Billfish, Mahi, Seabass and Flounder

By Scott Lenox

Billfish, Mahi, Seabass and Flounder

We had a nice day in the ocean today where the offshore boats caught some billfish and mahi and the inshore boats caught some mahi, sea bass and flounder.

Captain Mike Burt and the crew of Pumpin Hard had a great day offshore today!  The crew caught and released their first blue marlin of the season and went 3 for 5 on white marlin.

Captain Chris Watkowski and his crew on the Spring Mix II had a nice day with a sailfish release and a limit of mahi.

Jeff Weeks and Dave Warren had some fun catching just short of a limit of mahi today.

Captain Chris Mizurak and his anglers on the Angler had slower sea bass fishing, but some nice flounder decided to chew.


Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star caught a few mahi today and did some great work for the OC Reef Foundation!

My great pleasure to have a few scuba diving friends aboard today. Eddy, Jerimiah (an unsung hero of our reef building efforts if ever there was!) & Travis; plus world class u/w photography and video masters, Nick Caloyianis & Michael Eversmier..
Our intent? Learn what’s working in our reef building efforts.
And learn we did.
As I’ve long thought, the reef block project increases fisheries productions on existing reefs, such as barges, where there’s a flat expanse of steel. Break that plain and the amount of life soars.
Despite major storms strong enough to move a 120ft heavy built Navy barge 70 feet or more (and thankfully into even better position!) neither block nor pyramids have moved.
Had to send these men home with mahi for dinner. Fished 15 minutes? Reef builders karma got it done.
Been a long day – these are just airdropped pics and grabs. The good stuff – What Nick & Michael are about with their images – will be along soon, hundreds.
I’m especially looking forward to pics of a lobster taking up residence in a pyramid and video of numerous sea bass holed up in a mussel bed..

Cheers,
Monty

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