A lot of late fishing reports for the spring/early summer...
I'll start off with the boat. Mid to late last summer I finally picked up a 2007 Blazer Bay from a buddy of mine in Panama City. They were big on cobia fishing the beach and I was torn on the tower but it would seem that it's growing on me (more later...)
We fished a bit last summer when it was too hot but I ended up in hunting mode and not doing nearly enough fishing last fall. This spring, after turkey season (of course), Mason and I (along with some other forum members and friends) have started getting a lot more water time.
Spring started off with ducknfish a bit further south since he's in Gainesville these days. Sadly, as life would have it, we don't see each other nearly nearly as much as we should. But we've managed to ensure we're fishing together a bit and there's more to come (night time mangrove trip and our end of August/first of September Elk trip to Colorado this fall). The plans were cobia, mangroves, and maybe some snook as a distant possibility. Well, the cobia cooperated the day!
Then we moved back closer to home and did a bit of fishing around here with just me and the little man after turkey season. We've caught a few here and there and put a flounder, mangrove, some sea bass and assorted other 'throw back' species over the side on a few different trips.
Masons first grouper - he didn't want to hold it himself but rather use my phone to take the picture
Pulled this little guy off a 7' tiger shark that decided to come visit (and was less than a mile from the bird rack )
We've since started fishing with another long lost forum member - TeamOutlaw. We've hunted together off and on for nearly 10 years. We've gotten progressively worse with our turkey hunting and have been to KS and KY together but now but we've started fishing together this year too. Always a good time hunting and fishing with him.
He caught the first triple tail I've even seen in person and the first to come over the side of the new boat.
We also landed, and lost, quite a few nice trout that day. Biggest we caught was 24". The rest were 17-19".
Sadly it had been 2 years since I have last been offshore...until this year. My buddy's family who I bought my blazer from has turned around and bought a 23T Bluewater. Quite a nice ride. They had a spot open a few weeks back to run offshore and I couldn't pass it up. A good thing too - not a huge box of fish but some really nice fish. NOAA really missed the forecast that morning as it WAS NOT 1-2'. But the 23T Bluewater handled it surprisingly well!
Unknown weight nice red grouper
My buddy's nice ARS
The day's box