Offshore Pictures from Sat Feb 2
went offshore sat feb 2 out of steinhatchee.
day started out about 35 deg. slight breeze from north east seas 2' with an occasional 3 footer to wake you up. first stop for live bait. got about 3-4 doz squirrelfish.if you have never had the chance to remove sabiki rig hooks from squirrelfish with frozen fingers, give it a try sometime, it is a blast. i left my small de-hooker at the house. that won't happen again
some dolphins came up and put on a show for us on the ride out.
we caught a few keepers and a lot of throw back groupers early then slammed 'em hard on the afternoon bite. we never really got them to bite good until almost 2:00pm. we could see plenty of fish on the bottom machine all morning but they were very stubborn.that all changed once the sun got up good.
the gag bite got good in the afternoon. we no doubt could have got a limit on keeper gags if we had an extra hour of fishing time.
we caught some very respectable red grouper. i've never caught many red grouper when the water temp is in the 50's but we wore them out.we had a bunch of keeper size red grouper that had to be released because we had our limit.
also had to throw back a 15+ lb red snapper.he was a brute. i could almost smell the butter and blackening seasoning as we threw him back.
stopped by a wreck for a little while so we could tighten our spools on some AJ's and they were more than happy to answer the call.
we had several chinese firedrills with multiple hookups on the wreck.i lost count of the throwback aj's. we only kept one for the grill.
seas laid down to less than 2' for the two hour ride back in. hit the dock just in time to watch the sunset on the gulf after a fine day of fishing.
Total fish brought to the dock were: 11 gag, 6 red and 1 aj
18 fish. 196lbs total weight. Not too bad for Feb.
1st pic is of a dolphin following the boat.
2nd pic is of me with a red and gag grouper
3rd is me w/red grouper
4th my brother and i