Friday, December 30, 2011
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
We ran a little bit south and out to around 120 feet of water and started setting up the kites and put a few flat lines out as well. Within 10 minutes of getting all the baits out we had a double header with 2 nice size sails that we released at the boat. A little while after that we watched a King Fish skyrocket on our far kite bait, and also caught a few skip jack tuna’s. Then the sail bite really turned on, during the next hour and a half we hooked 6 more sails, bringing 4 of them to the boat. After that we decided it was time to head in because it was so rough and 2 of the people on the boat were feeling seasick.
Even though not all of us were feeling so well by the end, we we’re all really happy we went out anyway and had an awesome time catching sails.
Capt. George Cheshier
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This past week just before the onset of the most current chilly weather set itself down upon Florida I was able to sneak out and do some diving to capture some pics that will hopefully carry us through the winter and remind us that there is still something amazing down there below the surface to dream about and we need only grab a wetsuit and grit our teeth a bit to enjoy it.
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The first picture is of a mature male Hogfish. These guys are one of the wildest looking fish in the ocean and one of the best eating as well making them a favorite catch from North Carolina to Venezuela. They eat small shrimp and crustaceans and despite their numbers are rarely caught on hook and line so the only way to land them is usually by spearfishing or Fish Traps which have luckily been banned in most places we visit.
They have a few different color phases but this white with black markings is one of the coolest to see so I was lucky to be in the right place and get some good shots before he was on his way.
All these pics were taken while freediving in 45' of water. I was laying on the bottom waiting for the fish to come to me and as you can see from the pics, if you are patient enough they will present themselves proudly displaying their fins and markings to the world.
Amazing fish and one that is a symbol of Spearfishing in Florida. More pics to come.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Anglers in the Fall Marlin Classic caught and released close to a hundred marlin in this 3 day event with two blue marlin to 400lbs caught during the tournament. Day one was flat water and hot fishing, with Team Blue Fin and Team Lowrance running neck in neck. Day two the wind picked up, very unusual for early November but our NW & Alaska anglers battled through as it was still anyone’s tournament to win and what the heck, wind, not like that’s an issue back home fishing. The final fishing day was again on some great flat Sea of Cortez water but tougher fishing. All the teams fought it out and it was still great overall catch numbers once again this year.
Here are the final results and we look forward to seeing you all again next November. For More tournament pictures Click Here
1st Place-Team Blue Fin- 2800 points
2nd Place-Team Lowrance-1825 points
3rd Place Team-Bill Fighter-1725 points
Largest Dorado was caught by Jerry Henderson 27lbs
Largest Wahoo was caught by Merca Azghr 37lbs
After the first day of offshore fishing we held our first Shoreline Derby Beach Fishing Competition in front of the resort with 19 anglers taking part.
1st Place: Mark Douglas
2nd Place Tie: Dan Groff & Mike Sheridan
Team Tee Shirt Competition was won by: A Trio of English Gentleman
We would also like to thank our 2011 sponsors: Van Wormer Resorts, Salt Life, Lowrance, Scotty, Ballyhood, Kone Zone, Silver Horde, 4 Wheel Parts, Pro-Troll, Snachin Lips Custom Fishing Rods.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Watching the sunset every afternoon on the St Johns and taking people to catch reds until their arms hurt from reeling- is my Salt Life.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
FIrst Place Winner $1500 ~ Rick Thacker 8.29
Second Place Winner $750 ~ Ray McCauley 5.89
Third Place Winner $500 ~ Randy Kight 5.67
Fourth Place Winner $350 ~ Robert Dykes 5.47
Fifth Place Winner $200 ~ Rich Kersey 5.45
3 FISH AGGREGATE:
FIrst Place Winner $1500 ~ David Merry 15.42
Second Place Winner $750 ~ Ben Dodd 14.03
Third Place Winner $500 ~ Bill Kelly 12.81
Fourth Place Winner $350 ~ Kevin Mears 12.68
Fifth Place Winner $200 ~John English 12.38
FIrst Place Winner ~ Ross Kersey 5.45
Second Place Winner ~ Tony Eden 4.68 (JA First Name?)
Third Place Winner ~ Chris Bunting 4.17 (JA First Name ?)
Mike Mango 2.10
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Oh yeah, one more thing before we hit the road again- a fresh, chilled coconut. They chopped the top off with a machete and stuck in a straw, 1,000 colones, now onto the beach.
Note to Self: There is something about being in a Tican rental car with full coverage insurance that might lead to slightly more aggressive driving behavior. We were headed to Los Suenos, but after that flight I had to see some salt water, so we stopped by the beach, just to take a look. Next stop is Wishbone's for a huge bowl of tuna poke....After a good night's sleep it's time to fish! We met my good friend Capt Dana Thomas on the "Hoo's Your Daddy" at Los Suenos Marina with all our gear ready for a new adventure! Something about pulling out of Los Suenos... it's one of those "no where in the world" kinda' places....We've shot quite a few episodes over the years with Dana. Big sails, Marlin, triple tail, tuna, deep dropping... but today was all about just having fun and fishing. Our anglers Joshua and are ready! We jigged some runners and put the lines out by the island of Tortuga... It wasn't long before we had a nice Roosterfish boat side!
Over the next couple of hours... nice sized cero mackeral and jacks kept the lines tight.
Capt Dana suggested we take a break and head to Tortuga for some fresh ocean oysters... An older guy in a small panga pulls along boat side and begins to prepare fresh ceviche in the shell...Good Stuff! I can still taste them... (gotta' get back there!)