In Honor of America

harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
In Honor of America
July 4, 1776, a new nation, a strong nation, a nation based on freedom, is born:

This new nation, a proud nation, the United States of America, forever to be known as:

As Americans the one thing we value more than live itself is freedom. Freedom has never been, is not, or will ever be, free. We owe our freedom to those who gave everything they have every had or will ever have to insure the freedom of this great nation:

To insure that America will always be the land of the free we must remain:

Freedom is not free! Even our 'Freedom to Fish' has been challenged. We, the people of this great nation, will win this battle as we have won ever battle since 1776. The will of the American people will prevail:

July, 2018, let's celebrate our 'Freedom to Fish' with a 39 hour excursion deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico. We will be challenging the, 'Pride of America', the American red snapper, as well as the hard to fool mangrove snapper, and the I am stronger, better, than you, gag grouper.
Last July we celebrated with a virtual 'mountain' of fish:

Can we do it again this year? Only one way to find out. The Florida Fisherman ll is ready and so are we. Let's go!

First things first, let's visit Florida's on-board chef, Chef 'Jersey Girl' Tammy. Talk about a meat ball sandwich!  That wasn't just another sandwich, that was a Tammy special. OK! Let's hit our comfortable air conditioned bunks for the long ride out. After all, we must be well rested for the great fights sure to come.
Late Friday night, the action is immediate, and strong. First up the elusive mangrove snapper:

Followed by the American beauty:

What a way to start. 'Can we do it again this year'? You had better believe it:

As we approach Saturday morning, it's that time again:


  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    Young people are always welcome guest on the Florida, after all, they are our future. Representing Valrieco Florida, Mr. Samuel Hesse. Can this young man, this very polite gentleman, fish? Wonder no more. The elusive mangrove snapper is no match for this young angler:

    Next, 'In Honor of America', the Pride of the South, the American red snapper:

    This school year Mr. Hesse will be a freshman at Durant High School:

    With that we have a problem. Last year Durant beat my old High School 14 to 10 in a hard fought football game. This year is pay back time:

    The mangrove snapper bite remains strong:

    'In Honor of America' The American red snapper:

    What an honor welcoming young ladies to the 'Fishing Capital of the World'. Fishing out of Orlando, Florida, Katheryn:

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    The entire boat is well on the way to limiting out, two day limit, on American red snapper. 'In Honor of America' we will fill the boxes. No better way to celebrate America, to celebrate the American dream, to celebrate our freedom to fish:

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    We have now completely limited-out on American red snapper. That's a two day limit of around 190 American reds. Next up... the mighty gag grouper:

    Always plenty of ice. The Florida carries thousands of pounds:

    Nice Red grouper:

    'In Honor of America' the Florida's huge fish boxes have been filled. Time to call it a day, another very successful day:

    Before we hit our bunks for the long ride home, it's Tammy time:

    6 A.M. Sunday morning. Already!

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    Young Mr. Samuel Hesse is proud, very proud:

    Last July we celebrated our freedom with a virtual 'mountain' of fish. Can we do it again this year? Absolutely!

    Samuel is all smiles:

    The 'in the money' gag grouper hit the scales at 27.5 pounds, American red, 12.4 pounds, and mangrove snapper, 9.5 pounds:

    Be sure to 'catch' all the action in this short, action packed, video of our trip:

    And now our mystery fish, this is a hard one. If you get this one you are an expert.
    In fishing the Middle Grounds for over forty years, I have never seen a fish like this before:

    Bob Harbison
    Florida Outdoor Writers Association

  • trs912trs912 Posts: 50 Greenhorn
    Looks like a giant grunt to me.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    edited July 3 #7
    Agreed! I think it's some kind of grunt. Will let U know more when I find out more.  
    What an honor recognizing what our great country stands for. 
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 10,513 AG
    I was thinking some sort of porgie
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 10,513 AG
    BTW, great report and pics.
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 2,937 Moderator
    Looks like a good size Margate. Good stuff, Bob. God Bless America. 
    Hi Jerry!

    P.S. I'll fix the title.
  • Kokosing LoverKokosing Lover Posts: 470 Deckhand
    White Margate.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 2,700 Captain
    Thanks guys!   You all are good. Did not think anyone would know what a Margate is.  Have never seen one on the Grounds. 

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