The fishing was great. We got to my spot at 8:30 am, dropped the jigs and got a triple hook up on AJs so we had our limit on AJs. We stayed to play with the AJs for a bit and while jigging for AJs, we got our limit of gags on vertical jigs all before 9:30 am. We moved to another spot of mine nearby to try for some red grouper. We boated one 20 inch red and about 10 more gags before the AJs showed up again. We moved 3 more times and every move produced fat gags and AJs. Most of the AJ schools were holding fish between 30-35 pounds that's a little bigger than the normal 20-25 pound fish we catch.
One spot we hit we got into a school of Almaco jacks and most were foul hooked because of there small mouths. By 2 pm we probably boated over 100 AJs and at least 30 keeper gags, but of course we could only keep 2 each. I hooked into a beast that took me almost 20 minutes to land (most AJs are boated in well under 5 minutes). I knew he was going to be a trophy fish when I got my first look at him about 15 minutes after I hooked him. We got him on the boat and we put him on the scale. That 72 pound AJ was big boy but Bill had one on bigger than that. He got his next to the boat twice for a good look and after a long run the fish finally broke him off. The day was awesome. I have caught a bunch of AJs in my life but I don't think I have ever pulled that many in the boat in a single day. It was a great way to end the grouper season.
THE BIG BOY