Thanks Gene for the Crak Shak doormat.
Its been a LONG time everyone! I wonder if this old Google blog still works? I know that Google was updating their blog platform and I can see from this new design format that things are quite different. Since I only had three people who actually read my blog, I wonder if they will still get automatically emailed from this new format? I read in 2020 that Google's old blogger email publishing vehicle (the one I was using) was going to be sunsetted, so I'm guessing it is entirely possible that I may be writing this particular post for nobody. Oh well, I still enjoy reading my own blog. :-)
Obviously, it hasn't been two years since I have fished; I think I would explode if that happened, but things definitely slowed down during the crappy COVID pandemic. Then, the boat was broken for about 8 months because I couldn't get parts due to the crappy supply chain problems. Who knows what problems will be next? Baby formula problems?
On the boat today are: Dave Marowski, his son Ryan (his birthday), my daughter Delaney, her boyfriend Caleb and some of my Ultimate Frisbee friends, Coia, Zack and Tom. Today's weather calls for clear skies. Okay, then why the hell are these water spouts sprouting up everywhere around us. Weatherpersons! Water spouts aren't going to scare me/us away from fishing though, besides, they are behind us, where we just left - in Panacea. I'm not headed that way. We're headed 40 miles offshore to V Tower. NO chance there is bad weather out there, right?!
Two water spouts. You can see where the one on the right is actually hitting the water. Part of me has always wondered what it would be like to be underneath one while I'm on a boat. No, really!
We stop at Oar Reef and catch a small gag grouper while trolling. Unfortunately, he isn't large enough to keep and even if he was, we are heading into Federal waters. Gag grouper are only open in State waters right now - not Federal. I made that mistake once - not again. I get boarded a LOT by FWC.
We arrive at V Tower after 2 hours. My/our biggest problem is that we only have about 12 pinfish on board. AmberJack LOVE pinfish! There are 8 people on board, so we are going to go through pinfish very quickly. Fortunately, with the pinfish we DO have, we start catching Amber quickly. Ryan even catches a large Snapper using a vertical jig. I can't say I've ever seen that. Here are a few pictures: