Well the weather is good. The fish are biting great, but the phones have slowed way down. Families get pretty busy this time of year and fishing charters are kinda last on the list.
It reminds me of back in the day when I was helping my dad with his commercial business. It always seemed the blue and stone crabs would crawl the best when sales were down. And grouper were biting like crazy, but the market price was low. Well y'all get the picture. I guess that's just how it is sometimes — gotta take the good with the bad.
Speaking of bad news: In the offshore world the red snapper season that was extended is now closed and there's all this talk about the gag grouper's future. It just stinks that many folks have just turned their backs on the offshore world. My family included. I was brought up fishing grouper commercially with my dad, brother and Uncle Mike.
There were lots of great times and a few not so great.
I inherited sea sickness from my mother so I had to work past that early on. But got lots of great memories out there. I haven't been offshore in years. My biggest fear is this dang goliath grouper is gonna eat us out of house ... and home.
You know the thing we been protecting all these years. I wonder how many grouper a day a 200 pound stupid protected fish can eat. A lot. That's how much. The next thing all the offshore world will be inshore and, well, here we go. The last thing we need is to up the redfish limit. That's the talk right now — to go from 1 to 2 per person. I say let's wait and see how many offshore boats get robbed on a trade-in for a bay boat in the next year. Well I'm done with that; my blood's moving fast now.
This week I had a really nice family from Gainesville out. They brought their 3 and 6 year old. We boated some really nice trout up to 22.5 inches. It's really funny to watch a 3 year old crank on a reel. Heart warming really.
I remember mine try'n to do it, neat for sure. The reds seemed a little off for me and a few others that day. The full moon, I guess, had 'em full at night. I saw several fish but not many takers. Also the mullet high tailed it to the river for the week. Seems the west and east pass is full of 'em. My guess is they will return soon and make my life easier. I love to use mullet for bait but I dont like to make 29 casts to get a few.
Well folks have a great turkey day. Eat lots of turkey.
Capt. Danny Allen can be reached at email@example.com or (352) 215-3686.