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</TD><TD class="post-content alt-post-content" vAlign=top width="83%"><DIV class=post_inner id=body0>We had 20 people in the same group so 4 boats ran. None was done on my boat but I ran as a deckhand with Capt Troy on the Kingfish all 3 days.

The first day the only thing rolling was the seas. We were forced to go into a sheltered bay. we had been there in the last 2 weeks a couple of times and gotten all those lane snappers, white trout, croaker, trigger fish, sheepshead etc. In about 2 & 1/2 hours. With the front and rough seas the fish got lock jaw that day. We caught some fish but the cleaning table was light. As usual these guys gave us action and being in shallow water no venting had to be done.




Our best of the day was this redfish. The other boats had about the same. We had (some) to clean and only 1 of 20 even felt squeemish.




On the second day the temps were about 10 - 15 deg warmer, the seas were calm, and the fishing was hot. First stop we made bait and ran out a little further.



We quickly put a limit of amberjack in the boat.



Some of the boats were already at the tuna grounds and the bite was on.



And on.



And on.



As the day progressed we kept them comming in.



Dehydration was setting in so I had to not only deckhand but I had to be the waiter also.



With 130 - 150 class fish in the mix and running there was time for a refreshing drink as the reel was going the other way.

The inevidable was always a good sight.



Well desirved trophy!



Near the end of the day a very large Mako attacks the above tuna as we are fighting it. The tuna rockets about 6 feet out of the water and dives as the shark lunges and turns back looking for it. We get a shark line out with a side of bonito and soon he takes it. Unfortunatly he does not get the hook and lets it go after a short run. As an after thought this was good for us as it was late in the day and the mako was an 800 pound class one. It was the same size or bigger than the one 2 days ago. That one weighed in at 798. We may not have made it in before 10:00 pm or later.

The fish cleaning party was a bloody sight with 6 amberjack and 7 yellowfin for the day.



Day 3 was to get rough in the late afternoon. The weatherman lied, The front came early, and the tuna moved and the entire area was full on various sharks and thousands of kingfish.

We got bait and never attempted to get out to the tuna grounds because of all the bad reports. We concentrated on the amberjack and attempted to get a warsaw grouper. We got a limit of amberjack and then some. The grouper never showed and with conditions getting worse all of us headed in early. The highlite of the day was this MONSTER 30 pound class red snapper.


We got 3 of these but this was the biggest. All were vented and swam down instantly.



Our limit of amberjack still filled the coolers of the customers.

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Great reports ! Thanks landlocked for another few weeks they really help !
 
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