Man, I had an absolutely awesome day on the Morning Star today with my buddy Bryan Mindte of Sunset Provisions filming a new episode of Hooked on OC. Captain Monty Hawkins showed us some good fishing for mahi and the weather could not have been any nicer. I’ll let him explain per usual!!
A fine early September morning; calm as you could wish really. Held course for Capt Bob Gowar’s Memorial Reef where long time friend to reef building, Scott Lenox, did the deed on today’s reef blocks. Bobby’s Reef will be the first one I bring to 5,000 blocks (and a whole lot of other stuff!) while Jimmy Jackson’s Reef was first to 3,000.. Both men are missed by many.
Fishing began with a couple goose egg stops, then we nicked a dozen or so. Worked and worked – looking all day. Nothing easy about it. Came another good shot of em, a few singles, a nice one fouls a pot line and busts off; then we found a good school of the fish I’ve been looking for. That’s where I snapped the pic of a lady’s mahi throwing the hook and where Big John took the pool. (If the pool had been by length? Scott would have nailed it. Big John’s mahi, however, was heavier, a skilled hunter with far thicker fillets!
In the “Yeah, Yeah, Sure” department: A lady aboard today had the classic “Big One That Got Away” tale. Hmmm.. BUT!! Pic of a mahi jumping is her fish–upper rt is her bait and hook! Proof that, yes, sadly, her big one did get away.
As mentioned, Scott Lenox of Hooked on OC was aboard today. Might have enough to make a show of it. Airs locally on WMDT and on YouTube too. This show in a few weeks..
Mahi fishing’s not as good as I’d hoped. Not yet. Sure isn’t awful though.
We’ll keep mahi fishing during the week until a storm turns the water. Will target sea bass weekends until they close first 9 days of October.
Hopefully Monday Fluke trips will come back our favor – perhaps even carry us through the cbass closure?
Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported a good sea bass bite on today’s trip as well as some nice flounder up to 5.5 pounds.
Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey had a great day in the canyon with new clients putting them on three white marlin releases and some mahi for dinner.
Chris Ford and his crew broke a rod doing it, but they still got this stud 171 pound bigeye to the boat!
Jeff Weeks took his buddies Dave Brown Sr. and Jr. out to the pots today and had some fun catching mahi and almaco jacks.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a nice day and night on the water showing his shooters a great time with cow nosed and southern rays.