Capt. Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters, December 29, 2010
Although Scott Douglas and his sons, Christopher and Andrew, have fished with us many times, this trip produced some firsts for the crew.
We started the day on the humps in Hawk Channel where the gang caught some snapper and released a few short grouper. Chris caught his first hogfish, just a tad too short to make it back to the dock.
We moved to the reef, where Chris caught a Spanish hogfish and his first sheepshead. A member of the porgy family, the sheepshead stands far above the others in the clan in popularity due to its potentially large size and delicious fillets. Scott, Chris and Andrew continued to catch their limit of yellowtail snapper in the 14-inch range and large mangrove snapper going about four pounds. Cero and Spanish mackerel rounded out the catch and went straight to the smoker.