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Panhandler80
06-12-2011, 09:22 AM
Pulled away from dock just a little after 5:00 am. Stopped at bait boat along with about a dozen other boats (having left 10 minutes earlier would have saved us probably 20 minutes), but still got bait quicker than catching it oursleves. Just imagine how much more money bait man could make if fishing was legal 365 days a year. :mad::mad:

Anyway, first spot was a wreck that I haven't fished in about 5 years. Approx 8 miles straight out. Used to hold B-I-G snapper and apparently nobody knew about it for a long time because it was reliable for several years for a few big snapper. Well, I now know why we quit hitting it up. We put divers on it and it was avery small wreck and not of the most substantial material. So, we pulled up yesterday morning and nada... it's gone. Circled and circled and never saw the first scratch.

Only other spots I have in that area we have already fished this year... so, I made the decision to make a 4 mile run to the west where I knew we could get our red snapper. This put us about 9 miles west of pass. Caught and killed our first 8 snapper and then made a 4 mile run to the west where we would target red grouper.

First spot we caught 1 keeper.

Next spot we caught 4, with the biggest being a 33" fish and I'd say about 18 pounds. I had two additional keepers all the way to the boat and the hooks pulled... so we should have had 7 for the day, but yours truly was having a hard time.

Was fishing a gamagatsu octopus hook with the eye bent over (meant for snelling). I, however, had just tied the hook on in a hurry... which actually rotates the circle hook the wrong way. MAYBE that had something to do with it, I don't know.

Best part of the tirp was that girlfriend caught 3 of the keepers all on her own and my other guest caught the big fish of the day.

Also released a king and caught a scamp. Wish I could have convinced myself and the other anglers to fish trigger rigs every now and then, but he snapper / grouper fishing was too good. Oh well.

Back in pass around noon.

Not a bad day for a bay boat... gotta love calm saturdays!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/downsizedvalgrouper.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/downsizedbiggroup.jpg

THe catch... all pics are cell phone, but of course this pic was with the sorriest cell phone of the bunch. Oh well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/downsized_0611111455.jpg

Beck
06-12-2011, 01:38 PM
Great report and a nice catch!

JoeFish
06-12-2011, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the pics and the read! Good to see people having fun on the water.

Robbr
06-12-2011, 04:16 PM
Thats a nice mess of fish PH. Those are some pretty groupers:R

atty551
06-13-2011, 11:57 AM
nice fish for Val...

Panhandler80
06-13-2011, 12:13 PM
Also caught some crabs on Sat and Sunday... Have been on a real crab binge lately.

Talk about endless possibilities: Grouper, Snapper Crab.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/crabgroupersnapper.jpg?t=1307980380

First weekend of crab catching this year it was 6 crab cakes (hamburger sized, now).

Next weekend was crab cakes Friday night, and then west indies for dinner on Monday.

Then last Sunday it was fried crab, crab cake appetizer, and then cream crab sauce over panko fried red grouper for dinner.

I think we're going back to crab cakes tonight. I sometimes forget about these little guys. Once you remember how to pick em, they really are worth it!

Some pics from the past few crab pickin sessions...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/crabs-2.jpg?t=1307981446

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/picked.jpg?t=1307981513

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/crabcakes.jpg?t=1307981566

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/crabcakesdone.jpg?t=1307981609

Robbr
06-13-2011, 12:27 PM
That's a damn fine looking meal right there. :R:

FL_Panhandler
06-13-2011, 04:18 PM
I would not be the catch & release fisherman that I am if I could cook like that! :R

SAENole
06-14-2011, 04:28 PM
I would fight a man for those crab cakes.

Panhandler80
06-14-2011, 05:07 PM
Made some more last night. They were the best yet. I have just about perfected it.

Made them slightly smaller. Also, for whatever reason, I have always cleaned my crabs, then boiled. The first few go rounds I did the crabs this way and made crab cakes that night.

This last time I boiled them whole while alive. Did 5 on Friday and 10 on Sunday. Left them in fridge whole until last night. Cleaned / picked / cooked last night. 10X more crab flavor. My theory is two fold... one, they got boiled with the fat in there, and two... they sat in the fridge and go just a little bit "fishy." They way I was doing it, well, it was almost like they were TOO fresh and not "crabby" enough.

That cook method, the recipe (I have gotten away from the measuring cups and have just been winging it) and keeping them a little bit smaller (more like crab cakes and less like crab burgers) so that they get good and crispy on the outside... those three things yielded some AMAZING ones last night.

Tonight it's curry snapper over rice.

2 lbs of snapper chunks went into a bowl last night with curry powder, black pepper, green onions and hopefully enough salt to toughen them up a bit.

When I get home they're going into the oil and butter, then the white onion goes in, then the seeded and fleshed scotch bonnet peppers (2), then the cocunut milk, then the lemon, then the simmer, then the cilantro!

Now I'm trying to decide what kind of beer to go with it.

Slough
06-14-2011, 05:30 PM
:R sounds like a great trip!!

Panhandler80
06-15-2011, 11:37 AM
Red Snapper Curry... you talk about good!

Monday night I cubed snapper and put curry, salt, pepper and green onions in bowl and left in fridge.

Last night everything else came together and it was great! Pretty darn easy, too! Just be careful when you're cutting the scotch bonnet peppers. I wore gloves! Used two hole ones in this dish and the heat was perfect. It might could have been just a TOUCH warmer, but any more than that and it might have gotten out of control. This was very well balanced and you were able to taste everything. Good.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/snappercurry.jpg?t=1308151932

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/snappercurry2.jpg?t=1308152056

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/snappercurry9.jpg?t=1308152108

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/snappercurry3.jpg?t=1308152156

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/Panhandler80/snappercurry4.jpg?t=1308152216

SAENole
06-15-2011, 12:16 PM
I just gained another 5 lbs by reading your update.

fishsticker
06-17-2011, 03:53 AM
I had some curry one time. It smelled like dog poo.

anglingarchitect
06-20-2011, 04:02 PM
Looks good! Sounds like you like to cook like me.

Just like shrimp, boil fresh with the heads on all the "savor" is in the heads!

ranaman
06-24-2011, 04:50 PM
Dagum that looks good PH80, nice job on the fishes too!

Afishy1
06-24-2011, 04:54 PM
VERY NICE

Triple Threat 33T
08-11-2011, 08:05 AM
Tight work! Great report and pictures. :beer

Hey don't forget to invite me over for dinner next time. :hungry

:USA