Three friends share two days of great Florida Keys fishing

Walt Moss, Steve and Austin Doll put together a couple of great catches.

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report – Captain Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters – November 22 & 24, 2010

Walt Moss, of Vinton VA, rented a vacation home in Marathon for Thanksgiving week and booked three days of fishing with us.  He invited his friend, Steve Doll, and Steve’s son, Austin, along on two of the trips. 

I’m not kidding when I say conditions were sporty on our first outing.  But the guys toughed it out and put together a great catch. 

We hit four spots in Hawk Channel.  They brought back plenty of mangrove, lane, yellowtail and mutton snapper and two red grouper to about seven pounds.  Numerous just short grouper were returned to the sea to be caught another day – gag, black, red and scamp.  Three nice size hogfish were the highlight of the catch, and the crew took them to Lazy Days for cook-your-catch.  When I couldn’t get the anchor to hold on the fifth spot, we called it a day.

Day two was spent in the Gulf.  This outing produced a limit of mangrove snapper and a 20-pound gag grouper (in addition to many short gags).  Austin had a blast wrestling with a 40-pound Goliath grouper on a 12-pound rod. 

We also tagged and released four cobia for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research project.  It’s always a treat to get your tag report back somewhere down the road to find out where that cobia ended up and how big it got.

Here’s a photo gallery from the two days of fishing …

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