Just a short trip today with banker’s hours; kicking around the back 40 sort of day. Left the dock after 8 for Pete’s sake.. Was expecting half a gale falling out late morning – found instead a gorgeous day. I mean just as pretty as you could ever ask.
Nice when it happens.
Just had 6 mad pallets of giant landscaping block donated by Parker Block and Xpress Construction. A dozen of those monster block + James Milano brought 31 more from Long Island this morning — made for a fine reef block drop.
Paddled a bit further off than I thought I’d get today. Bite wasn’t too bad until the current dropped to near nothing. Even then we nicked a few.
Though a lifetime of fishing, it was John Sippel’s first time toggin. Up against anglers well steeped in the lore of ol’ chinny chiseltooth I wouldn’t have bet on him. So, yeah, he won the pool anyway.. (Most likely because he was wearing a good luck OCReef Foundation cap..)
Ray Nichols and Phil Young show off some of today’s taggers, Courtney’s Uncle JoJo even caught a double – we tagged 23 & had 3 tag returns also, all of which went back to provide even more data.
Jim Hou shows off a small tag return (science!) while OJ Kwon, & Walt Wozny hold up some of today’s keepers.
Pat Scida is also in the group snap..
Capt Monty Hawkins