Offshore July 18th and 19th African Pompanos , Grouper ,Snappa and Cobia .

I decided to make a last minute offshore trip this weekend with my old friend Erick [ PigskinCapt ] on the Sea Trek . We headed pretty far south for the first drop . The shark was crazy , I caught at least 20 trying to get to the Snappa. We did manage to pull up a mixed bag of Yellow tail , Grovers , Grouper . My new fishing friend Jerry pulled up a nice Cobia through the shark SAM_5317.jpg
Erick kept trying more drops to get away from the shark and I kept catching more shark , they where relentless . We made a pretty good run to deeper water to get away from the shark and made a drop about 5AM . Wham on come up a 60lb Amber Jack I get him aboard the boat and then find out they are still out of season . I pulled up another 5 Big 50 to 60lb Amber Jacks . It seemed I pulled up a Amber Jack and then Jerry would pull up a grouper
SAM_5321.jpg I decided to start using whole squid to get pass the Amber Jack . Wham here comes the African Pompano they started coming aboard all over the boat . Here is Forum Member Canfish with some of his Pomps SAM_5310.jpg
I just met Canfish for the first time and he really Can Fish . I thought I had one of the bigger Pompanos
SAM_5322.jpg but they kept coming up
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Then Capt Ed came up with this monster SAM_5301.jpg.
Well after the Sharks and Amber Jacks here come the Monster Cudda's , it was tough getting the Snappa through them . We did manage to get a decent load of Yellow Tails and Grover though . There was 5 Forum members aboard as well 5 Captains . I made some new friends and fished with some old friends on this trip . Here is CranknYank and PigskinCapt SAM_5309.jpg Spending a few days offshore was so refreshing and I went back to my Roots .

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  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Congrats, looks like a fun and productive trip. Is the one guy wearing flannel pajama pants?
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  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    RMD wrote: »
    Congrats, looks like a fun and productive trip. Is the one guy wearing flannel pajama pants?

    Yes he is a Brit and his wife buys his fishing suits at the thrift store . Canfish is a pretty funny guy to fish with he had us cracking up the whole trip .
  • PigskinCaptPigskinCapt Posts: 253 Officer
    Luna, thanks for the kind words. It was great to see you again after a very long time. It was great to see Capt Rich again as well. I haven't seen Rich in a very long time. Rich was the captain on the Miss Point Lookout III before I ran it. The Miss Point Lookout was one of Capt. Speedy Hubert's vessels and one of the finest vessels I've ever run, 78' Lydia, but I digress.

    I've taken a time out on posting anything on this forum and am only doing so after Luna asked me yesterday morning to put up a few words.

    I had put a plan in place to try to get the guys a nice shot of snappers early on and we headed south 110 miles. We hit four wrecks I've fished before and one wreck I just got from a shrimper. The snappers were there, but unfortunately so were the sharks. Sharks of every shape and size. Wreck fishing was miserable. If it wasn't sharks, it was bluefish, jack crevelles, bonitas, jewfish or amberjacks. It's summertime wreck fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I've not seen the sharks as bad as they were last trip in quite some time. I was shocked because last week was shark week on the Today show and some female biologist from down under was on stating that all sharks were on the verge of extinction because of human interaction. Riiiiiight.

    Grouper fishing was exceptionally slow. Hit some stuff in the morning from 155-170 feet looking for some trophy fish. Shows looked great but the bite was beyond slow. Ground it all day long and it resulted in more and more sharks, a few grouper, regardless of the depth Seriously, I don't think we had 3 stops the entire trip that didn't result in a shark being caught some way or another.

    By the end of the trip Saturday night, we had a 20 knot NW wind and a choppy ride home. Thanks Luna, great seeing you again. It was a very enjoyable trip with a great cast of characters on the boat. I especially enjoyed the Brit wearing the PJ's. The PJ's with the safety pin across the fly since he was missing a button. Classic. You can't make this stuff up.

