Saturday morning I left out with a tall crew ( Lurch, Shortstack, and Smiley)
We made our first stop shallow and it was game on with the Aj's BSB and a gag or two. Pushed off a bit further, set anchor on a small piece in about 100 ft. and it was a good gag bite for a bit until a few escaped fish and released fish shut the grouper bite down. We picked at the b-liners, bass and triggers and added a red grouper to the mess. We were maxed out on gags and released a few keepers so we headed looking for some more reds. Set the autopilot for a spot some 12 miles away to the SW. When we got there another charter boat was bottom fishing right on top of the number I ran to so I slid a few hundred yards south to another number. Not much there so I decided to look around when the Captain of the other boat got on the radio and asked "If I wanted to be thrown a rope so he could just tow me around to his other spots?" Decided to hit another part of the ocean that wasn't owned by someone who thinks I need him to catch fish, caught some more bottom dwellers and called it a day as storms were brewing.
I had a blast fishing with this crew, lotsa ballbusting occurred, some rod busting also(thanks to a big old Tiger shark), and we got a free boat wash on the way back in. Sorry I didn't bring the camera for this trip so no pics.
Day Two was a make up charter consisting of Gary, Sam, Bernard, and George. One other angler took a bit ill that morning so we went short crewed out into a slick calm ocean. We ran straight to the edge of the shelf looking for some deep water firetrucks. The first thing I saw out there was a man standing in the bow of my boat peeling a banana, and eating it. The bite was picky and the fish were mean. Had a few breakoffs, a few rock up, but the crew did a fine job besting some beautiful reds into the brine tank. The crew was being abused by the heat, and almacos, so we headed inshore a bit to find some gags. The bite was again slow , but after working around a bit a limit of gags was in the boat, along with some tasty seabass. It wasn't the best of days, but, everybody went home with some grouper, and a workout. Thanks again guys.