We went Tuesday January 20 on an offshore deep drop trip. Beautiful day, the wind and waves calmed down and there was almost zero current. Perfect day for deep dropping. we fished in 350 to 500 feet and caught a mixed bag on vermillion snappers, snowy grouper, almaco jacks and one red snapper that must have been lost. Jon manned the electric real and did a great job getting fish to the boat.
Whats up with the weather? It has been blowing 20-25 for days. Enough already.
Sunday was an awesome surprise. I was spending the day doing boat cleaning when several old friends dropped by. I really wasn’t planning on getting out on the water but when a friend says his Significant Other has never been out on the ocean, let alone on a boat bigger than 14 ft, I said “lets go for a ride”. One of the guys went to pick up Cindy (wife) and the other went to get some drinks. Jenny, my friends GF, was fascinated by the manatees in the canal. I took them down the ICW to a great place to watch the sunset. We got escorted most of the way by the local pod of dolphins, another first for Jenny. The clouds parted and gave us a beautiful Fl Keys sunset.
A couple weeks ago we made a 3 day trip south ( 65 miles south). I took Jon and his friend Jordan as payback for work they did for me around the house. We had a sporty ride going and coming but once we got on our spots, the fish and lobster cooperated. We left Islamarade on Friday morning and arrived just after noon. We trolled the entire way down and back to save fuel. We found a few schooly Dolphin and one baby Cuda in 3000 feet that was apparently lost. the Boys spent the afternoon catching some Yellow tail for dinner. Jon did a great job on the grill. In the morning, we hit some big rocks and the two boys came up with a bag full of big lobster. All were between 3 and 7 lbs. After lunch, we concentrated on Snapper and Grouper. We went through 2 cases of chum but ended up with some flag Yellowtails and oversize Strawberry Grouper. We finished the day deep dropping for Yellow Eye snapper along the edge of the reef. Saturday nights dinner was amazing, Grilled Lobster and asparagus. The ride home on Sunday seemed to take forever. we plowed through 4-6 foot seas and went from one thunder storm to another. Thank god for an auto-pilot. Jon and Jordan slept nearly the entire ride home leaving me to stand watch, not a lot of fun. We tied up to the dock at about 2pm and I left them to fillet the fish and clean up the boat. Awesome weekend!
We spent the last 3 days on the water with Walter and Sandra Scott and Andy and Cheryl Williams from Mississippi. We found plenty of Lobster, Hogfish and Snapper for them to feast on at the local restaurants. Saturday and Sunday were flat calm with 40-50 foot visibility in 35-60 feet. In spite of the rain showers on Monday, we had great diving.
What a great holiday weekend. The wind has been howling so today was “set up the web page day”. Cindy was an amazing help. Last week we took the windlass out for service and they tell me it will be finished this week. Once its back in we will be ready for sea in all respects.