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What a day !

Well its great to be back in the Keys and for our first Fishing Holiday in the Florida Keys for this session it is good to have back Kevin and Dave who have brought newbie Sid just to show him all the stories are true.  The only problem with this trip we are having an unusual wet spell, yes the sunshine state does get rain but even for us this this is not the norm but when you have a day as we did yesterday you just dont notice it and it was very warm rain.  So Sid had been told all the stories about our goliath grouper so yesterday despite the rain we had calm seas so it was of to my gulf wreck that always has goliath and is also the one that has barracuda so lots of action.  On arrival it was no time at all and the barra rods were on fire in fact the best day we have ever had on cuda , best was Kev’s at near 30 lb.  The best thing was they were taking all different methods from metal jigs,  poppers, lures and live baits some of the runs and jumps were off the scale so lucky to have this mark.

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So on to the Goliath and again they did not let me down, I been doing this now for over 15 years but it still comes as a hell of a shock to a newbie.  First the 22/0  hook then the bait then the bait any thing up to 10 lbs is fine but me , so much drag it takes two hands to pull the line off on free spool.  The takes can be right at the boat in fact the further away from the wreck the better, then the fight not a long affair but I just cant put the power into words but often three grown men are slammed into the transom with nothing you can do to stop the fish.  Lost count yesterday but fish of the day was Dave’s well over 400 lbs and Sid was just left speechless all the stories were very true.

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Some other good fish yesterday were African pompano again to Dave and one of the hardest fighting jacks I have seen for a long time to Kev but with Kev on the other end the fish was always going to lose.  So to days float plan is an other gulf wreck start with maybe a couple of grouper then a serious go for big shark but looks like an other wet day but if the drags are screaming who cares.