What a blast!!!! We made our annual trip to the gulf yesterday, and it was the best ever! Our boat (6 people) caught 840 pounds of fish and the other boat caught 505 pounds.
Started off with the red snapper at one rig. Absolutely amazing! In about 15 minutes we had our limit of two apiece and we kept only those that were above 10 pounds. Even a 10 pounder looked small with several that were approaching 20 pounds. Stopped at another rig to catch some live bait before we got to a rig known for amberjack. Caught several baits, then headed for the amberjack. As soon as we got to the rig, one person at a time would fish for the AJ's. Drop the bait, let it go down for about 30 seconds and BAM! You had to really hold on to keep from being jerked out of the boat. Only allowed 1 AJ per person so we just took turns as we caught our limit of AJ's very quickly. All of the AJ's were in the 30-50 pound range. Next it was off to try for some mangrove snapper and in a couple of stops, we caught our limit of those as well--10 fish per person for a total of 60 mangroves. Add a couple of cobia--I caught a huge one--almaco jacks, trigger fish, and a few others, and we sure had a pile of fish! In some places the red snapper were so thick, and since we already had our limit of reds, we would have to move to another rig. I'll try to post some pics later, can't get to the camera right now and I'm having trouble getting them from my phone to the computer. We were absolutely worn out by the time we quit. Another great day in the Gulf---and NO OIL in the area we were fishing. Had to go 60 something miles out to get beyond the closure area, which takes a couple of hours, but it was worth every bit of it!
If anyone wants to get in on some great action, let me know and I can put you in touch with a guy that knows his stuff! It's probably cheaper than you think.
I sure miss catching those kind of fish. When I worked in shallower water I fished several days a hitch. All we have where I am now are tuna and they won't bite close to the platform till late at night .
Man what a great report, where did you run out of? Venice, Grand Isle, Pt. Fourchon? I love fishing out of LA, those rigs are so close and hold a ton of great fish. Congrats on fantastic haul. BTW, I call amberjacks "Reef Donkeys" They are like pulling up a freaking volkswagon. Hard on the back but good eating.
Some of you guys that are interested need to get together and plan a road trip. 6 people per boat. Leave out of Cocodrie, LA and headed SW. It's about 60 miles to get past the federal closure area. But from there......you gotta experience it to believe it!
Last edited by fullcredit; 06-07-2010 at 08:26 PM.
Our price for the fishing was $330.00 per person. This included the charter fee, fuel, cleaning, and tips. This is based on 6 people per boat, 2 boats, and cleaning all those fish.
Add to that whatever it costs you for your travel, hotel, and meals, and for the five of us that traveled together, we spent about $500.00 per person. As far as I'm concerned, worth every penny!
Check out this link to Capt. Tommy Pellegrin's website. He's never disappointed our group!