He must have been thirsty!
Today we went out on a friends boat. The crew included Mike Causey, Mike D'Angelo, Ron Smith and Bob Slattery. Although the weather up to the morning was supposed to be bad, it turned out to be a wonderful day. We caught the first fish in 40' of water off a deep line and it ended up being 36 inches. The second fish was a 28.5 incher. Ended up with just the two, some sun, and a great feeling from all the beer. The author even took a 45 minute snooze to get back in the game.
Much better start today. Had all the essentials and had gotten the skunk off the boat the day before. Had 6 people on the boat today – 4 of them were ages 16 and under. The “fish dances” helped spark the first pulldown around 7:45 this morning. The fish ended up being undersized (only 24”), but Cam still enjoyed bring it in. The only keeper of the day was also caught around the same time on the dummy line. This one was a 36 incher. Today was about the kids, and I think they all had a blast. Singing, dancing and the two younger boys wanting to wrestle with the 15 and 16 year old girls. Caught one more throwback around 10:30 while crossing the shipping channel heading towards R86. Winds picked up and we decided to pack it in around noon.
Although we felt well prepared for opening day, it started out pretty rough. Forgot the camera and it took nearly 6 hours to land the first fish – 32”. Got it at 11:45 traveling west in about 41’ of water just south of the G1 buoy on one of the deep lines. The weather was beautiful and the seas were calm. People were either doing well or not catching anything. The bay looked like a highway during rush hour. One member of the team didn’t make the boat and he was in charge of the food, so the barley and hops seemed a bit more potent. Caught a 29” fish around 1:30 off a double tandem in slightly shallower water than the first.
Fishmas Eve celebrations are 17 April 2009 at 6 pm at Mayo Ridge Marina.
Happy Easter! We left the deck around 6:45 am (we were up early hunting for eggs!) and returned to the dock around 8:30 am. It was cold and windy with seas about 2-3 feet. There were white caps evident. We caught 1 fish in the same area as on 4/5. The fish hit the deep 9" white and hooked by both main and stinger. We unhooked the fish and returned him to the water without a picture.
We left the dock at 7:30 am and were back at the dock by 10:00 am. We found a school of fish in 40-50 feet of water on the west side of the fishing channel in between G1 & G85a can. We caught 5 fish in progression traveling east over school only. Fish 1 and 2 where on the white billy bar. Fish 3 was on a chartreuse umbrella. Fish 4 was on the dummy line. The last fish was on the deep chartreuse tandem and swallowed the bait. Cameron had to put his arm down the fish's throat to about his elbow to de-hook the fish. Thank goodness for a fearless 8 year old first mate! We returned the fish immediately to the water to give it the best chance to survive. Thankfully the fish swam away under it's own power.
We left about 7 am. This was the first trip of the year to see where the fish were. I started at Thomas Point Lighthouse - Brickhouse Bar, Bloody Point and back to G1. there was minimal marking until almost back to where I started. I caught one fish between G1 and Bloody Point in about 40 feet of water (white billy bar farthest out). We returned home around 12:30.
Fishing season has yet to start. The season officially begins on April 18th. The rods are rigged. The boat is currently in the shop getting some structural work done. As we get closer we'll post what we are doing to et ready for the fishing season. When the season gets started we'll share what we catch along with loads of photos on the photo page and what we're doing with the fishiness!! Stayed tuned for a great season!!
The fishermen of our home are Mike (Dad) and Cameron (the boy). They both love to be out on the water and it's wonderful that they share that with each other.
Pictures can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.