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Inshore and Offshore Weekend - Florida


phade

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Hunting partner and I flew down to Florida for a long weekend of fishing and visiting with my father who lives in Stuart.

Day 1 was an inshore half day charter. We went out of Jensen Beach and landed 25 or so fish but a really wide variety. Four snook which was our personal goal as none of us had caught one before. My dad caught a Goliath Grouper - thankfully not one of 500lb size ones. But still a really nice specimen. Hit like a ton of bricks.

And my hunting partner also caught a 25lb jack cravelle that put up a really good fight with runs into a mangrove along million dollar homes on the water. Made for a really exciting retrieval. It was burning line off the reel a few times.

We also loaded up on mangrove and lane snapper, blue runners, etc. enough for a few meals.

 

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Day 2 of offshore was much more challenging. Really tough weather conditions with major waves. As a result the trolling was miserable results wise. Two Bonita with one getting claimed by the taxman.

Moved to bottom fishing as a salvage. Caught mutton, Lane, Vermillion and Mangrove snapper. I caught a nice gray triggerfish. Plus a few other species.

Flew home yesterday and whooped. Will plan on going again next year at this time - probably extend the trip a day to make it less rushed. Still had a blast.

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