Fighting Mother Nature
After another lull in trips, which happened to fall during a period of no rain and calm seas, my next trip out was on Tuesday, when rain hung over the gulf, and winds and seas picked up, causing some pretty rough conditions.
But long-time customer, Jim Dean, along with his son, Jeremy, headed out 22 miles with me anyway, where they used pinfish to catch a 21-inch keeper red grouper, releasing 10 smaller ones. They used live shrimp to add a 14-inch porgy and two keeper lane snapper to the fish box, and they released eight lane shorts.
Fighting the goliaths
Jim Dean fished with me again Wednesday, following a full over-night of thunderstorms. By early morning, there remained only some residual scattered rains over the gulf, and seas had calmed, compared with their levels the day before.
Jim decided to risk getting wet in order to go after some big fish to fight. It never did rain in the spots we fished, mostly about 20 miles west of New Pass.
And, Jim definitely got the battles and adrenaline surges he was seeking. He battled a tiger shark that was over 10 feet long for about an hour, after it bit on a crevalle jack.
Of course, my Go-Pro camera malfunctioned, or I'd have had some great video of that. But Jim was wearing a Go-Pro the entire time, and we are hoping he got some good footage that he can send my way. Jim also released three goliath grouper, with estimated weights of 50 pounds, 100 pounds, and 400 pounds. Those also bit on crevalle jacks. Jim is likely to feel those catches on his arm muscles for a few days!