Captain’s Blog – January 8, 2010 – Marathon Florida Keys – I’m not sure what attracts the newlyweds to SeaSquared, but we sure do get a lot of them!
Lynda and Zach Granoff were celebrating their nuptials with a stay at Coco Plum Beach and Tennis Club and added a fishing trip to their adventures. I’ve lost count, but the Granoffs must be at least the dozenth – or so – couple who has fished with me during their Florida Keys honeymoon.
Our intent was to catch a sailfish or two and round out the day with something they could enjoy for dinner. So, our first stop was a patch reef where we attempted to get some ballyhoo, but they eluded us. We did catch four hogfish on shrimp, including three keepers. Hogfish is primarily caught by spearfishing rather than rod and reel (except on the SeaSquared!). It is one of the most delicious of all the species we catch in the Keys, and a hogfish dinner typically goes for $24.95 and up at local restaurants.
We also caught small yellowtail and a couple of porgies. Using plugs and small jigs, we put a bunch of cero mackerel in the box too.We then moved to the reef edge to fish for the bigger yellowtail. There was very little current and the wind was light and variable, which always causes the boat to swing around. Despite some opposition from the bull sharks, Lynda and Zach landed eight ‘tails in the two- to three-pound range, with the largest flag coming in at about four pounds.
Back at the dock, the Granoffs enjoyed the warmest and sunniest day of the week as I cleaned their fish. I sent them off with two nice bags of fillets, and they planned to have the hogfish cooked for dinner at Castaway. They left the mackerel with me. Those of you who have been following this blog know the macks will be on the smoker tomorrow!
Just like Peter and Becca Krause, who fished with me on their honeymoon in 2008 and returned earlier this week, I hope to see the Granoffs again for many more fishing trips! Christy and I wish them tons of happiness in their life’s journey together!