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Old 11-17-2016, 08:21 PM   #2416
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ROFL - I knew the moment I posted that I'd get a "?" or two.

Maybe I'll just let people's imagination run wild.
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:53 PM   #2417
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ROFL - I knew the moment I posted that I'd get a "?" or two.

Maybe I'll just let people's imagination run wild.
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Old 11-17-2016, 10:06 PM   #2418
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Old 11-18-2016, 07:53 AM   #2419
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Tuesday 11/15/16: Dove in 55' west out of Hurricane Pass. Seas were calm to 1'. Viz was about 40' with a few jellies floating around. Water temp 70 degrees top to bottom(no thermocline).

Objective for the day was to clean the lionfish off my favorite ledge before winter sets in. I am happy to report my ledge is very healthy and active. Lots of gags and hogfish. Red grouper were few and far between. Mangrove snapper numbers are down but Lane Snapper have replaced them. I had never seen a lane snapper on this ledge! Also happy to report that there was only one lionfish...WAS! No visit from the tax man

I did one dive and that was all I needed to fill the fish box. Two gags, two hogs, and a lionfish. Perfect weather and a "one and done" kind of day...so we had an island bonfire party/cookout to finish off the day. Epic! Shot my personal best 34" Gag.





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Old 11-18-2016, 08:06 AM   #2420
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Tuesday 11/15/16: Dove in 55' west out of Hurricane Pass. Seas were calm to 1'. Viz was about 40' with a few jellies floating around. Water temp 70 degrees top to bottom(no thermocline).

Objective for the day was to clean the lionfish off my favorite ledge before winter sets in. I am happy to report my ledge is very healthy and active. Lots of gags and hogfish. Red grouper were few and far between. Mangrove snapper numbers are down but Lane Snapper have replaced them. I had never seen a lane snapper on this ledge! Also happy to report that there was only one lionfish...WAS! No visit from the tax man

I did one dive and that was all I needed to fill the fish box. Two gags, two hogs, and a lionfish. Perfect weather and a "one and done" kind of day...so we had an island bonfire party/cookout to finish off the day. Epic! Shot my personal best 34" Gag.



Nice fish... Florida living right there. Congrats.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:31 AM   #2421
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Tuesday 11/15/16: Dove in 55' west out of Hurricane Pass. Seas were calm to 1'. Viz was about 40' with a few jellies floating around. Water temp 70 degrees top to bottom(no thermocline).

Objective for the day was to clean the lionfish off my favorite ledge before winter sets in. I am happy to report my ledge is very healthy and active. Lots of gags and hogfish. Red grouper were few and far between. Mangrove snapper numbers are down but Lane Snapper have replaced them. I had never seen a lane snapper on this ledge! Also happy to report that there was only one lionfish...WAS! No visit from the tax man

I did one dive and that was all I needed to fill the fish box. Two gags, two hogs, and a lionfish. Perfect weather and a "one and done" kind of day...so we had an island bonfire party/cookout to finish off the day. Epic! Shot my personal best 34" Gag.





Nice going, Eric! And good on you for taking out the lionfish. I'll pretty much drop everything now, even if I'm surrounded by lots of shootable fish, to take any lion out I see.

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Old 11-18-2016, 06:45 PM   #2422
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I agree, Rich - you know what it's like to get a perfect rifle in your hands - just feels . . . . "right".

Culverts, wrecks, ledges, rocks - it is nice to know I don't have to kick back and up a few feet before taking a downward shot with this gun, unlike my 60".

You been out at all lately?
A few times here and there. Racing has become the ultimate adrenaline rush, needless to say I am always working in the garage. Out tomorrow though!
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:01 PM   #2423
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A few times here and there. Racing has become the ultimate adrenaline rush, needless to say I am always working in the garage. Out tomorrow though!
I figured you couldn't keep the ponies in the Vette from roaring

Good luck tomorrow - I think you'll find going shallower might pay off - we hit some spots in 30-45 feet outside of the Veteran's reef (the ledges we used to hit) and did pretty good.
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:32 AM   #2424
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Anyone else been out seeing the Red Snapper off St. Pete, Pinellas, Sarasota?

Been out 4 times in two weeks, seen ARS off St. Pete everytime in 50 - 70'. Hope this is the sign of a good come back.
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:02 AM   #2425
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Saturday 11/20, hit some of the reefs out of AMI, 20-30ft vis, snottier on the bottom. Brought home some good sized snapper, but not much else. Some small gags running around... probably not helpful to anyone, however, with the winds kicking up overnight.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:43 PM   #2426
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3 mile reefs out of AMI, 4-6' of viz.... Super silty. Fishy, but no good for shooting. 7 mile reefs had 12-16 of viz cooler on top and probably 5* difference on bottom. At the 7 mile reef, we shot plenty of snapper and a 37" Cobia. Seen a nice permit, AJ's, a few keeper gags, and a ton of snook and Cuda. Jews plagued the reefs... Got a nice anchor as well! Overall great day!!!
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Old 11-20-2016, 04:23 PM   #2427
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Anyone else been out seeing the Red Snapper off St. Pete, Pinellas, Sarasota?

Been out 4 times in two weeks, seen ARS off St. Pete everytime in 50 - 70'. Hope this is the sign of a good come back.
Yes, almost looks like they are pushing other species off structure there's so many lol
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:05 PM   #2428
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A few times here and there. Racing has become the ultimate adrenaline rush, needless to say I am always working in the garage. Out tomorrow though!
How did it go today?

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Old 11-21-2016, 09:43 AM   #2429
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Hit it right at the bottom of incoming, dropped all over hell and back from out of Three Rooker to off your town. Our deepest dives were 35ish feet, some in the 20's. Top to bottom vis everywhere. Incredibly fishy at times.

I cant say I saw any monster gags but I did see the biggest AJ I have ever seen anywhere, internet included. He straight up fronted me, I poked him, he turned away and made a hard run at me, got poked.... this went on for about 3 turns. I truly thought this thing was going to ram me mid-column.

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Limit of "legal" gags, big hogs and some snapper in the 20" range.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #2430
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Oh, and after having everything working perfectly on the boat it all started to fall apart. A good ending to the season.

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