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Old 08-18-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Back in the office now, but last week we were in PARADISE!!! We've been doing familyget togethersnow for the last four years and this year I was in charge of finding the location. We'll I chose St. George Island. First off, I got a big family, just my dad's side, 20 people all together, so finding a place big enough is a big challenge. We got a killer beach house, Sand Castle in the gated Plantation area on St. George Island. Chose the area specifically due the quietness, private beach, the fishing in Apalachicola, oysters, and scalloping in St. Joe Bay.

It was my first time fishing in Apalachicola, but it didn't take long to locate several schools of reds. Over the course of the week I introduced half the family to site fishing for reds. Very different from here, much more cooperative fish. Almost all fish were either barely legal or barely over slot. From the whole week, the range of fish varied from 24in-30in. NOT ONE FISH UNDER 24IN THE WHOLE WEEK!!! Here's a couple of pics of the reds.







I ended up coordinating a trip over to ST. Joe Bay for some scalloping. It took about two hours to get close enough to our limit to decide to go home. Scalloping was GOOD!!! Getting two at a time on a dive and eyeing the next two I wanted to get.



Best part of the trip was I got to meet for the first time my new half sister Lindy. Just 27 years younger then her older brother. And 5 years younger then her neice, Madison, my daughter. My dad is 52 and going strong! I love my family and enjoyed our week in the Big Bend extremely much. If you've never been, got to check it out.



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Old 08-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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WOW Jimmy looks like you had a great vacation!!!!!! Awesome pictures
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att boy jimmy! looks like an awesome week man. :clap
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:53 PM   #4
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Nice loking fish, sounds like a great family trip. I really love that area though we usually tend to stay in the Cape San Blas area.
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very nice report and pics!!!!
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always wanted to try scalloping.....
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You would drown.. No you wouldn't, you'd rig some tarps, bunjies, and patio umbrellas to keep you afloatoke
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It was such a fun week and I'm still thinking about it. Here's some more pics.















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Nice fish, nice looking family, cool boat - you are a luck guy!
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Very nice! Thanks for the report.
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