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#1 Nov-07-14 9:12AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

11-6-14, West Palm Beach

I landed in Ft. Lauderdale at 10:45a and by 1:00p I was fishing with Capt. Lee...

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/11_zpsbaa6381d.jpg

...on the Sea Horse (46' Markley). This is drift fishing at it's finest and the trip was in memory of Mike who lost his life a year ago.

Joining us was a young couple (Ellen had never been fishing before) and Jeff (head chef at the Breakers). Jake was the mate.

Apparently, it had been really windy and rough over the last few days but we were greeted with calm winds and a manageable swell.

Jeff was ready to roll!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/064_zpsccd6a5e3.jpg

It was a bit slow (like in no fish) at 1st and we made move....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/068_zps0da47efa.jpg

....but the bottom was rat (shark) infested!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/065_zps14e66078.jpg

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Then....it started up and never seized until our arms were too weary!

1st fish was a wiener fish...

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/069_zps84e86935.jpg

...and then a blue runner which we used for bait to try to entice a big fish!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/070_zps30ec0d8f.jpg

What you are about to see is a colorful expression of the great reef fishing in FL!


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http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/084_zpsa8ab56c2.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/085_zps48ab049d.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/086_zps67c29d99.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/087_zpsdabf2894.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/088_zpsb3c08001.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/089_zpsb7a08051.jpg

Ellen from London, caught a ton of fish including a double that produced a big red grouper and a mutton snapper. She had tired arms after the day of catching!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/091_zps03cd9afc.jpg

The catch (red grouper, mutton snapper, vermilion snapper, yellow tail snapper, trigger fish including queen triggers, porgies, squirrel fish, grunts and the others that were already mentioned)......

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/092_zps581b82bf.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/094_zps4fa0f694.jpg

...and the crew!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/095_zps161b5111.jpg

I think Mike smiled down on us and gave us a great day to fish. I have no clue as to how many fish we caught but Jeff said it was one of the best days in over 2 years. He fishes with Lee often.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/097_zpsd728a8e3.jpg


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-07-14 9:38AM

Osprey
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Forestville, MD
Registered: Nov-16-07
Posts: 1062
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Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Your job really sucks, how do you stand it?


20' Key West..16' C-Hawk...Hobie Pro Angler...Hobie Outback

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#3 Nov-07-14 10:07AM

hookup
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Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 1076

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Nice job there Ernie.  Looks like allot of fun drifting reefs & paying tribute to Mike

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#4 Nov-07-14 10:55AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Osprey wrote:

Your job really sucks, how do you stand it?

This was a vacation....visiting my mom.

And....just had the vermilion snapper for lunch! cool


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#5 Nov-07-14 12:24PM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 959

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Oh man I am jealous. Never caught a single one of those fish, but I hear they are all great to eat. Thanks for the report!


tight lines

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#6 Nov-07-14 12:38PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Waiting for the scraps....


http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/13_zps718a6fa6.jpg

....until the big Jacks come in for the action!


http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/photo2_zpse1b6ee59.jpg


Time to go fishin' again!

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#7 Nov-07-14 5:29PM

GregF
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Mar-21-11
Posts: 649

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Mike certainly smiled down on you.  What a great day fishing.  I hope you are sitting outside smoking a cigar and remembering a great day fishing and a great friend.....cheers!

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#8 Nov-07-14 6:05PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

GregF wrote:

I hope you are sitting outside smoking a cigar and remembering a great day fishing and a great friend

I did....


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#9 Nov-07-14 7:51PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1502

Re: 11-6-14, West Palm Beach

Great report!  Thanks for sharing your trip.  Those fish are really beautiful.


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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