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Father-Son Overnighter 1/25-26 SLI

I took my older son Jack, 11 y/o, overnight on the boat Saturday with plans to fish offshore Sunday a.m. After preparations on par with a Bahamas crossing, we headed to a spoil island in the IRL (the one just south of BoyScout) and set anchor. Jack was eager to make a campfire (probably more so than to go fishing) so we waded the chilly water to shore. Before dark, we had collected enough firewood and got a nice flame going.

As we sat next to the campfire, feeding it as needed, we witnessed a tremendous sunset complemented by numerous flocks of wading birds flying overhead (white ibis and spoonbills). Jack had enough of pyromania and we headed back to the boat to start fishing.

The high tide had started to ebb and we quickly secured a venomous slam of catfish and atlantic stingrays. A little later, we got into a good bluefish bite and some fish were very respectable. We also had some entertainment as another family camping there ignited some fireworks.

Hunger finally set in and I fired up the Magna grill and threw on some burgers. We were satiated with food and fish catching and hit the shower only to discover that the water heater decided to break for our trip (it's always something). We passed out on the vberth watching Batman Begins on the iPad.

Daybreak was a terrific site and we guickly pulled anchor and headed offshore. We were greated with calm conditions and joined the traffic jam on a weedline around the 8 mile. I kept it simple with one naked-chin weighted hoo, one ilander hoo combo and a squid teaser down the middle. After sometime trolling and with a quiet radio, we decided to go deeper. Just before picking up, a big shark started working the weedline. I couldn't see its head but it's back and tail indicated a fish around 10 feet and likely a hammerhead. It was very cool to watch.

Out to and past The Hill without a knockdown around midmorning so I made the call to head west for some light tackle action (hopefully). We set up on the hook just outside the hectic crowd of recreational and commerial boats working the spanish schools. Quickly, we started hooking fish as fast as we could re-bait. The majority of the fish were blue runners (some of them quite large) with a sheepshead and several spanish thrown in. Fast action with good pullers on 10 lb spin is what the doctor ordered for an 11 y/o! He really had a blast.

After we had enough action, I pulled the hook and headed for the barn. All in all, it as a great time and we can't wait to go again.

BTW, I had a tendency to turn my nose up at spanish macs for table fare. On this trip, I bled them right away before icing. I cooked in cast iron pan with olive oil, crushed garlic and a hodge podge of seasoning and lemon juice on the filets. I served it will a side of mac'n'cheese and fruit. It was REALLY good!

Camera was acting up so pics are not good.

Another group sleeping in; they had a sat dish attached to a tree!!!

Great sunrise

Another group camping with kids

Live bait everywhere!
Cobia 296 F300s J & B
Hewes 18' RF Y130 Flatfoot


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