Goal attained!! BlueH20Fisherman & Ranaman Co-captain the Celestial Crab to victory..

have a long report to type so hang in there got too much crime statistic mapping to do first... so here isa taste!



  • ranamanranaman Posts: 319 Officer
    Well it only took a year, but we finally got Sensei Todd back to Lanark and what a great return to the forgotten coast for our favorite friend. Only sad news was the Celestial part of the crab was stuck in Valdosta having to do some work at the hospital over the weekend  We certainly missed having the beautiful Celeste aboard as we have tried very hard to accomplish the deed I’m about to share.
    Some may or may not know but “our” fishing trailer in Lanark actually belongs to our best friend Todd BlueH20Fisherman, this warm soul has allowed us to use his place for the last 7 years and we can certainly thank god for his presence in our lives as he and the lord make all this possible, that is why you will often find me thanking God and Todd at the end of our reports.
    Over the years Todd and I have fished our (3) two boats together; Rhett now owns the bay boat we also used, and I have learned how to fish these waters thanks mostly to him and some others, Jeremy; Line Dancer, Andy on Miss Joyce, Plumb Bob, Illinoisfisherman and a slew of others have taken us off to the blue water and turned this Inshore crew into the offshore mob we are today.
    I also have to thank one other person who is no longer with us for instigating all of this, Cody Diorio. Cody has been and will always be remembered as a friend despite the infighting often related to his forum time he never had anything but kind words toward us, a inquisitive question, a hand to lend when fish needed cleaning or work needed to be done, he also is responsible for introducing us to our boat, I’m not sure his mother Sheila or sister Cheyenne even know that it was Cody that emailed me the Craig’s listing for the great vessel we all know and love as the Celestial Crab. RIP Cody WE will miss you!
    Well on to the fish story, Todd & I have a friendship that has certain something about it, mainly because we share the same passion and think an awful lot alike when it comes to chasing fish. We have similar memories about numbers and waypoint arrays, weather & seasonal patterns and both like to captain and watch others catch fish; the reward of a great trip is shared even when we’re not fishing together. This weekend we WERE!
    Due to life little idiosyncrasies Todd hasn’t been to Lanark in over a year and although we have had some great times that we’ve shared with him during that time, we certainly have missed him on the water in Lanark/Carrabelle!
    The plan was for him to go down Friday and finally get his boat prepped and CLEAN as the darn thing is turning green from lack of use, however Friday was a rest day after he arrived and he threw all work out the window after I arrived that evening and sea reports looked like taking the Celestial Crab would be a better choice anyway.
    I guess I was also a little wore out from the week as I didn’t make the 6 am wake up and rolled slowly out of bed at 7 “ish” to a trailer of ready anglers. I managed a pot of coffee and bagel and got them moving toward loading the boat for a drop in at Lanark, the evening before we set a pinfish trap and were fortunate to have a dozen or so to start the day.
    Goal for the day was to start by chasing cobia on markers and other structure which lead us toward Alligator point and then south from there so we decided to go toward K tower to fish some numbers we haven’t hit in years that Todd remembered as good Red grouper grounds. Our morning Cobia chase resulted in a crab being slammed and fish missed, a pinfish theft or two and Zero fish to show for our efforts. So we headed south! The ride out was a little snotty so I tabbed the Crab down and we made good time in some not so great seas. Todd immediately took the controls when we got near the numbers forcing me to play mate and angler. Reluctantly I proceeded to assisting our rookie angler Zack after getting him set up I proceeded to start catching grunts, and grunts and more grunts! I really wish Brad was with us because he would have fit right in! Well where there’s grunt there’s grouper so I kept at it changing things up every once in a while with a Vertical Jig or Alien jig but still no Grouper even started using different bait combos, still the box was filling with El grunto!
    Zack sends down the smallest of bait pieces and of course the first and fastest a smaller grunt nailed it and as it approaches the boat we hear him yelling SHARK!! A second goes by and Rhett on the other side of the boat says you mean this Cobia with the grunt hanging from its mouth!! Some quick moves to get Zach repositioned to the fish side of the boat and the fight ensues! Now ole Zach is a big boy, but that Cobia sure was getting the best of him so we find a belt and get him locked in except he wasn’t following the fish so after some gentle instructions he settled down and began finally making some headway on the obvious beast, although he was a little red in the face by now LOL. The fish finally surface after 15-20 minutes of tug of war and Todd’s yelling to gaff it well I was looking at a rather large fish with a shaky shake going on so I waited until he cooled down a little and popped him right under the chin! Certainly glad I did because I’m not sure I wanted to pull that monster into the boat with a mid body shot, fortunately after one good heft the fish slid over the gunwale and on to the floor with a thud! Although we only saw two boats all day I think they probably could have heard us at the dock as the crew was screaming & high fives rounded the boat!

