I've been lurking around the forum for a while, but decided to make my first post. Learning a lot from the reports and discussion on the board, I think it's paying dividends. Hope this makes for a good first post.
On Saturday, my buddy and I decided to head out of SLI for some bottom fishing. Fished a few spots between 50-70 ft of water. I caught my first genuine red snapper (darn the short season) and a vermilion snapper. My buddy got a shark as his "trophy" fish. Between the two of us we caught over 30 nice sized sea bass and an assortment of grunts and other trash fish.
After the depressing football loss for my team, I decided to go fishing on the beach (Walton Rocks). I was using a Mirrolure 19MR or 20 MR in a mullet-like pattern. Fish were feeding on a really quick retrieve and I was essentially using it as a topwater. They would shortstrike the 'normal' retrieve. I caught ~25 relatively small jacks and 5 lady fish. I was seeing signs of snook and couldn't get the lure through all the jacks. I got surprised by a tarpon blowing up my lure going airborne on the strike right in the surf. After a relatively quick fight, I land my first tarpon which was around 50 lbs.
So my day's tally
1 Genuine Red Snapper (Personal First)
1 Vermilion Snapper
~20 Sea Bass
1 Tarpon (Personal First)
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