A Mountain of Fish

A Mountain of Fish
Three P.M. Friday afternoon, Madeira Beach is under a sever storm warning. As we board the Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard's Marina, we can not help but wonder will this overnight trip produce, 'A Mountain of Fish,' or be a complete wash-out? Mr. Tim Fisher has traveled 1,000 miles looking for that 'Mountain.' Tammy is always glad to see Tim; we all are:
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Captain Bryon skillfully guides forty one excited anglers under John's Pass Bridge. Look at those cloud. This looks like a wet one:
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It's rough, really rough, and wet, but we are determined! Join me as we see if the 100 mile trip deep into the heart of the Gulf of Mexico is worth the ride:
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Before we hit the bunks I have a question for you. Can you identify these fish? (the bottom one is a vermilion snapper) But what about the top one? And what about the one Tim Fisher is holding? I know what they are; do you?
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Very early Saturday morning; let's see if the mangrove snapper are up yet. Mr. John Martin, a 'Regular' expertly prepares our bait of choice, big pilchers:
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John sure knows what he is doing:
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Hold on! Looks like the time spent preparing those pilchers just so was time very well spent. look at that mutton:
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Our man from Indiana is also an expert. Tim drove 1,000 miles to fish the Tuesday & Friday overnight trips. He won the AJ jack pot on Tuesday. Friday is also looking good:
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Tim is keeping Kyle (L) and Will busy:
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The mango bite is not real fast, but we are catching some really nice fish:
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Well! Our old sun is trying to make an appearance. The weather had calmed down nicely. Hope the fish are still hungry:
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Let's go see if we can find some AJ's. Remember, EDF's NOAA has 'proven' that they are near extinction. Now that looks good! Hope they are hungry:
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They are! And NOAA...well you know the story as well as I do:
Mr. Richard Difilippo, fishing out of Seffner, Florida, spot #21:
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Mr. Bryce Halaychick, what have you got yourself into now?
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Think that monster did a number on Bryce? Take a look 4:36 minutes into the video at the end of this report:
Bryce & Tim. what a team. 24_zps5f6c4105.jpg
Hey Tim, Bet they don't serve this back in the 'Land of the Indians.'
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Now you can say you have eaten a Tampa special, a Cuban sandwich:
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Watch Chef Tammy at work 6:45 minutes into the video)
Joining us today is Captain John McGettrick's ( second Captain) son, James. James is a senior at Florida State. He is graduating with a degree in media communications, speciality, sports reporting. Hey James, ever cover any FSU football games? "Bob, I will be reporting from the side lines the first game of the season." Talk about a dream job. Captain John, can your son fish? Well! Take a look:
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Now that's one proud Papa:
Tim is really admiring that cobia. Wonder if our man from Indiana could catch a fish that big?
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Looks like we are going to find out:
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Wonder NO more:
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We are joined by outboards. Properly managed, without catch shares, there is plenty for all:
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The two huge back fish boxes are filling up. Let's start on the front one:
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One of the most overlooked fish in the sea is the vermilion snapper. This deep water fish is extremely good eating and is very abundant:
Tim, that's a nice one:
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Mr. John Chung (R) is really proud of his son, Travis:
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Another overlooked fish is the porgy. No limits of any kind & they are also very good eating:
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Wayne is putting a good old Southern 'hurtin' on the snapper and scamp. I watched him catch two scamp and a mango on the same pin fish:
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The late evening mangrove snapper bite is strong. Snapper are coming in from one end of the Florida to the other & all points in between:
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Remember, AJ's have been moved to boxes two & three. Box one is full of mango & vermilion snapper:
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Well! that old sun has about had it; and so have we:
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Time to hit the hot showers, and enjoy a great dinner. Chef Tammy has gone Italian. That 'Jersey Girl' takes her lasagna seriously. She loves to cook, and we love to eat...what a combination! We are stuffed. Good eats, good friends, and 'A Mountain of Fish,' Time to hit the comfortable, cool, bunks.
Now that was one quick night.
Talk about a trip to remember. That big smile says it all:
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Mr. John Chung (L), and son Travis:
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Mr. Eddie Sumrall had a field day. Look at the size of that king:
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1,000 miles is a long way to drive just to go fishing, and eat Cuban sandwiches. Hey! this is not just fishing; this is fishing in the, 'Fishing Capitol of the world.' This is fishing for, 'A Mountain of Fish!'
Tim makes the trip so often he has joined the 'Regulars' Club. Any wonder why?
