Everybody had a good feeling about this trip...We were going
to catch fish.
We plotted a course for the 12 Mile Ledge and settled in for
the hour long trip. The sea was a little rougher than
expected and the trip out was a tad bouncy. Reaching the
ledge we rigged up and started trolling.
We trolled from
the 12 Mile Ledge to the 16 Mile Ledge. No bites. We
trolled on over to the 70' Hole where a few other boats were
fishing. Some trolling while others were bottom fishing.
We pulled the lines around for a bit, without success. We
decided to stop and try our lock on the bottom.
Dropping in a few
lines proved successful. First the Wobbly Chef pulled up a
double followed shortly there after by Guy. Both had hooked
small sea bass. As tasty a they would have been as an
appetizer, we figured we would give then a chance to grow up.
The Wobbly Dude
did a great job of manning the helm for most of the day and
seeing that the fish were small and slow to bite was ready to
As we traveled the
Wobbly Dude spotted a Loggerhead Turtle swimming along.
We got a picture of it's head sticking up. We were able to
pull right beside it, so close that the we could almost touch
it before it dived below.
We decided to head inward and move to the 14 Mile Rock and
Christina Ledge. Once there we put lines in and trolled across
the rock. On the first pass it was fish on and Captain Wobbly
hooked the first King.
Catch of the day goes to Captain Wobbly with an assist
from the Chef and Wobbly Mate. The reel while fouled
bringing in the king and it was feared lost. The line was hand
pulled in with no resistance. As the end neared the
boat, we were all surprised when the Chef shouted there's a
fish. Our first King, weighing in at 8 pounds and 30" in
length. I can tell you that the king nuggets the Wobbly Dude 1
made for lunch the next day were awesome.
We made a few more
passes of the rock and ledge without success.