View Full Version : calling all divers for a free dive trip on a 48ft commercial boat
01-16-2003, 02:24 PM
i have a friend that is a commercial stone crabber/ fisherman who is looking for divers to go get a mess of doormat sized flounder off of anna maria island as early as end of feb through march. you have to bring all your equipment but if you are short on tanks i've got about 22 aluminum 80's that can be used as needed. this boat is really fun to dive off of just because it's so big. we can probably fit about 15 to 20 divers on it. i'll bring a grille so we can cookout inbetween dives. this guy is really cool and i'd like to put a whole bunch of fish in the boat for him. let me know if you are interested.
repeat this is a free trip you just have to shoot fish for the boat.
01-16-2003, 03:50 PM
I'm in. Send me a PM. Webers
01-16-2003, 03:51 PM
I need more info. Where exactly will we leave from and how long of a trip. Me and my crew from here might be very interested.
01-16-2003, 04:03 PM
Why not, I'm up for it, drop me a message with details.
free? Did I hear free? Hell yha, send me the details.
01-16-2003, 04:21 PM
I'm in send details?
01-16-2003, 04:39 PM
If it's free it's for me!let's here the details
01-16-2003, 05:18 PM
Sounds good! Details please!
01-16-2003, 05:27 PM
I'll go. let me know the scoop.
01-16-2003, 05:34 PM
If it warms up, I'm in. :D
01-16-2003, 05:44 PM
well if all you guys are gonna go,send me the details and i guess i,ll have to go also
01-16-2003, 06:28 PM
hey, if its free, its for me!!! anna maria sounds right up my alley, i live not even 5 minutes away from the island. send me a pm with all the details if you could. thanks
01-16-2003, 06:28 PM
here is a link to my page that has video of us fishing off his boat. you can't see what the whole boat looks like but it has the wheel house in the very front and the whole back end is open.
click on the one that says "amberjacks everywhere"
i've had five divers on this boat before and we had enough room to play football on the back deck even with all our stuff onboard. basically the details are. once i get word that the big breeder doormat flounder are around their normal offshore spots every weekend that their is good weather we are going to go. the flounders might be there as early as a few weeks or might not show up till march. (weekday trips might be run without me if he can get a dependable group of divers together. i can't dive during the week due to school and work but it's up to capt. tom) basically it will be as many dives as you want to do in water no deeper than 70ft. i think most of it is in the 50ft range. we'll bring a grille if the water is calm enough and grille out inbetween dives and basically just have a good time collecting the thousands of flounders that are out there. everything is paid for you just have to give all the fish you shoot to the boat. we would probably leave brandon at 5:30 and get to his boat on anna maria island around 5:45- 6ish then leave once the boat is loaded. we would be back at the dock no later than 7 but more like 5. that way we can all get back home before it is too late. if it is a really calm weekend we might be able to talk tom into doing a 2 day trip and go after some huge mangos or fat gags also. it is up to him though. lets try to get a good turn out for this guy he is a good friend of mine and knows fishing better than anyone else i've met. if we can really produce for him he might be inclined to take us out on a regular basis for some outstanding grouper and snapper fishing and shooting. we could really have some fun out there with this guy. he has put me on some amazing fish and lobster out there.
01-16-2003, 07:37 PM
sign me up.
I'll let the G-man know too! ;)
01-16-2003, 07:51 PM
If g-bag is going I aint done had my close encounter. Fish killa are the any desent motels in that area I have never been there and we are really interested.
01-16-2003, 07:51 PM
Sounds like a HOOT! Keep us posted.:D
01-16-2003, 07:58 PM
yes anna maria has some really nice places to stay at or you could stay up here in brandon at my house. either way there is plenty of places for you to crash. look up anna maria, bradenton fl and you might be able to find some info online
01-16-2003, 08:23 PM
Sounds like a regular flounder slaying good time!!
01-16-2003, 08:37 PM
authentic flounder pounder signed by the g-man for sale or trade.........
do you use a gun or sling?
or are they like Frank's grouper and you just sweep them up with a broom.....
01-16-2003, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by seastalker
do you use a gun or sling?
For massed flounder and schools of triggers the best bet is twin pole spears. Long one has an oversize head with no flip barb for shooting. The other has a a small point and large flip barb for stringing. Triggers string through the eyes, flounder string between the eyes. 2 to 3 feet of fish thickness stacked up on one pole is a load though. DO NOT loose control of the stringing spear if you have triggers on it!
01-17-2003, 01:20 AM
real men stick em with just their dive knife.... i say we have a competition... who can string the most flounders on one dive... who wants to throw five bucks into the pool just to make things interesting?
01-17-2003, 07:41 AM
Sounds like a fun trip.....I'm in.
Ahhhh the ellusive flounder......:D
Gbag says they are very difficult to shoot because of their incredible speed and stealth:rolleyes:
01-17-2003, 08:27 AM
I'm in for the $5. It will be a decent pot with 15-20 shooters. dive knives and pole spears? **** that, I'm using a speargun laser and .44 powerhead.:D
01-17-2003, 09:45 AM
Let me oil up my powerhead.
01-17-2003, 10:22 AM
Not sure about stringing the triggers through the eyes, leaves those teeth exposed. I prefer to run the stringer through the gill, and out the teeth (they can bite my steel stringer, if they have any life left).
01-17-2003, 02:40 PM
Triggers strung on a pole spear through the eyes now have the teeth locked at 90° to your hand. Provided you maintain control of the shaft you have absolute control of the teeth. Shot to shot time with this method can be as short as 10 seconds once you get the timing down.
DO NOT let the stringing pole get anywhere near you at exit! That is where folks who are not accustomed to the method get sloppy. When the diver gets sloppy bites happen.
OTOH bites from reasonable size triggers will leave neat conversation piece quarter size hemispherical depression scars...
01-17-2003, 03:15 PM
I'm sure you would pee a drop if one bit you. I've had them take some serious chunks of meat out of fish on my ring.
01-17-2003, 04:26 PM
powerhead all you want but by the time you reload your tip i'll be well on my way to flounder number 5 and 6. the 5 dollar pool will be won by the diver who collects the most legal sized flounder. let the games begin.
01-17-2003, 06:01 PM
dude, you know i was kidding right? i have a little 36" biller. i wonder if that would be the weapon of choice other than a pole spear. i have never shot a flounder before, do they really just sit there?
01-17-2003, 11:29 PM
actually you can usually just get away with a shaft. it's sick. this truely is shooting fish in a barrel. ( even easier than shooting reef zombies, i know that is hard to believe but it is true )
01-18-2003, 12:49 PM
Would be interested in weekday trips if other shooters join innnnnnn.
01-18-2003, 03:04 PM
Let me know. I'll bring my little pneumatic gun.
01-19-2003, 11:45 AM
weekday trips might work if there are enough divers to go out with the captain. he's a commercial fisherman so he doesn't make a paycheck unless he goes out there. i'll keep everyone informed.
01-28-2003, 10:11 AM
Count me in fishkilla, if there's room. I could do a weekday trip as well. It's right down the road from me. Matter of fact, if anybody needs a place to stay I've got room for one, two if one of you don't mind sleeping on a loveseat.
01-28-2003, 03:36 PM
The weekend shot would be awesome it would make it easier for me to come all that way, can probably get about six or eight from here to go.
01-28-2003, 10:30 PM
awesome... i'll keep everyone informed. when the flounders show up we will start going as many times as the weather permits.
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