Trip 6/20/13 Offshore With young lady in the miltary first time offshore for her.

Had the privilege of fishing with Brooke and her dad Keith she just finished basic and is going to her first posting..We wanted to get an early start target grouper. At the boat by 6am Tight loops boat would be our ship for this trip. I put in the numbers on his GPS for our first stop. As we were at his boat we could see and hear the thunder and lightning in the gulf in the south west the exact direction we were heading. My hopes it would be heading away from us WRONG!! As we were heading out the front was moving closer I decided to detour the Edison drop a line and see what the weather was going to give us. Drift was really fast because of the wind six to 8oz to even get close to the bottom Brooke in no time was pulling fish over the gunnels including a stone crab.Wind waves, dark, clouds Brooke never flinched. We could see a slight clearing in the clouds so we made the run it was a wet one to be sure.
Arrived at the first number dropped in our lines still 3 to 4s drift was fast porgys,grunts,lanes and red shorts were caught. seas were laying down a little I put in another and made a move. Here are some images.
Brooke gets hammered on a white jig head Tight Loops put on for her then rushes to help her. It was fun to watch.
26 Inch red fire truck.:USA

I got lucky also Brooke and I posing
Brooke and Dad with his catch.

Started to hear thunder and more weather moving in on us. Decide not to push our luck,we headed in early
All this on a full moon.


  • offthehook!offthehook! Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Great job!
  • FinsfanFinsfan Posts: 604 Officer
    Very nice, awesome reds. What depth were you guys in?
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,466 Moderator
    We never got past our 63 ft. numbers. Plan was to run out to the 70ft range. OH well next time.
  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 Officer
    Those first two pics crack me up! She's gettin' after that thing!
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,353 Admiral
    What depth were you at?
    See you tomorrow if we don't get rained out.
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,061 Officer
    nice go'n
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • Tight LoopsTight Loops Posts: 205 Officer
    They are funny pictures. That fish bent her rod over the rail and I was afraid it was going to rock her up on the bottom. She could not get a turn on the reel so "we" lifted it off the bottom to give her a fighting chance. 26 1/2 inch firetruck gave her the big fish of the day.
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,061 Officer
    nice to see you out there loops! hopefully I'll be going soon
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • SCFD rtrd.SCFD rtrd. Posts: 1,369 Officer
    Good deal Larry, really nice pics.
  • Bob & WeaveBob & Weave Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Nice fish!! I'm new to the west coast and will be rigging up for that kind of fishing. What rods and reels are you Westies using?
  • FinsfanFinsfan Posts: 604 Officer
    Standard bottom fishing rig. Medium sized conventional reel, that looks like a Penn Squall maybe? We have one set up with a star conventional rod and it works really well. Though I prefer a beefy spinner on a heavy jigging rod. You need heavy drag and a beefy rod to get the big grouper off of the bottom.
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,466 Moderator
  • Salt LifeSalt Life Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    Nice job Brooke, and thanks...:USA:USA
  • frankiezfrankiez Posts: 389 Deckhand
    Great job Brooke. God bless you for your choice to help defend this great country. We can all sleep better at night knowing there are wonderful young men and women such as yourself. May god watch over you wherever you go. I salute you! :-)
  • RizanglerRizangler Posts: 147 Deckhand
    Very nice! Good luck Brook.
    20' Blue Wave
    12' Hobie Outback
    13' Native Slayer Propel
  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 553 Officer
    Looks like a great time. Funny how the one storm in the area always hovers right above the numbers you want to fish. 33 Ft World Cat Tournament Edition Catamaran
    Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral

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