Graduation Gift

My son graduated high school yesterday. I have accounts I started for all my children for a graduation gift. My son Jose wanted a small boat. I searched for months and purchased this 2008 Key Largo 1660 with a 50 hp Yamaha for a great price. It only had 20 hours on the motors and was in great shape. We gave it to him Tuesday afternoon.
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He umpires little league, so he had to work that night, so we took it out yesterday. He has been around boats his whole life and has driven mine plenty of times, but this is the 1st time he can go out by himself. I went with him but made him do all the work. It took him 3 tries to get it down the ramp to launch it. We go out of Homestead Bayfront to launch. We went to sands cut to pull on a few snappers to get used to the boat. It was windy and choppy I got wet as can be. We anchored in the cut closer to the Oceanside. Tide was going out and the current was ripping. He saw something chasing bait around the mangroves, so he was tossing his lure towards that. I free lined some squid in the chum slick. It only took 2 minutes to have 200 yards of line out. We were talking trash on who will get the 1st fish on the boat. It was me. I caught a nice Mutton snapper. He then put his pole down and starting flat lining with me. Few minute later he caught his 1st fish on his boat.
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We ended up with 5 keeper muttons, a large mangrove snapper and a monster grunt. We tossed back plenty of smaller mangroves and small grouper and I caught a big nurse shark at the end.
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All fish were caught with squid on a 1/0 hook with no leader on 20 lb test. On him pulling the boat out, it took him about 10 tries to get the trailer down the ramp straight. Here I am holding the camera to see if he slips on the ramp.
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From going out with me hundreds of times and seeing many people slip, he knew to hold on.

Replies

  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    Congrats! That ramp is slippery
  • non1994non1994 Posts: 147 Officer
    wow great gift. great 1st outting!!! enjoy tight lines, gin clear water, and oily hair..
  • tagtag Posts: 8,815 Admiral
    Nice grad gift!
  • sammy2189sammy2189 Posts: 998 Officer
    Nice.
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  • copout@castaways[email protected] Posts: 5,779 Admiral
    awesome!
  • HialeahAnglerHialeahAngler Posts: 9,612 Admiral
    **** sweet!
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  • lifegoesonlifegoeson Posts: 337 Officer
    Real nice starter boat, great for all around fishing. A way to help with the backing up is take him to homestead one day during the week and sit there and have him back it down the ramp a couple times, pick the ramp to have him back down so it's not just a straight shot, you can make it a little more difficult with some cones. It will help a lot when he wakes up late and has to deal with the 9am crowd.
  • TidesrightTidesright Posts: 75 Deckhand
    Very cool, that's an awesome graduation gift.
  • HumpinitHumpinit Posts: 199 Deckhand
    Nice gift. My 12 year old is one hell of an angler already. I hope I can afford another boat so I can give him mine someday.
  • fasttimesfasttimes Posts: 177 Deckhand
    What an awesome gift he will appreciate forever.

    Good to see the results of Sands Cut. We went idling through there last Friday with calm conditions. Outgoing tide and crystal clear water. Looked like an aquarium. I couldn't believe how many fish were in that cut as well as how deep those holes were in the center. Schools of snook, muttons, and clouds of mangroves. We were set up for offshore and didn't have the rods to really finesse the fish. We did anchor tied some light line to the end of our heavy spinners but only had some cut ballyhoo and the grunts were pecking it off our hooks. Besides the no-seeums were tearing us apart with that dead calm air.

    I'm going to have to go back and give it a try with some proper gear and bait though.
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