Fishing Report December 8, 2017
This was a fine trip with a bunch of guys who often fish the Mad Son. They included Dale, Bob, Harvey, & Simon. I had Jimmy Lee going, but he had to work. Simon got his spot. Raman was supposed to go, but slept through his alarm. That happens.
When I arrived at the marina, there were a lot more cars in the parking lot than normal. There was a sailfish tournament going on, with the start at 7:00. On the way to the inlet, we passed several million dollars worth of sport-fishing boats, with 6 or 8 guys on each one. Some were geared up to troll, others for live-bating with kites. We were in the inlet at 7:00, and it looked like we were on a NASCAR track for boats.
Captain George took us out to about 130 feet for our first drift. The bottom bite did not quite match what it was on Saturday, but it was not bad. Early on, I hooked a good sized fish, & was hoping throughout the battle that it was finally a keeper grouper. It turned out to be an African Pompano, which is right up there with grouper in the table fare department. Except that it was an inch & a half short. About five minutes later, Bob caught one that was 3 inches longer.
We all caught quite a few fish, however, the vast majority of them were too short to keep. We probably released 30 mutton snappers & a dozen or more red groupers, and a black grouper. Most of our yellowtails were short as well, and we caught over a dozen keepers. I should say they, not we…I managed to put one yellowtail on ice pretty much right at the end of the trip.
I really did not mind not getting the groceries this trip The last several trips have been very good to me in that regard. This was a very enjoyable trip with a great bunch of guys. Thanks to Captain George & young James for jobs well done. The next exciting deep-sea adventure will be Friday morning. ~~Greg~~