Captain’s Blog – January 22, 2010 – Marathon Florida Keys – The Smith family from the Buffalo area added a fishing charter to their annual vacation to Coco Plum Beach and Tennis Club.
Dad John enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the water with three lovely ladies – his daughter-in-law Lesley, wife Suzanne and daughter Katie (left to right in the photo) . I took them to some of my favorite patch reefs for some snapper action, and we weren’t disappointed. Despite having quite a few fish “upgraded,” we caught tons of snapper, released a lot and kept 18 mangrove up to 18″ and 3 lane. A hogfish and 3 Spanish mackerel filled out the fish box.
We also caught and released a large number of red, gag and black grouper – so many that I lost count. The grouper were so aggressive, they came right up to the boat and stole many of our snappers. We also had a whopper of a kingfish at the boat, but he made his escape just in the nick of time.
John and Suzanne’s son – Lesley’s husband – was deployed to the Gulf by the Navy today, so we wish him luck and a speedy return to his family.