    One of these days I am going to sit down and write a book about party boat fishing. I'll start with Richie Kessinger and Speedy Hubert and work my way through the ranks. Each week is a reality show without cameras.
  • BeastieBeastie Bokeelia, FLPosts: 864 Officer
    Is that Ralph Hawkins?
  • West EnderWest Ender Posts: 145 Officer
    Nice Report sounds like the Outta Control is dialing it in.
  • JSTickumJSTickum Posts: 412 Deckhand
    Nice work out there Luna , them Pompano look tasty
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,353 Admiral
    Very cool.
  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    JSTickum wrote: »
    Nice work out there Luna , them Pompano look tasty

    Boy Jim you have that right , Fruit of the Sea .
  • SJCSJC Posts: 2,562 Captain
    Solid trip
    The Beatings will continue until moral improves!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    West Ender wrote: »
    Nice Report sounds like the Outta Control is dialing it in.

    Oh boy. You just poked a skunk.
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  • West EnderWest Ender Posts: 145 Officer
    RMD wrote: »
    Oh boy. You just poked a skunk.

    What do you mean?
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    West Ender wrote: »
    What do you mean?

    This was the Sea Trek. If you read old posts you can connect the dots. I thought you were taking a jab but maybe just an honest mistake
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  • DrewDrew Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Great report and pics! I'm just wondering how the Africans are on the table. I've caught a few here in the gulf but never kept one.
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  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    Drew wrote: »
    Great report and pics! I'm just wondering how the Africans are on the table. I've caught a few here in the gulf but never kept one.

    African Pompano is one of my favorite fishes . I grill it after marinating in some salad dressing and it is good as cold leftovers . There was some of the guys with big groupers trading for the African Pompanos this trip .
  • West EnderWest Ender Posts: 145 Officer
    RMD wrote: »
    This was the Sea Trek. If you read old posts you can connect the dots. I thought you were taking a jab but maybe just an honest mistake

    **** I was reading the Outta Control thread and then clicked on this one and didn't realize it was the Sea Trek. I surprised Piggy didn't ream me out.
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    West Ender wrote: »
    **** I was reading the Outta Control thread and then clicked on this one and didn't realize it was the Sea Trek. I surprised Piggy didn't ream me out.

    that one got me laughing...OK now back to work for me.
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  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    West Ender wrote: »
    **** I was reading the Outta Control thread and then clicked on this one and didn't realize it was the Sea Trek. I surprised Piggy didn't ream me out.
    West Ender you are a troll that is trying to derail this thread . I have heard that you are the mate on the Outta Control , For your information there was 5 People on this boat because of you . They told me that you are always trashing the Sea Trek and do not write any fishing reports of your great adventures so they went with the Trek . I was a paying client as well two other Captains on board that have over a hundred years combined of fishing these waters . I went on this trip because I wanted to do a trip with my old friend Captain Erick no matter what boat he would be running this weekend . I do know from reading you past comments I would never want to fish with you or your crew . Do yourself and your boat a favor stop being a troll .
  • West EnderWest Ender Posts: 145 Officer
    Luna Sea wrote: »
    West Ender you are a troll that is trying to derail this thread . I have heard that you are the mate on the Outta Control , For your information there was 5 People on this boat because of you . They told me that you are always trashing the Sea Trek and do not write any fishing reports of your great adventures so they went with the Trek . I was a paying client as well two other Captains on board that have over a hundred years combined of fishing these waters . I went on this trip because I wanted to do a trip with my old friend Captain Erick no matter what boat he would be running this weekend . I do know from reading you past comments I would never want to fish with you or your crew . Do yourself and your boat a favor stop being a troll .


