The crew had a lot of fun but it is a lot of work. I normally sit out the party boat mode since I just have a six pack, but Captain David called me up to be a second mate. We had nine healthy sized anglers, plenty of beer, a bottle of Jack and a bottle of Crown that got broke open about 9 O'clock.
Other than having to convince the crew that fish do have musical preferences, they mainly like old school music, the trip went well. Unfortunately, we were cursed with the damn nears, as in damn near legal grouper and hogfish. Releasing 23.75 inch Black Grouper broke a few hearts.
The Hogfish and Porgie bite was a bit off but we managed about 8 "high dollar" fish with the party boat staple grunts making up the bulk of the box. Several sharks made the biggest impact on the crew and a Bonnet Head made in the box for appetizers.
Since most of the crew were active duty Army guys from south Florida, grits and grunts wasn't foreign vitals. Old school grits and grunts call for whole scaled fish which is a bit time consuming but we didn't mind cleaning their catch in the proper manner instead of gringo style.
For anyone wondering, a half day party boat style trip on the Lady Catherine is $700 which works out to $70 a head with 10 passengers. Since we don't do the ticket thing, customers are responsible for assembling crews and it is a good idea to make reservations in advance. As always tips are appreciated, but if we suck we suck some that is your way of letting us know. We didn't suck this trip and a few even mentioned that they had more fun on this trip than most other trips they have been on.
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