a new spot, pull the baits, hook a dolphin! Put live baits out, hook a tuna, then a dolphin, then a tuna, then 2 dolphin then another tuna! WOW!! Ended the day 2 for 4 on tuna, one 91 pounds the other 95 pounds, 5 dolphin and one white marlin! I will take that anytime!! Great job crew!!

I wish I could say all days have been like that but it hasnt! We have had a few more tuna but have really focused on the bottom fish! Most people, even the die hard tuna guys have had a blast catching the mangrove and red snapper! Throw a few cobia in the mix and you have a good day! On the days where we are bottom fishing it takes two carts to unload all of the fish! Most days we will have 40-60 mangrove snapper, our limit of red snapper, a few cobia, a few triggerfish and maybe a couple of grouper! For most people that beats a 3 hour boat ride and then pray for a couple of tuna! The tuna will be back, no doubt but right now, do what makes sense, go catch fish!!

Capt Josh Howard
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