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Big, Bad, & Ready for a Fight

Old 12-01-2013, 10:50 PM
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Default Big, Bad, & Ready for a Fight

As the axis of the earth is oriented away from the sun we begin our Winter season. During this coldest time of the year will the fish of the world famous Florida Middle Grounds be 'Big, Bad, & Ready for a Fight?' Only one way to fine out, let's go see together. Three PM Friday afternoon, the Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard's Marina is ready and so are we. Captain Bryon calls for the opening of John's Pass bridge and punches in the numbers for the Grounds. We are out of here:

Our chef, Tammy, is not feeling well. She decided to take the day off. Please say a little prayer for her. Steve is filling in for her. Larry, have a burger. Thank you Steve. What a way to begin our adventure. Mister Miller hopes to win the jack pot. Energy will be the key.

Florida regular, Richie, lines up jack pot hopefuls. Good luck guys:

Let's hit the bunks. Captain Bryon awakens us from a sound sleep. "Guys, it's midnight, man your battle stations!" The fishing is pretty slow, but we now have a precise anchor reading. Let's move! Still slow; hole on! What's all the excitement coming from the middle of the starboard side? Mister Jason Smith, Orlando, Florida, has hooked a monster. On & on goes the great battle. We are all pulling for Jason. Finally, we see color, the color of a huge goliath grouper. Will, quick the gaff. Our first mate to the rescue. The Florida is working with the FWC in the study of the this great fish. Both Will & Jason participated in an FWC sponsored class in the proper handling of the goliath grouper. Without this class it is against the law to take a goliath out of the water:

The huge fish is suffering from barotrauma. Will immediately vents and takes measurements. Richard inserts a tag before releasing the large grouper. In an instant Jason's trophy is headed back to his rocky home. Proper venting saved this fishes life:

As the sun makes it's daily appearance we can't help but wonder will the big boys be ready for a fight? Mister Justin Perlow is finding out. Look at the size of that wave:

Looks like the monsters of the Florida Middle Grounds are in a fighting mood:

Tyson, good show; good show indeed:

Mister Smith, first a goliath & now this. Sir, you are a fighter:

Man! These brutes are not playing games. They are serious, but so are we:

Justin, sir you are putting on a real show for us. We are glad you are on our side:

The Florida Middle Grounds is a vast, fish rich, area. Properly managed, without the greed of catch shares, there is plenty for all. Sharing our great sport is what sportsmanship is all about:

Alan, it's nice to see the mangrove snapper are hungry during the day time hours. That's a beauty sir:

Nice, very nice:

Our own Richie welcomes, from NY, his friend Jason. Hope this man of the North can catch our Southern fish:

Way to go Jason, way to go sir. Jason used a very lively pin fish to entice this nice gag grouper:

Jason will be leaving for New York, snow, and freezing temperatures in a few days. Let's give the people back home something to dream about:

Sundown over the Florida Middle Grounds: Priceless!

Steve, we are hungry. What's for dinner? Let's start with a very fresh all you can eat garden salad followed by the most tender chicken breast smothered in my own special gravy, and served with vegetables on the side. Great food, real sportsmen/women, and plenty of fish. Who could ask for anything more? Well! Let's top off our boxes with a few more mangrove snapper:

Eight PM Saturday evening, what a day; what a trip. We are still almost one hundred miles from Madeira Beach. We are stuffed and wore-out. Our bunks are calling us. See you early Sunday morning.
Now that's a catch to be proud of:

Justin, you are going to need a bigger, much bigger, fish box:

Even Gabby is so proud of you:

Wow! That jack pot winning AJ hits the scale at 80 pounds:

Larry, it's a good thing Steve fed you so well. After helping us win the great AJ battle, you caught the jack pot winning snapper. Way to go. We are so proud to have you on our side:

Can this man of the North catch our Southern fish? How about the jack pot winning grouper?

During this coldest time of the year will the fish of the world famous Florida Middle Grounds be, 'Big, Bad, and ready to fight?' Just ask Mister Kevin Sachs, Seminole, Florida. Mister Sachs caught his trophy on a large grunt. What a fight; what a trophy:

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