My sons had a baseball game this morning so afterwards I asked them if they wanted to go fishing for a few hours and they all started jumping up and down saying yes, so I loaded the boat and broke the inlet by the crack of 2pm. My normal crew of 3 sons, Stephen, Roger, Shane and my wife Sunshine(yes that is her real name). Checked the 10a bouy for bait and managed 2 goggle eyes mixed in with all the horn bellys. Got out to 50' and had to fight off all the sharks on the bottom. Finally Sunshine lands a nice 17" mutton. A few drifts later I pickup a fish that looks like a triple tail but is very slimy and feels like an eel. (FISH ID ANYONE) Next drift I pickup a mutton that is exactly 16 1/8". Even though he was big enough he is too small to chance. Once those fish are on ice and stiffen he will probably be under 16" Plus it feels like taking a fish on his 18th birthday(barely legal). By this time it was 5 or 5:30 and there were some big storms brewin out of the west. We were trying to see where they were movin and debated weather to return or hang a little longer. There is a few pics the Roger took and you can see the storms in the background. After a while we decided it is probably time to head in before we get hammered by the storms. My flatline with the goggle eye then starts to take off. This thing started pulling like a train. It hit the biggest setup (penn torque300/20-50lb ugly stick) I had out so I was prepared for the battle. 15 mins later it is finally getting close and I could see him in a death spin like tunas do but he was upside down so I still had no clue what he was. I told my wife to grab the net because I didnt want to gaff it but the head would not fit in the net. Grabbed both hands on his mouth and pulled him in. Looks to be a jack but not sure what kind(any help). By this time the storms were almost on top of us. I started to feel that cool breeze and knew we were in trouble being 8 miles out. I get the fish back in the water and he is not looking too good. My dilema. Do I head in or stick it out and try to get this amazingly large fish (49"long)back upto speed. Normally I wouldn't consider abandoning the fish but I had a 5,6 and 7 year old aboard. I say we got to try and revive it. I slowly trolled him around for about 20 mins and he wasn't moving at all. The rain was starting to hit us when I decided to call it quits. I felt pretty crappy that I couldn't do anything for him. It felt like my dog just ran away or something. at least I tried and some sharks will be eating well. Back to the storms. This thing looked to be from west palm to just north of Fort Pierce. Storm got on us quick within the 20 mins I had my head hanging over the side of the boat with the fish. Got the kids all bundled up by my feet behind the console so they wont get pounded by the rain then I gunned it. Suprisingly the seas were not turning at all. I usually cant go wot during a storm. It was only a hard drizzle because we were at the front of the storm but when you are doing 40mph it really stings. I was just waiting for it to really open up but I see the storm clouds start to part right in the direction we were heading. Sure enough the rain weather stayed 1/4 mile to the north and 1/4 mile to the south. only got the drizzle for about 5 mins. When we got to the inlet I started to explain to my boys about karma. I told them that since we tried to save the fish that the fishing gods parted the storm for us. Karma or luck, call it what you want but I was relieved to be out of it. Great couple hours on the water with my family. When coming through the inlet we almost had a spotted eagle ray jump in the boat. He was the size of my trucks hood. My son Roger was on the camera today. He is only 6 but loves to take pictures.
Legal size is 24, so it would have been VERY legal to keep...:hail:hail
I thought pompano at first but the pic in my book only has florida pompano. I should get a book with more fish. I couldn't imagine they would be that great tasting at that size.
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― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
(I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
The fish you asked for ID of is a Soapfish. The slime will lather on your hands if you add a little water and rub them.
Do not put them in a live well, or rinse your hands off in the live well after handling them. The slime will kill all of your
live bait in the live well.
I ran north of that storm up to Vero and missed the whole thing.
Looked like it was going to blow hard but never did.
Keeping busy while away from Florida
It is a Rambo27.
1997 Key Largo 201
99 honda 130
I gotta check that out.