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Old 03-25-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Launched in Destin in medium surf with Yakntat and Ginzu at about 6:30. Got real wet going out, but nothing worse than that. Couldn't get bait to bite, might still be a week or two too early to expect them to be there when we need it.

On the way to the first spot, yakntat and ginzu both lose a king or spanish each I believe, but I never got any love until we get to the spot.

First bait down and I get nailed. First fish on my replacement trevala rod and its a nearly 30 inch red snapper that has never missed a meal. This guy was a fatty. Ginzu will provide better pics later. I nearly lost this fish as it got into the reef, but after 5 minutes or so and some patience, I pulled it out. We moved on and I hooked up on a grouper right away. 15 minutes later I get another much bigger one (27") and he goes into the reef as well. It was hard to stop him, but I managed to pull him out also. Two personal bests and its not even 9am yet.

Forty minutes go by and I'm on my last big bait. Need to make it count so I pull up a 24" snapper. I think Yakntat and Ginzu are about to quit and go home at this point, but they manage a snapper here and there to keep their spirits up. Later on Ginzu and I both added another grouper to the tally, while yakntat pulled up a healthy 24" snapper of his own.

I had one king bite-off and one shark sleigh ride before we moved on again. Not much happening in the last area. Few small snapper, rubylips and a big white snapper or something similar to end the day.

Yakntat left early and snatched a decent spanish on his way.

Overall, a great day, great conditions, but pretty windy and salty at times. Enjoying a cold one and going to take the day off tomorrow. Doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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you guys killed it today. to bad they all had to come back down. stupid regs
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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Awesome day. Maybe you can find those grouper next Sunday
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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Awesome day. Maybe you can find those grouper next Sunday
Next Sunday?
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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Next Sunday?
Grouper opens back up April 1st but I think gags are still closed until june or july. I don't really know as they keep changing it all the time.

Great fish by the way. We were almost put into 5th place and this weekend we shot on by and are comfortably in 3rd now.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #6
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Nice fish guys. Sorry our government sponsors those that tell you what you can keep, and what you can feed to the marine mammals. My forefathers would puke.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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I just read the change on Gag. They aren't open till July 1st. Guess we will have to keep catching those endangered Snapper.

I wasn't going to post these, but what the hell. When I got home and loaded them I discovered that all the pics were bad due to the saltwater smudge on the lens. I thought it was from the glare of the sun. Anyway, it was a good day for all, some more than others. I was just happy to be back on the water after being stuck in Virginia for 2 weeks reading about all the fish that had shown up right after I left. Tight lines.









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I was thinking gags opened sun as well but I guess it's just black reds and scamp. Awesome catch anyway
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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great job guys! ill have to make the trip next time with you guys. been too long since weve fished.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #10
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Could've been a good dinner some other time of year. That's a pig of a snapper.
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