Captain Jerry impatiently waits for this trip every year, amped up he was pacing the dock on Friday thinking about the big ones out there, waiting to scarf down our tasty baits and become tasty filets! The tide at departure time was crazy low because of the super moon this weekend, The Gulfstar slipped out quietly and made her way to the first stop at 160 ft, and it was GAME ON!!!! Mangos, Grouper, Jacks, Black-fin Tuna, Jumbo Hogfish Cubera Snapper and some Mutton snapper up to 20 lbs, flying over the rail, fisherman screaming GAFF!!! WOW what a first stop!. Ande R got the Cubera snapper and Jim H captured the big mutton and a real nice Black-fin Tuna. The bite on the first stop just kept going until the next morning. The boat fished its way south, bouncing hard bottom getting massive Scamp and Red Grouper all day also releasing lots of jumbo Red Snapper and Gag Grouper. Carlos B wrestled a Giant Amberjack coming in at just over 60 lbs, to the deck along with a few others. The second night spot produced great as well, Flag Yellow tail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Black-fin Snapper, Speckled Hind Grouper, Bar-jacks and whole lot of other stuff. 83 yr old Sargent Bill Hines had a great trip getting some muttons, scamps, yellowtails and some jacks. Captain Jerry had to re-anchor a couple of times during the night due to the current changing direction and speed. What a special trip this turned out to be this year, the weather was great the fishing was awesome and lifelong memories were made. We did expect a few more jumbo Jacks to come aboard this trip, but most were 20-30 lbs. but over all it was awesome. I was at the dock when the boat got back looking at all the fish. The pictures don’t tell the whole story… I missed a real good one.
The Gulfstar is out on dry-dock right now we are sand blasting the bottom, getting the propellers balanced, changing shaft bearings and repainting the bottom with 2 coats an epoxy barrier then two coats of antifouling paint . The Coast guard came and did the required Dry-dock hull inspection yesterday with us and we found no problems at all. We should be back in the water on Monday if all the painting goes well. We are working with the Coast guard to get the approval to put the canvas over the cockpit, I think we will have it resolved soon.
Red Snapper season is almost here!!! call Libby and Melissa and book a trip before the season ends!!!