Michigan Jim and Family in the photo about caught some fish. Lots of mackerel with enough snapper volunteering for a meal. Mom caught the biggest fish even though she was stuck with video duty most of the trip. Other than a few, "Are we there yets?", the kids seem to have enjoyed spending the day in my backyard with me and Chris. I did mess up and leave fish biting in hopes of bigger critters, which was not my smartest idea of the week, but was able to redeem myself with another fast mackerel bite and the ever present mystery fish that got away.
We fished on the yellow boat since the new to Chris Sea Vee is still getting a topside helm rigged. The yellow boat, Walkabout, fishes fine, but its maneuverability is a little limited for chasing those mystery fishes.
Chicago Joe motivated my post by busting my chops for delaying his reading material. He is scheduled for the last of December and is looking for anybody that may want to split a trip or two while he is down. Since his kids have discovered the opposite sex, his fishing partners are beginning to get scheduled for fun adventures like shopping and other less masculine endeavors like napping on the beach.
My designated videographer, Michigan Rachael, slayer of the larger Mackerel, promised to post her video evidence on Youtube so I can embed them in this or a new post. So you video fan have hopes of videos with something more entertaining than my thumb and the deck to watch.
For Mackerel lovers, the bite is good, not red hot, but you can limit out on fish up to six pounds with the average around 2 pounds. Bait is getting thicker in the Bay but still no sign of the Black Tip sharks that follow the big bait push. So thing are getting close to the peak.
The new young captains out of the Seven Mile Marina had a play day yesterday and released 8 sailfish. So that bite is pretty hot. The reef is doing its thing and the braver souls that venture well offshore are bring in good catches of dolphin for this time of year. Tarpon are still slow, which is normal, they start more toward mid January, but you still have a decent shot with the resident fish.
The 7-milemarina webcamis available for anyone wishing to snoop or verify catches. I couldn't get the link to work, but it does most of the time. I will be posting boat pictures with rates for various fishing adventures pretty soon. Stay tuned!
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