Mishaps, lanes, and **** is this thing? 2-16-20 (really long trip report)
Our plan was to hit some close in spots with shrimp and if we could get some white bait and things laid down, run a bit farther. We found bait at the gulf pier, but it was really scarce. It took about 25 throws but we had enough in addition to the shrimp. Captain Bly showed up about the time we were leaving with a buttload of pins he got in his traps so he helped us out with bigger bait.
Our first stop was at a spot where we caught some hogfish a couple of weeks ago. We managed 1 undersized hog but the trolling motor started acting up. It is not holding the spot and the anchor lock is shutting off. I'm guessing my batteries are going. Once the wind died down it held up fine.
We didn't do all that well so we decided to hit some deeper water. On the way to our spots, we stopped at the peaks. My wife got sharked almost immediately. It took so much line, the mono backing showed up and she was yelling at me to help. So, I put my rod down (without thinking) and grabbed the shark pole. Almost immediately, my pole bent over but not from a fish. The line got caught in the trolling motor. What a disaster. A fish on one line and a trolling motor on the other.
We got all that sorted out finally. The leader finally broke on the shark so we got all of our line back. We had enough of that spot so we moved on.
The first spot we stopped at was one we had caught red grouper on in the past. Right off the bat we started catching lanes and a couple of mangos and a keeper red grouper. We stayed there until lunch then moved on after we ate. A few more lanes and another red grouper but not much else. Well, except for a bonito on a knocker rig!?
The day felt tough to me, but we got a few nice dinners out it.
At our first spot, this guy showed up. It swam around the boat like a cobia would and at first I thought that was what it was. We tossed a pin at it and it chomped it in half right away. I thought I had it, but it didn't get the hook. I tossed the remaining half of the pin back at it and it chomped it again. I have no clue what this is. Anyone know?