Realized I hadn't posted the Keys family fishing trip pics yet
Daughter with a Cero Mackeral
Her friend and a bug
Fortunate enough to have lobster for dinner 10 out of 15 nights, but we didn't exactly slay them as I had hoped (by the way, I was able to get my breath hold to 2 min 9 seconds the week we headed down)
This is a Hind (grouper, Strawberry Grouper). Caught tons of them, not allowed to keep them (apparently they are in dwindling numbers
(thanks NOAA and the EDF for that)
Son with his first Jack. Caught it on his very first rod/reel (with a bit of my help holding the rod up.....these guys TUG)
True Black Grouper. The story on this kills me. First off, in my life i've never caught a true Black(offshore species). I just bought my son a new rod/reel (its mainly a small snapper type set-up) combo. We're going to go down to the dock behind the house to catch the small snapper. We are in the canals, probably 20 minutes to the open water at no-wake.I'm rigging his rod, and he says "Dad, i'm going to catch a grouper."
I said,"Sure son, good luck" and a patronizing but well meaning pat on his head.
So of a gun, if he didn't catch this Black on his second fish!!
And then, not only does he call his shot, he sets the rod down, says "Ok, I did it, i'm done, going to jump into the pool" Turd.
Nice place to snorkle for the Lobster. Its 8'-18' deep and a nice coral reef.
The ever elusive, rarely seen skittish Key Deer
Dolphin was a bust. Nothing but little chicken dolphin.
YT snapper were in abundance, no monsters, most were 1/2" undersized.
Caught a good amount of Mango Snapper and a HUGE barracuda. HUGE (actually hooked him for a short time really,,,too light of tackle)