8/25 Slammin' in Crusty with Duane
I have been wanting to go out on the Chaz for a couple years and I finally got my chance today with Duane(windsitter) in his trusty Ganoe(spelling?) Crusty. Only problem was that someone left the plug out in the Gulf and all the water drained out overnight it seemed. To make matters worse, there was a consistent wind of 15 kts or so that not only made the water lower, but delayed the incoming tide 1-2 hours. But undaunted, and in Crusty, which will float on sweat, we headed out to find some fish. I'm not known to be conservative in shallow or trecherous water, but I am a neophite compared to Duane. We headed south somewhat to get the earlier incoming, and weaved through narrow channels and rocky shorelines periodically bumping bottom and even walking a couple times. Crusty just floats along and the motor bounces along the bottom with Duane at the tiller and somehow it works and we did not have to walk home. It was a constant battle to keep in position to fish with the strong wind, but we made the best of it. All in all it was a great day and we had fun trying to overcome the conditions and I really appreciate Duane's effort to put me on some fish, show me around and give some excitement with it! Oh, by the way, we got a boat slam with Duane boating an over slot trout and 2 Snook with me adding the Red. Duane lost a large Snook just before we headed back also. Fun day, thanks Duane!