It felt wonderful to fish once again and be able to actually do so. Last few trips were plagued with engine trouble. This trip was out of no where, some of us have been too busy with our lives to be able to fish together so emails flew and we decided to just chill on a six pack boat for 4 hours but ended going on the Sealegs III since we heard it was back on the water after being newly refurbished. The boat looks like new just like the Out Of Control IV which is another boat that was refurbished last year. After speaking with Captain Ralph he gave me the news that the Out Of Control IV will be moving to the West Coast to possibly do Tortugas trips as well as fish the towers and wrecks in it’s surrounding, I know there is quality fishing in those areas I would definitely be interested to do a few trips to those towers, I sure miss fishing them. Another news Ralph gave me is that his father Captain Kenny would probably be retiring and would captain the boat on a part time basis plus a fish market was in the works since he has just purchased the marina.
The trip was a regular 4 hour trip we knew jigging was a possibility and we did try I got a nice hit but that was it. I kept at it until 10:30 when I switched to bait as Russ landed a nice porgy that won the pool, then it was John’s turn at a nice vermillion snapper (beeliner in some other areas), and after came Nilson with an even nicer Vermillion, after that we moved and it was my turn at a nice Vermillion we call nice a vermi that we can hold with two hands since in these areas the usual size is barely pass the legal size. Then Nilson got a lesser amberjack and many i the boat where landing triggerfish, lane snappers, and more porgies. Not everyone got to keep fish as many had to be thrown back in, but a nice amount of fish was caught and kept. Well enough of the talk, here are some pics.
Waiting to go fishing while looking at the new paint.
The bait donated by a very nice angler, a tinker mackerel
Russ’ Porgy, the pool winner
Ricky’s Mangrove Snapper
Only one trolling on the way back
Chilling on the way back
Biggest catches of the day in the fish box
After the fishing was over we had a nice lunch at the Sandbar Restaurant a few blocks away from the Sealegs III. It was nice to fish with old friends again. The Sealegs III will have an all day jigging trip on February 2nd the cost is $125 and includes tip, but we wont be able to make it so we scheduled a trip later in February.