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Things changed around a lot from yesterday. The current picked up and the blended water that we had our bluefin action had shoved up the beach quite a ways.
The day was beautiful and we saw lots of life, but no "big boys". We spent most of the day along a color change with whales, porpoises, sharks and lots of birds. We caught a few blackfins, including a couple of 20 pounders. We also caught one out of two mako sharks that were both too short to keep. Things will change back around in no time. I'm glad to see some action. Thanks Emmet!
We landed one bluefin today on our commercial fishing venture.
There was a great sign of fish and lots of life today! The wind was light and the seas were calm. Great to be back offshore after the big winter storm!
Since the tuna fishing has been scrappy, I gave my guys the option of trying something different. They were game.
Fortunately, we were blessed with not much current, which made bottom fishing much easier. We started out catching all the triggers that they wanted before moving offshore to bigger and better things. Shawn caught a citation 35 pound snowy grouper on a jig, and we had great action on the golden tiles. Box full of sweet meat! Thanks again Pat!
Only two of us fished today, and we were both looking for a bluefin but were unable to find one.
It was a pretty nice day offshore, and we had some trolling action even though it wasn't what we were looking for. We still managed to land a couple of nice blackfins (one was a citation 20 pounder), a dolphin and a bunch of false albacore. It was great to get back offshore, and always a pleasure fishing with your group JP. Thanks!
Today the kids got out of school early, and it wasn't a very good day to do boat work, but I snapped a few pictures of the snow while Simon and I were out and about!
It's still coming down out there, and I'd have to guess that we have four inches of accumulation right now. It's perfect snowball material, and I'm sure when he comes in from his third round of romping, Simon will be just as wet as he was the other times!
It's hard to believe that spring will be here soon and we'll be in shorts!
Yesterday I had the privilege of accompanying my son and a couple of his friends on a youth duck hunt. It was an extra special event!
In this day of X- Boxes, Gameboys, laptops and cell phones, there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my son take an interest in the outdoors. This year he has gotten involved with the local shooting team and has a growing interest in hunting. Yesterday was his first duck hunt, and he did great. There was a lot of action and the kids all shot plenty of shells! Next winter the ducks better watch out!
My buddy Keith wanted to catch something big and tasty off the bottom. Unfortunately the current was screaming, which made deep dropping a struggle.
We did catch a couple of rose fish and a couple of golden tiles, one of which was a 35 pounder. Late in the day I shallowed up to try for some triggers, but the current had us wrapped up in there too. The triggers were snappin' though, and we got all we wanted. Enjoy the fish at your super bowl party Keith, and remember what I told you about the goldens!
This time of year, when it's cold and blowing, I'm usually piddling in my shop or on my boat, getting things ready for the next season.
The last couple days have been devoted to working on my fighting chair and re-wrapping some rods. Simon has had off from school and wound up finding projects of his own in the shop. With his new found fascination with waterfowl hunting, all he talks about is guns and dogs. He has rummaged through my scrap pile of juniper and started tracing out patterns of guns for me to cut out for him. Here he is with his latest pump shotgun. Notice the newly painted handgun drying to his right!
My buddy Mike invited me, Simon and my dad up for a goose hunt, and it turned out to be an outstanding experience to share with them!
We hunted Friday evening, Saturday morning, and saturday evening. We saw a lot of birds on each hunt, but Saturday evening was as good as it gets. Thanks again for a wonderful weekend, and I can't wait to put you guys on a load of fish this summer!
It's cold where you are, so you should give some thought to warming up in Hatteras!
We've been plucking along at the kings commercially, some days we scrap out a fair catch and we've had a few big days too. There are a few things going on that would be of interest to somebody that's ready to bend a pole. You could still have some good live bait action with the kings right now. There is a great sign of blackfin tuna that could be caught on the jigs or trolling, and as of January 1, snowy grouper and golden tiles opened back up, so you could harvest some good stuff from the bottom too. I am thinking about when to schedule my spring "haul out", and as I glanced at my other propeller that is sitting outside my shop, re-worked and ready to go, I noticed this frog sitting comfortably on the hub. I hope the fish raise to it just as good this year!
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