    Sorry Pal but I do not work for that new boat in town and know nothing about them, just got threads mixed up by not paying attention. I could care less what either head boat does but always like to read the reports from far offshore here as I use to make those runs all the time but choose not to now. I'm a troll, I've been around here a lot longer than most of you, remember the days of Dean-o, all the FS get togethers that use to take place, I was there. I hardly post reports anymore because quit frankly I have seen what NOAA is capable of and how they have used pictures from this site for the BS data that they report. So who ever is giving you your info is an a$$ that does not have a clue who I am and I find it comical of how stories are made up. Want to see what I do offshore here, well here you go 130fsw straight off Sanibel on one of my boats.
  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    West Ender You may of been around since Deno as I . it seems that you just recently came back June 2014 and I don't believe the double click . When you disrespected my friend Erick by calling him piggy that's BS . Sorry like I said before I don't think I would want to fish with you or your crew . Can we just leave the thread back to the Pompano and be done .
  • West EnderWest Ender Posts: 145 Officer
    I came back only because there was a thread about service dogs in off topic and I have an Autistic son that our service dog has done wonders for and I wanted to post about that. I just happen to stop by in the SW forum made a comment about how it's nice to see guy's still trying their luck way offshore for Palegics and your pig buddy jumped down my throat. One good thing that came of it were the 8 PM's I got about info on fishing the east coast while living on the west coast and I was more than happy to help them. You guy's wonder where all the great post and fisherman went well it's accusations like you are making that made us all leave. It's funny if you posted a thread here years ago it was on page 3 in a day now you can come back 3 weeks later and the same threads are still on page one. I think I'll stick around a while and post when I feel like it but god forbid I make a mistake.
  • MFDoyleMFDoyle Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Just so you know, yes, those are flannel pajama pants, but his wife, me, didn't buy those for him! I learned along time ago, Mark will make
    a fashion statement where ever he goes. He asked me to tell everyone on the boat, "He had a great time, great company, and great captain!" He's off to a fashion shoot in Milan now, he'll fish with you'all soon!
  • MFDoyleMFDoyle Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Not sure how to change MFDoyle to Canfish, I went to his profile but can't work out how to change it back to Canfish, any suggestions?
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    MFDoyle wrote: »
    Just so you know, yes, those are flannel pajama pants, but his wife, me, didn't buy those for him!

    100% awesome, original, and hilarious!
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  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    West Ender wrote: »
    I came back only because there was a thread about service dogs in off topic and I have an Autistic son that our service dog has done wonders for and I wanted to post about that. I just happen to stop by in the SW forum made a comment about how it's nice to see guy's still trying their luck way offshore for Palegics and your pig buddy jumped down my throat. One good thing that came of it were the 8 PM's I got about info on fishing the east coast while living on the west coast and I was more than happy to help them. You guy's wonder where all the great post and fisherman went well it's accusations like you are making that made us all leave. It's funny if you posted a thread here years ago it was on page 3 in a day now you can come back 3 weeks later and the same threads are still on page one. I think I'll stick around a while and post when I feel like it but god forbid I make a mistake.

    Westender there are still some great fisherman here, but these ads are killin me. Great job luna, when ya gonna come join us.
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    MFDoyle wrote: »
    Not sure how to change MFDoyle to Canfish, I went to his profile but can't work out how to change it back to Canfish, any suggestions?

    Pretty sure you cannot change a forum name without a moderator's intervention.
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  • gruntkinggruntking Posts: 799 Officer
    MFDoyle wrote: »
    Just so you know, yes, those are flannel pajama pants, but his wife, me, didn't buy those for him! I learned along time ago, Mark will make
    a fashion statement where ever he goes. He asked me to tell everyone on the boat, "He had a great time, great company, and great captain!" He's off to a fashion shoot in Milan now, he'll fish with you'all soon!


    Ha! Awesome post.
  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    Westender there are still some great fisherman here, but these ads are killin me. Great job luna, when ya gonna come join us.
    Perl sorry I could not make the last trip with you , but looking forward to one soon . You are right about the ads they are killin me also
  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Im boycotting cabellas because of this... we did very well today and the boat that followed me prob did as well.
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