Sat was perfect example of why a 23 ft boat owner should learn to pick their days.
I let the facts of missing the last year's previous bull dolphin ruin and cloud my thinking. I used burnt force to get the little ReefRocket to East side of the Elton Bottom.
We were safe, but it was tuff on driving in that slop. No zoom, zoom at all. We started pulling ballyhoo a bit early because of the fishy signs and we did get some early short strikes at 125 ft. We just trolled on out and some unknown bait swippers raided the baits on the ledge, but not a clicker went off. Out to 350 and back. Heard the bill chasers out deep, but we basically stayed at the ledge. Came back inside with the weed. Fought the weeds and picked up a wahoo and dolphin to save the skunk.
Went to leave and one engine had stopped running and we hadn't even noticed. The gas bulb had worn a hole it. We were creative and remade one. I hailed for Eton Bottom fishermen and a fellow fisherman brought us a bulb on his Fountain. Will post his name later. Even New bulb didn't help.
With seatow on a alert, we limpped on in 50 miles. Unpaking boat around 1 am. Stepped out of the shower at 2 am. I had gotten at 230 to ready the boat! Yikes.
Will add the good samaratons name later when crewmember returns text. The good samaration on the Fountain was , Freddie or Fraddle Fence. This guy drove a good ways out of his way to bring a replacement bulb to us. I will replace the bulb and offer lunch or steak for you and your wife.
I did get a few returns on my radio when hailing for the Elton Bottom area. Thanks to all and my hats off to the Fountain crew that drove out to find us to try to help.