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hauptjm posted 04-30-2001 04:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
The market has been trying, my clients don't know what to do and I've got the worst case of spring fever that I've ever had. In the South, you go fishing. I'm hearing everyone waiting to do their first fish, and I'm feeling guilty. We fish year-round. I'm not saying we don't have our share of problems, but as far as boating goes, it's a 12 month season. Friday, I hit one of my favorite spots out of the Myrtle Grove Marina, 28 miles south of New Orleans. Boat in the water at 11:00am, we hit our first stop at 11:45am. Two of us on board, 83 degrees with virtually no humidity (very rare for these parts), and a soft 7kts. of breeze. Two hours later, pick up anchor and head home with a dozen and a half, 2-3lb. Speckle Trout. Beautiful fish with the whitest filets you'll ever see. Home by 3:30pm., filet the fish, start cooking at 6:00pm with an ice cold Heiniken. A great meal, a happy bride and son, and a new outlook for work on Monday. Who needs a shrink!
Makonut posted 04-30-2001 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Good going Jim! I'm in Los Angeles area, and if any fishermen are in the area, I received a white seabass alert a few days ago. 30 to 50lb class off the west end of Catalina and the backside. Because of the market Jim, I can't get away! But if someone takes the "bait" and brings back a few, I do have a freezer aboard! (limit on white sea bass is one til tomorrow, then double it)

ps..I need side rails for a 73 13' sport. need rod holder support. Market left me a few bucks to buy. Any available?

andygere posted 05-01-2001 02:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The salomon bite in Monterey Bay has been gangbusters almost every day during the past two weeks......that is except the last 2 Sundays when I've gone out. The local bait shop internet report is always the same on Monday mornings: "The bite really slowed down on Sunday after terrific action and plenty of limits on Saturday...." You get the idea. Once again the whale watching was great, with a beautiful humback surfacing just feet away from my Montauk. Was he looking for a long lost cousin?
dougs posted 05-01-2001 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for dougs  Send Email to dougs     
Good thing your were in your Montauk, he might have been looking for ... Revenge!


Doug Sowles
Portland, Oregon

lhg posted 05-01-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Andy - aren't you whale watchers afraid the humpback is going to surface UNDER your boat?

Often wondered about that possiblity, or are they too smart.

Tom W Clark posted 05-02-2001 12:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Whales are that smart! They know exactly where you are. I've been next to gray whales in Puget Sound in my 12' Lund and touched them (once). They are incredibly gentle animals.

By the way, federal law requires whale watchers or anybody to stay 100 yards clear of whales. (it was in 1982 and I honestly didn't know)

andygere posted 05-05-2001 04:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Fishless streak broken! Caught a few small rainbows flyfishing with a friend on Stevens Creek tonight. Tiny little Whaler needed.
kingfish posted 05-05-2001 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Back home in the midwest now, but in early April caught some nice black grouper over a man-made reef 12 miles out from Tybee Island, GA, and had a *big* sea-turtle surface next to me. Also played (followed) about a sixty-lb ocean sunfish I snagged 3 or 4 miles out at the mouth of the Savannah River Channel (Tybee Road). Will soon be wetting the hook in Lake Michigan, I hope.
kamml posted 05-07-2001 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
First saltwater fishing trip this season. Went out off Tybee Ga. for the first time in the Montauk on Saturday. First time this boat was ever in saltwater.

After some problems getting a key for the Merc - Wife uses purse to store key, I use boat box. 150 miles later I discover the difference. Key went from purse to top of dressor. Boat box went in to truck, sans key on dressor. Now, I have key, boat box has key and wife has spare key. Live and learn.

Anyway just east of Tybee about a mile out, I had 8 hookups in 2 hours. Landed 6, 5 black tip and one hammer head. 2 broke the 50 lb leader. Small sharks, 3 footers, but what fun on the outgoing tide just of the channel edge on the shelf in 14' of water. I still have lat/lon on the spot if anyone is interested.

Yes I used carbon steel hooks and released all. But what a great day, even if it was short.

Wife and daughter had to go eat at Harbor Town, Europa cafe, and with 6:oo reservations I had to pull anchor around 2:30.

Sure wish I could do it again this weekend. Well lesson learned, verify status of boat key before leaving house. Oh yeah, and get bigger net (previously used gaff, but I don't want injure fish that I will release).


Ed Stone posted 05-07-2001 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I caught a small shark trolling in the ship
channel of Tampa bay two weeks ago.
This past sunday I thought my bad luck had changed,I had a great hit trolling a bubba
jig in 80ft. of water. When I finally got
the grouper up something bit 3/4 of the fish off.This was a good size grouper,the head alone would barely fit in a 5 gal. bucket.
Ed Stone

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