Myself and the boys decided since the forecast was 5 kts 1 foot or less we would make a long run to a couple of AJ #s to at least attempt to put some meat in the box since gag season is closed. The crew for today was myself, dad, don, jim, and chris. We pushed away from she'll island fish camp at 730 Am into the pea soup in search of bait. After a 45 minute bait stop we had about 40 pins/pigs and were ready for business. Punched in the # and were headed south. Only problem was the visibility was about 200 feet. We had to slowly plug along at 20 mph barely staying on plane following a saved track the whole way out. It would have been a rather chilly ride but dads relatively new curtains surrounding the cockpit pulled the save. Once at the sea buoy we knew we wernt going 40 miles to the AJ hole . Damn weather people must be smokn some of that legalized Washington weed...it was blowing 15 knots outta the ESE with 2-4 footers stacked about 4 seconds apart. We went to plan B...Sea Bass. We hit a few shallow #s with limited success. Finally we said the he!! with it and pushed through the 3-4 foot swells 5 miles further south to the go to Sea Bass #. After about 30 minutes we had 15 nice sea bass and 15 grunts and lost a nice bull red. At this point it was about 1230 and we were out of sea bass spots. I turned to the crew and said we needed to find something to feed all this live bait too since we weren't gonna make it to the AJ grounds today. Don looked at us and replied, y'all really want to see a grown man cry, lmao !! And we were off to the gag honey hole we slayed em on 6 weeks ago. We knew they were outta season but still a ball to catch in shallow water. Upon arrival it was the same song and dance. First bait down into 23 foot gets smashed and after quite the tug-o-war I bring in a stud of a gag going a touch over 15 pounds! Over the next 30 minutes we land 7 more quality gags between 25-30"!!! After releasing the 5th or 6th one I think I saw a couple tears roll down dons eyes from behind those costas. Even pops was sick over it! We ended up throwing back 16 big fillets at 19.99 a pound at publix :smt010 After we were done playing with the gags we broke out the light rods again and we boxed another 15 quality sea bass and 25 more grunts for the crab traps. Don ended up catching our 8th woulda been keeper gag on his light spinning reel..25" gag :o All in all we had another he!! of a day but wish we coulda got to play with the reef donkeys -Tight Lines
8 keeper Gags to 15 pounds
30 Keeper Sea bass to 15"
55 grunts for the Stone Crab Traps
Lost a nice Bull Red
Me and the 15 pound stud
Don with a nice 27" Gag
Jim with a solid 25" brute
Don with his 25" Gag caught on a Redfish rod
A little Rum-N-Coke and fire to cap off the day....