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Man, we had some ugly weather last week. It felt like we had lightening hitting in the yard for hours. 80 MPH winds in Gulf Shores. 8 inches of rain at home. It was no fun. Then this crazy cold front blew in last night with snow in Mobile and 28 degree low temp here this AM. But, in between, there was Thursday. Oh, Glorious Thursday! Man, she was begging for us to head offshore, so we did.
With the Pair-A-Dice down for maintenance I was fortunate to get an invite from Frenchy and we headed out of Pensacola on The Blue Spirit. Joining us for the trip: Noah, Andrew and Nick “the Lure Guy,” a solid crew.
We had a smooth ride out and set up the deep drop rigs in search of some denizens of the deep.
Nick scored a nice Yellow Edge early. (Subscribe over there ——->)
We also got on some Long Tail Sea Bass. These are some really cool looking fish. Reminds me of a quote from film director David Lynch (DUNE, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet…): “If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” Well, he wasn’t really talking about fish, but, regardless, the words had some credibility in the world of deep drop this week.
We moved to some deeper water and got on some Tile Fish as well. Both Blueline Tiles and Golden Tiles.
The Man-O-War were out in force. Lots of tentacles coming up on the deep drop lines.
Stumbled on this Snowy Grouper while looking for tiles.
Before he ate my bait, he ate this little guy that I found in his mouth.
We also had this Oil Fish fall in our laps.
He has cool eyes.
We also tried for some swords to no effect. Had two separate hits, but nobody ate the bait. All good, we packed up and headed for the barn.
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