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Check out the action. (Click on the Youtube link)
A Mountain of Fish
Three P.M. Friday afternoon, Madeira Beach is under sever storm warning. As we board the Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard's Marina, we cant help but wonder will this overnight trip produce, 'A Mountain of Fish,' or be a complete wash-out? Mr. Tim Fisher has traveled 1,000 miles looking for that 'Mountain.' Tammy is always glad to see Tim; we all are:
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Captain Bryon skillfully guides forty one excited anglers under John's Pass Bridge. Look at those cloud. This looks like a wet one:
3_zpsefc06407.jpg
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It's rough, really rough, and wet. Will this thirty-nine hour trip result in, 'A Mountain of Fish,' or be a complete wash-out? Join me as we find out together:
4_zps95483b3b.jpg
Before we hit the bunks I have a question for you. Can you identify these fish? (the bottom one is a vermilion snapper) But what about the top one? And what about the one Tim Fisher is holding? I know what they are; do you?
5_zps4102faee.jpg
6_zps74a1ab15.jpg
Very early Saturday morning; let's see if the mangrove snapper are up yet. Mr. John Martin, a 'Regular' expertly prepares our bait of choice, big pilchers:
7_zpsd9e34abb.jpg
8_zpsb6c8bdfe.jpg
Looks likes John knows what he is doing:
9_zpse7eeeeaa.jpg
Hold on! Looks like the time spent preparing those pilchers just so was time very well spent. look at that mutton:
10_zps3b3f1ba0.jpg
Our man from Indiana is also an expert. Tim drove 1,000 miles to fish the Tuesday & Friday overnight trips. He won the AJ jack pot on Tuesday. Friday is also looking good:
11_zps3831b010.jpg
12_zps4a4e02fb.jpg
13_zps2ac69ba5.jpg
Tim is keeping Kyle (L) and Will busy:
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The mango bite is not real fast, but we are catching some really nice fish:
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16_zpsf4438b2e.jpg
Well! Our old sun is trying to make an appearance. Hope the fish are still hungry:
17_zpsd0eb2da2.jpg
Let's go see if we can find some AJ's. Remember, EDF's NOAA has 'proven' that they are near extinction. Now that looks good! Hope they are hungry:
18_zpsde08b3a6.jpg
They are! And NOAA...well you know the story as well as I do:
Mr. Richard Difilippo, fishing out of Seffner, Florida, spot #21:
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Bruce, what have you got yourself into now?
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Think that monster did a number on Bruce? Take a look 4:36 minutes into the video at the end of this report:
Bruce & Tim. what a team. 24_zps5f6c4105.jpg
Hey Tim, Bet they don't serve this back in the 'Land of the Indians.'
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27_zpsc787d8f3.jpg
Now you can say you have eaten a Tampa special, a Cuban sandwich:
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Watch Chef Tammy at work 6:45 minutes into the video)
Joining us today is Captain John McGettrick's ( second Captain) son, James. James is a senior at Florida State. He is graduating with a degree in media communications, speciality, sports reporting. Hey James, ever cover any FSU football games? "Bob, I will be reporting from the side lines the first game of the season. Talk about a dream job. Captain John, can your son fish? Well! Take a look:
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Now that's one proud Papa:
Tim is really admiring that cobia. Wonder if our man from Indiana could catch a fish that big?
29_zps111c7769.jpg
Looks like we are going to find out:
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Wonder NO more:
31_zps9211fc12.jpg
We are joined by outboards. Properly managed, without catch shares, there is plenty for all:
32_zps713e910b.jpg
The two huge back fish boxes are filling up. Let's start on the front one:
33_zps1a7825d1.jpg
One of the most overlooked fish in the sea is the vermilion snapper. This deep water fish is extremely good eating and is very abundant:
Tim, that's a nice one:
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35_zps77c5f32a.jpg
Mr. John Chung (R) is really proud of his son, Travis:
36_zps6daeb551.jpg
Another overlooked fish is the porgy. No limits of any kind & they are also very good eating:
37_zps4c06584a.jpg
Wayne is putting a good old Southern 'hurtin' on the snapper and scamp. I watched him catch two scamp and a mango on the same pin fish:
38_zps6115901d.jpg
39_zpsb3f8ab6f.jpg
The late evening mangrove snapper bite is strong. Snapper are coming in from one end of the Florida to the other & all points in between:
40_zpsc369e090.jpg
41_zpsb15ceee3.jpg
42_zps10347b59.jpg
Remember, AJ's have been moved to boxes two & three. Box one is full of mango & vermilion snapper:
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Well! that old sun has about had it, and so have we:
44_zpsac8e1301.jpg
Time to hit the hot showers, and enjoy a great dinner. Chef Tammy has gone Italian. That 'Jersey Girl' takes her lasagna seriously. She loves to cook, and we love to eat...what a combination! We are stuffed. Good eats, good friends, and 'A Mountain of Fish,' Time to hit the comfortable, cool, bunks.
Now that was one quick night.
Talk about a trip to remember. That big smile says it all:
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Mr. John Chung (L), and son Travis:
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Mr. Eddie Sumrall had a field day. Look at the size of that king:
47_zps26c34f31.jpg
1,000 miles is a long way to drive just to go fishing, and eat Cuban sandwiches. Hey! This is not just fishing; this is fishing in the, 'Fishing Capitol of the world.' This is fishing for, 'A Mountain of Fish!'
Tim makes the trip so often he has joined the 'Regulars' Club.

Any wonder why?
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Check out the action. (Click on the Youtube link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJLlMMsegWg&feature=youtu.be

Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association

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