As with fishing as in life, some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield. It’s safe to say Josh, Billy and the rest of the crew of the Flippin Tail were the entire windshield, absolutely crushing it deep dropping before our most recent cold front moved in. Billy landed his personal best tilefish at 40lbs! Keep an eye on those weather windows folks — there’s gold in them there waves!
This past week provided some great opportunities to run offshore. And there were multiple anglers that decided to take advantage of these weather windows to GO DEEP! (Sorry, still hung up on the playoff games).
We decided to take a family vacation to Homosassa to do a little scalloping this past week. It was a trip we have done many times. I started going years before in the 80’s when my parents first took my brother and I to Crystal River. It was always a great adventure and quality time with family and friends. Somewhere along the way we started staying in Homosassa, just a little south of Crystal River.
Spring is by far one of my favorite times of the year to fish here in east Central Florida. We are transitioning away from our winter patterns which typically provides us with better weather days to get out on the water. It’s obviously not as hot and calm as the summer months, but there are still plenty of advantageous opportunities to go fishing.
One of the things I enjoy most about fishing is that it brings people together. There is nothing like you and few friends spending a day on the water and coming home victorious with fish in the cooler and stories to tell!
The plan was to hit the surf early Friday morning… that was the plan. However, we enjoyed thanksgiving so much, apparently, we were not ready for it to end Thursday evening so my brother and I decided to stay up to the wee hours of the morning solving all of the world’s problems with Captain Morgan.
We had several days of calm seas this past week and some of the guys with bigger boats ventured to the Otherside to look for yellowfin tuna. They did pretty well for themselves, to say the least. Adrian Martinez of Handler Fishing Supply in Merritt Island and some friends were among those with really impressive hauls. Nice job, guys!
Steve with a big black drum he caught while fishing with FSFA Grand Master, Chris Pashos. He was points fishing and nailed this one and a couple other fish, which promoted him to “Master Angler” status in the Club. This brute was 41.2 lbs and he caught it on 15 lb test.