View Full Version : This past Sunday with Don Moore "South Texas Freedivers"
08-22-2006, 10:39 PM
What can I say, what an awesome weekend, first off I wanted to give a big thank you to Don Moore for making these awesome trips possible. I would also like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Josh White "WHITE CUSTOM GUNS" best shooting hand canon I have ever shot, keep in mind I'm making comparison to Wong, and Riffe.I made some incredible shots with it"LITTLE BAM BAM, THE 40 INCH GUN WITH SIX BANDS" starting with a cobia that followed me up but never gave me shot except from above, OH well I shot it in the head ZA ZA ZA. Here are some pics from this trip...
08-23-2006, 08:38 AM
Can you guess what I was thinking when the first picture was taken? ďI want to go home!Ē It was the end of the day and I was exhausted and my stomach was queasy.
It was a good trip. Ean only threw up once!
los mentirosos, sorry for tailing you so close out of the channel. We were in a big hurry trying to make to some shrimp boats while they were still culling. We did not make it in time. Should have left earlier.
I saw the picture of you catch on another thread. Good job!
08-23-2006, 09:39 AM
Hey guys way to go! This is Krystal! I am at work not doing what I am supposed to be doing...That is work. I am drueling over the COBIA. MMMMMMMM GOOOD! I am real jealous that I am not out there with ya but, i will be home next Saturday for good. Don, I have all kind of ideas for the STFA and how we can get the association up and running and get these freedivers in South Texas some big fish. We shall chat later. I am really excited about moving back to Corpus and all I want to do is get a big fat male DORADO under my belt. What you say guys will ya'll help me? Again great job guys and I am happy Little Bam Bam did her job.
08-23-2006, 03:36 PM
still dont understand why I would want to load six bands to shoot mangos and chobia. :confused:
08-23-2006, 04:10 PM
You only have to pull them about 20Ē or less and they are 9/16Ē. I would rather pull 6 of them any day than two 18mm bands on a long euro gun.
I havenít given up my long guns with long band stretch yet, but his guns do work surprisingly well. Itís a different way to get the job done. With 6 bands it has the power to shoot anything on the rigs. You donít go hunting for large cobia or amberjack. They surprise you while youíre looking for snapper. Big cobias usually only give a spearo one good chance and then they are gone.
You also never know when a school of kings, or wahoo (on the deeper rigs) maybe come by on the outside of the rig. I would rather blow through a snapper and have the power when the opportunity arises. The power is also useful for long shots. I have seen Cesar take many 15 + foot shots with that gun and hit.
Mike, how is the fishing in Mississippi? How did the hurricanes last year effect you?
08-23-2006, 04:26 PM
fishings good. Been great actually. Ive shot more snapper over 20lbs this season so far than I have in the last several years combined...and sept oct is usually our best months for them so we'll see.
Cobes have been good to about 50lbs and the aj's are thick. Club board leading aj is 55+ which is big for a freediver. We've gotten several big tripletail lately, nicks 23 lb fish and second for the club is like 16.
I still dont see the gun having anymore power than a 55 inch gun with 3 bands???
Good to see your still going strong Don.
08-23-2006, 08:19 PM
I saw ya'll stop a little behind me. Did you do the liberty ships? I am still wondering how they they are. I get conflicting reports. Some say they've sank into the bottom and it's all murky, low viz. Others say the snapper are thick on the decks of the ships. We've been going to a of couple of the rigs a little farther out and it's great. I kind of hate to waste time if the Liberty ships aren't that great. Guess I'll have to see for myself one day. Don, do you have one of the new radios with selective calling? MMSI in other words. Hail me and I'll let you go by, I'm a slow poke by nature.
08-24-2006, 09:34 AM
We didnít do the liberty ships. I have never done it. I would like to hear about it if you do. I heard there used to mooring buoys there, but have never seen them. Freediving wrecks without a scuba diver to go down and anchor off, can be pretty hard. I found out in Florida this year. Maybe we could get togather sometime and tie up to you?
There is a rig in 80 feet of water about 15 miles out of packary South East and another you can see from it in 120í. Are those the rigs? They have been some of my favorite rigs, but they are getting a lot of traffic this year. We have been going further south the last few trips to get past the traffic.
My radio is new and I think it has MMSI, but I havenít taken the time yet to learn how to use it? Had too many other boat problems to deal with, but its seems those problems are resolved now. How does it work?
08-24-2006, 07:26 PM
Don, tell me what brand/model radio you have. You will need to register. Go to this link: http://www.boatus.com/mmsi/
You will get a # to enter into your radio, that will be your mmsi #. Most radios will interface with your gps and in an emergency transmit lat/long along with your unique id. #. It can also be used to call individuals with whom you have traded #'s with. Some gps will also show a lolipop icon at that location. My gps is pretty old so that doesn't work with mine nor does my radio send out that data. Most newer, high end equipment does however. I will send you a pm sometime with my mmsi #. I'll have to hook things up and write it down as I don't have it committed to memory.
08-25-2006, 05:35 PM
Nice Mango and Cobe Cesar. Wish I could have made it. Will be back in your neck of the woods in about 60 days. Hope to go out with you and Don before then, though.
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