I'd been under the weather for 3 days this past weekend...:sick.... so I didn't get to enjoy a whole lot of the beautiful sunshine we were blessed with.....:reallycrying..... BUT Sunday rolled around and I couldn't stand being on the couch for one more minute. Mike promised me a day on the water to help me feel better, and though I woke up at 3am Sunday still feeling a little "iffy"- fresh air turned out to be just the thing.
We loaded up and met some good friends at Galvez at 6am. Roger has been Mike's friend for quite some time, and does all the lettering and canvas on the [email protected]
. Roger's 12-year-old son Brandon joined us for the day.
Sunrise saw us passing under the Baars bridge and behind Johnson's Beach..... red skies at dawn...
We stopped at a spot close to shore so that Brandon and I could double-team on sabikis for pinfish, and then I took the helm out into the bay..... a little sporty but not too bad at that point! Looking out into the Pass, however, and spotting the wrinkly horizon, we decided to keep our noses within the boundary of the bay and not beat ourselves up too badly.
First spot- chum in the water and we put a few in the box, but the bite wasn't spectacular. Roger did manage the first flounder of the day:
Brandon and I both put a couple of gray snapper on ice, and then the bite slowed to almost NADA. The current at that spot had begun to slow, so we picked up and moved to our second hole..... chum down, and the bite was ON.
Brandon shows how to bow up on gray snapper with ultralight tackle (and we taught him the correct way to wear his visor!! LOL)
He hooked into gray after gray, and the whole team put some meat in the fishbox. We found variety here too- a couple of red snapper (one keeper and 2 that were JUST short), a couple of Atlantic Sharpnose sharks- both small and both female so both were admired and returned to the bay. I brought in a first for me- a KEEPER scamp from the bay! We saw soapfish come to the boat, and a huge porcupine puffer curious about the chum slick, schools of spadefish, and I caught a purplemouth moray here! If he hadn't self-released, he'd have gone on display at UWF.
Roger and his boy just enjoying the day:
And then we hit the flounder again..... fish after fish... all we cared to clean. We left the fish biting at exactly 11:39, and hit the dock around noon. The camaraderie was awesome as usual, and what fun to see Brandon grinning ear to ear as he landed his dinner and spent time with his Dad. Mike and I were glad to have them on board, and the day out was exactly what I needed to get over the "bug"! The wind was certainly howling, and didn't let up, but we had not only a box of fish to show for the trip, but great memories too.
Some dock pix:
Brandon caught the biggest gray snapper (the photo doesn't do it justice!!)
A FAT flounder!!!
Roger & his boy with the catch:
Me and Mike and the catch:
And the grand total for the day.... 11 flounder, 12 gray snapper, 1 red snapper, 1 scamp (and a few of the blue runner we caught- these will feed my research fish)