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Date posted February 10, 2008 9:21 AM
Posted by baywatch
Report location New York > Shinnecock > Captiva/ Sanibel Reefs
Fishing method Boat
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Got out with a few friends and this one( Captain Chick) made up the report. Hope it warms you up a bit.:)



Princess, along with captains Charlie & Bill picked me & uncle Nick up at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club with the Princess 111 Contender. Our plan was to run far offshore to catch some quality Snapper & Grouper. The forcast was for two foot seas but after checking the sea conditions outside the Sanibel lighthouse we decided to run the inside to Redfish Pass.



We started offshore out of Redfish pass finding unfavorable sea conditions. Stopped about 15 miles out at Sherman's reef which was not very productive, hoping that seas would calm down. No such luck as we continued offshore to a hard bottom area about another five miles, where we caught a bunch of short Red & Gag grouper and then made the decision, rather than go further offshore to head to some near shore areas.



Shortly after getting to our first stop everyone started catching Gag Grouper up to 25" as well as a nice keeper Mangrove Snapper. Uncle Nick no sooner mentioning seeing a File fish under his dock, caught one, which was a funny looking but interesting fish. Nick said that they made good aquarium pets. If Louie was on board he would have wanted to eat the little fellow, but we took a photo and then released him.



We moved around the area within a couple of miles, catching more Gags. Of course Princess had the hot hand landing fish on the several rods that she had in the water, including mine. That was okay, because I enjoyed watching her bring them to the boat. We also caught some Trigger fish, Porgies and a ton of Grunts. The circus really began when three of our anglers hooked Goliath Groupers. All running in different directions, what a sight. I happened to have one on a rod that I was moving out of the way for someone else. These fish are very powerful and run up to about 500 lbs. They are plentiful and like to eat any fish that you may have on for bait or that you may have hooked up. For someone that has never caught a large fish like that, it is quite an experience, but for me it is a back breaker and I would rather watch someone else do the heavy work. Time to leave the fishing to the Goliaths that moved in.



The seas had laid down enough to get us back to the marina in no time as I had the Contender cruising about 40 mph. The Princess 111 will be "TEAM ENVIRONMENTAL" vessel this coming SKA tournament season. All had a fun day with friends and they kept a couple of Gags for dinner. CAPT CHICK/"IN HOT PURSUIT"







TEAM ENVIRONMENTAL

"IN HOT PURSUIT"

CAPT CHICK MELFI







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