    Of course some pictures ensued and worries of fish not fitting anywhere determined that the day wouldn’t last much longer so we headed back onto the numbers and kept at it until I finally bowed up on something other than a grunt and with a few grunts of my own I finally landed this 27 inch Red grouper to help bring some color to the grunt box! IMG_8592_zps329c337b.jpg
    Zack giving it his best
    Me with a good Lift
    We pulled up from our spot shortly after that to go troll for kings and Gags on the way in as the guys wanted to throw a king on the smoker that evening. Well we got to our spot and made short work out of that secondary goal and hit a nice little keeper king for the ride in, then Rhett who was skipping a LY on the surface gets hooked up to what we thought initially to be a Spanish quickly debunked as we see green flipping through the air still having a hard time believing it is a Mahi Rhett leaves him boat side to see if there is another in the area, then brings him in as we have no sightings. This is a strange catch for sure because we were in less than 60 ft of water at this time. Few more passes and some good red snapper bait later (Bonita) we hit another little Mahi who spit the hooks after about the 6th flip! Big ole cobie still sitting on the deck with wet towels reminded us we better ride in and we did to a nice quartering sea and 28 mph.
    Well that’s the story and I’m sticking to it! Thanks to Rhett for driving down and towing the Celestial Crab for us, Todd & Zack for finally getting him back to Lanark! The Celestial one for all her love and for God for bringing us and this all together! Tight lines and calm seas to you all! _ Capt Crab.
  • Jolly ManJolly Man Posts: 967 Officer
    Sounds like a fabulous trip. Thanks for sharing.
    The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. - Charles Swindoll
  • KayakMacGyverKayakMacGyver Posts: 997 Officer
    Great report and fish! Congrats....Cobia is one of my favorite fish to catch and eat, you definitely have some good ears there!
    They Can't Us "You Should Have Been There Yesterday"...........Because We Were!
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 781 Officer
    Yeeeeaaa!!! Joe. Job well done!!! Boy, I haven't seen Todd in a good while. We'll be down this weekend, hopefully.
    Thanks for the mention.
  • FamilyfisherFamilyfisher Posts: 2,697 Captain
    Great report, Joe! Jealous.
    Proverbs 13:3
  • seabiscuitseabiscuit Posts: 1,011 Officer
    Great report and awesome fish!!!
  • ranamanranaman Posts: 319 Officer
    Brad you were missed during all that grunt Action!!
  • kgfisherkgfisher Posts: 603 Officer
    Very nice trip, congrats!
    "The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore"

    - Vincent Van Gogh

  • RhettleyRhettley Posts: 1,545 Officer
    I had a few more pictures on my phone of this trip. It was a great weekend all the way around!

    The Co-Captains studying the numbers to put us on some fish in that dark rough water.

    Heading out wondering what the day would give us.

    And this is what we got for our efforts.

    Zack with his Cobe and King. It was actually a decent king but looks like bait next to the cobe.

    I managed to snap a shot of some of the grunts just for Brad. We got a mess of crabs in there too from a trap we left at the dock while we were out fishing.
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 781 Officer
    There's that dolphin. WTG!!!
  • FamilyfisherFamilyfisher Posts: 2,697 Captain
    Good bronze on those grunts! WTG.:)
    Proverbs 13:3
  • ranamanranaman Posts: 319 Officer
  • ducknfishducknfish Posts: 3,821 Officer
    Well done sirs!
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 4,551 Captain
    Nice trip, makes you want to go fishing.
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