It's been awhile. Friday /Saturday inshore/offshore

It's been awhile since I posted. Between getting married in 3 weeks and tournaments I have just been too busy. I recently got the offer to be 1st mate for Captain John Gunter with Off the Hook charters on the 33' Hydrasports he is running out of St Petersburg.

My 1st trip was Saturday. So Friday night I took my boat out to get some fresh bait for the charter the next day. It was so easy with 2 throws I had my 94qt cooler filled to the top. Since it was so easy I decided to hit the flats out of Cockroach. The Snook bite was just flat out stupid. Every bait for 2 hours was fish on and ended up leaving them biting because of the long day ahead on Saturday.

I was at the marina at 6 AM and proceeded to prep the boat and rig the rods. Our 6 clients got there at 7 and we let them know there was a front coming in and only had a short window. Without hesitation they said let's roll. We stopped at a marker where I threw the net for some live bait. About 5 throws and we were set on bait and the Capt hammered down on the 700hp Yamahas and made our way 20 miles.

1st stop was for grouper on Swiss cheese bottom but it was to choppy to drift like we needed to. Anchoring is not too effective but we still managed some shorts. We see the front heading our way so we ran 9 miles South to one of my Snapper spots.

We get anchored up and start chumming and the machine is lit up. The fish were picky and finally got them to chew on freelined whitebait going with our chum on 20lb fluro. As soon as they turned on we had 7 fish in the boat and the front hit. Unfortunately we had to call the trip but the clients were thrilled with the size of the Snapper including one that hit 24".

All in all a good day for what we were dealt with weather wise and I am looking forward to this new venture. The Capt and I work well together and it doesn't get better than that.









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