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Offshore Homosassa - 9/26

My wife had a really bad heart attack 3 months ago and I've been pretty much stuck at home taking care of her. She is finally doing better and with a scheduled visit from Home Healthcare on Tuesday, I felt confident enough to take a day off to see what's happening offshore. So I grabbed Kyle and ran out to the old red grouper areas in 50-55 ft.

It was a really hot day with little wind, which kind of took a toll on my endurance and enthusiasm. The bite was slow with no keeper red grouper and the gags would not move away from the rocks, which is their typical summertime pattern. That led to more than a few cutoffs. But we managed 2 keeper gags between 26 and 29 inches on cut bait and 2 nice hogs on shrimp.

Red snapper are all over the place in 55' or more. Most are getting to be a really nice size and it was fun catching and releasing them on jigs.

It was really great to be back on the water. The day that my wife had the heart attack back in June, we were just leaving the river at the edge of cell phone range when she called me. I told her to call 911 and turned around right away. So I had a lot of anxiety being out of touch with her on the water again. But she was fine and probably glad to have me out of her hair for a day. I hope to get out more regularly once it cools down.


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