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.