Made it out Saturday, despite the forecast by the local weather man:
5kt winds, 1' seas, some scattered showers in the AM, thunderstorms in the afternoon.
What we encountered once the sun came up and our baitwell was full, was 25KT + winds 3' seas, lightning and wicked thunderstorms for miles north, west and south. We ran for safety nearer shore and took spray and/or every wave over the gunnels/bow.
Did some bridge fishing until it cleared. Then around 10 we ran 30 miles to a wreck that didn't produce. Ran another 14 miles out to 100' to a wreck and hit some nice mango snapper and dolphin:
We came for the amberjack but nothing doing they just weren't here, so we moved a mile to some hard-bottom I hadn't fished in 5 years and got into some big red grouper with the first bait down (notice how the seas flattened right out): THey pull the whole way up, its a blast in 100'
Since we left offshore very late, it was time to head back in so we wouldn't get caught in the daily afternoon t-storms, but decided to stop one last place about 8 miles in for some gag grouper. Instead we got into non-stop scamp grouper! I've never caught them like that. Ever. Many say (i'm in agreement) they are in the top 3 finest eating fish in the sea.
All total we got a mess of fish: Spanish Mackeral, dolphin, red and scamp grouper, mango and lane snapper. I don't recall having such a variety like that in some time.