Take Stock in Children Tournament

09 23-16 thru 09-25-16

I am down in Key Largo at the captains meeting tonight and as usual we are having a few beers and decide not to fish starting after captains meeting. This tournament starts @ 7 P.M. after captains meeting and runs thru Sunday 4 P.M.,  you can fish straight thru Sunday.

I'm fishing with my son James and friend Paul Abolafia, we got an early start on Sat. morning onlyto have an issue with motor, I had changed the water separator the day before. The separator wasn't getting fuel and thanks to Captain Pete Silot for the helping hand. Once we got going it didn't take long and Paul landed our first couple Snook, they measure 27 and 27 1/2 not really what I wanted. I had been on some really big fish for the last few weeks and haven't been in there for a week so I was expecting them to be there. It was tough they just weren't there! I wasn't in panic mode yet we took a ride and found a few nice Redfish. James caught a 26 1/2 " fish and Paul followed up with a 23" Red. We had one giant fish today, this fish hit the lure as it hit the water. This fish would of made a difference for us and we wouldn't of had to chase a big Snook on Sunday.

We caught everything today Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sharks, Ladyfish and Snappers but our inches aren't what we need. We got back to Paul's house in Key Largo @9 pm and we were beat.

Sunday morning Started out pretty good with a couple good Trout measuring 20 inches, from there back to the main spot and we fished yesterday. The bite started out quick there with a couple Redfish all @ 24 inches and then the bad news!

Our day changed when my son got a Text about Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, just couldn't believe it. We are big Marlins fans at my house and appreciated Jose's fun attitude on the field.  Coincidently our boats share the same name although spelled different. He will be missed!

The Small Snook were plentiful but where were the big girls! We caught allot of fish again today including a 40 lb. Tarpon, loads of Snook, Redfish and giant Jacks and Mackerel

We didn't think we had a chance but went to awards ceremony for dinner, awards and auction. we had a good time and congratulations to the winners, see you next year.

Capt. Jim Hobales


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