We headed offshore in what was a little different conditions that were experienced on land today. I don't know exactly why, but it was a little more "sporty" than expected or predicted.
It was a tough way to start the new charter season off, but it "whipped" me into shape real fast. I was challenged with finding biting fish in not only rough seas but also in cold water.
The warmest water I found yesterday was 53 degrees and I was well past the Tower on the SW side.
Capt Chris and I were fishing with Troy Hamm, Victor "Papa Vic", Kerwin Steele, Randall Knapp, Mark Flemings from Fayetteville,NC and Bryan Gedeaux from Maryland.
Not only was the conditions less that preferable, (rough seas and cold weater) I was also faced with a "screaming current".
I guess going fishing offshore more years than you want to admit has its advantages, we caught some limits of the biggest Black Bass of the year, Grey Snappers about as big as they get, Huge Pinkies(silver snapper), two "door mat" flounders, sharks out the ying yang, and as for the grouper, today they all won the fight.
There were some big grouper hooked up. Some got back to the rocks and some others came unhooked about half way up.
The ones that got back to the rocks, there is no way to tell how big they were. But, the ones that came un-hooked about half way to the surface had the 50 lb. class rods bent almost doubled over.
Just a short note as to how the new Chris Craft did in the seas yesterday.
I was riding in yesterday evening thinking about the way she was handling the 3 to 5 foot cross sea. Everyone was comfortable and dry, and with that, I realized that all the money and work I put into her the last 5 months will soon be forgotten and we will be fishing this year, as Ed Griffin put it, "In a new caddy"
Yes, I had a tough and extremely expensive year last year. But by the grace and favor of God we are back bigger and better than before, still at the old rates, and ready to go fishing with you.
I and my wife Barbara along with Capt Chris will keep all of you in our prayers that God will lighten these tough times we are in right now and place His favor on you all!!!!
Hopefully you can go fishing soon, till next time remember, God Loves You and wants you to prosper, just give Him a chance to show you!!!