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Look Out Below
06-15-2003, 09:01 AM
I needed my nitrogen fix so we decided to check out some new spots for the up and coming lobster season. Bad English, Reeftails, Bottomdwell and I start to run out of Sebastian when this happens...
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/pef20a99f1b2aad7e82d1e5b243c0496b/fbec413c.jpg

Ended up being one bank of the throttle bodys are stuck. Some a little lube and an hour later we are off.

It's a little bumpy on the way out but once we got there (105') the water turned to a lake. I need a quick drink of water when I opened up the cooler, and low an behold look whats in the cooler! Freckin bananas!!! WTF Reeftails slips them in the cooler without me seeing them. :hammer: No wonder the motor breaks at the ramp...

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/p0f9486ed3affcf46e1a3d52cba22df91/fbec492c.jpg

Just for that Reeftails and Bottomdwell are the first to drop. Well up they come with a nice stringer. 38 lb and 24 lb gags... :thumbup:
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/pc666b972ca22df8cad92970f456b5715/fbec4a7e.jpg

Vis they say was 8' to 10' max with bottom temps right at 57 degrees. That's cold!

Next drop is .30 miles away, new ledge so Bad English and I are down for the count. Dozens of big sheeps are near but we where looking for the fatties. Under one of the ledges I spot 4 sheeps and a rather large tail, yup and nice 29 lb gag I string up...
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/pe13388301d97678b454717455e988a7a/fbec49d0.jpg

Look Out Below
06-15-2003, 09:02 AM
Third dive (Reeftails and Bottomdwell) was only .30 of a mile away and up comes an assortment of gos and sheeps.

Bad English and I deside to hit a ledge in 85' thinking that a little shallower might be cleaner. Wrong! 5' vis max.

We run back out to the 105', Reeftails and Bottomdwell hit it and bring up another 23 lb gag with a couple of gos.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/p2e6c48b30e73e4f968dc38855a499a15/fbec459f.jpg

Well the flat line goes out and not 2 minutes POP fish on! I push everyone out of the way and snag the pole. :P Up to the boat bad English sticks the gaff in this 18 lb Dolphin...
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/pa339789f519565e39f77566d91f5a1ec/fbec46e3.jpg


One last dive with Bad English and Myself, by now I'm freezing MAO on the bottom and Bad English bags a nice go. That about does it for me 1000 psi left but I couldn't feel my finger tips, so up I come...

If the season for lobsters are as good as what we saw, stay tuned for a mother load... ;)

Catch of the day...
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid65/p11aaf3224c0f5e76fb49c8d2f1afe341/fbec442d.jpg

If you believe that bananas are bad on the boat! Look again... :P

Bad English
06-15-2003, 09:14 AM
As usual, had a kickass time. Thanks again Russ.

Reef Raider
06-15-2003, 10:33 AM
Nice haul !!

A.J. FOYT 4 time Indy 500 winner once said :
"luck is where opportuity meets preparation"

greyface
06-15-2003, 10:49 AM
DAAAYYYMMM!!:cool:

dlock
06-15-2003, 10:56 AM
:p sweeeeeeet :p

100days-a-year
06-15-2003, 06:11 PM
Gotta love Florida in the summer.Ya'll did good,love the suicide dolphin.Last year we had bug spots loaded the week before and the thermocline pushed them offshore.

Steel Shootin'
06-15-2003, 07:56 PM
You guys are killing me with those grouper pics. Damn, those are beauties!

bristolxyz
06-15-2003, 09:47 PM
hummm.. arn't cats bad luck on a boat too?

greyface
06-16-2003, 05:42 AM
Hey Paul, where ya been?!

f94gator
06-16-2003, 06:14 AM
Great catch!! Thanks for the report!

kitefisherman
06-16-2003, 07:54 AM
Impressive mess of fish - especially considering the bananas! We are seeing lots of lobsters down this way too.

KJNDIVER
06-16-2003, 03:32 PM
I have heard the saying about banannas before but I yet to hear an explanation of how banannas got such a bad rap. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Screen Name
06-16-2003, 06:00 PM
Of Gag Groupers. Nice job men!

I'm doubling up on the banana's this weekend. Those were not green banana's were they? I dont blame you if you dont want to share your fishin secrets. :D

inletsurf
06-16-2003, 06:44 PM
Staring at the phone, waiting for it to ring...:confused:

:D
LOL Great job Russ!!!

Shooter Dan
06-17-2003, 08:14 PM
Damn boys, you would have swept the tournament over here with that haul. Looks like you found some nice fish. Thanks for the report Russ.

Middlegrounds trip is up in July, Check for a PM from Mark.