Thanks to the generous and fishy people aboard the Fort Piece Lady, who donated their time and effort to Catch a Cure, I got out on the water yesterday with a couple dozen other anglers who all wanted to fish for a cure.
The short trip focused on mostly sea bass, plying wrecks and structure between a one and two-hour ride from Florida’s Fort Pierce, but it was a productive one.
I was able to pick a few small sea bass on the day, which weren’t large enough for the cooler or the frying pan, but it was a couple of other anglers who stole the show. To the left you’ll see the woman that took the biggest fish of the day, a king mackerel that weighed in at 25 pounds, and lest we forget that’s $25 for the Melanoma Research Foundation.
And here you’ll see the second kingfish, held by first mate Jason Barker. This one weighed in at 18 pounds. Barker was a mate aboard the Lady and he had his hands full, running around the boat all day untangling lines and releasing fish.
This king was one of two that came aboard the boat during the day. For a relatively short day on the water (it was a half-day trip with an hour’s ride out and back) we as a boat cleaned up pretty good for the MRF. Those two fish added 43 dollars to our total raised, which I’ll be calculating today to give us a grand total of where we stand as we near the trip’s conclusion.
On the relatively short trip the two big kingfish provided most of the excitement, although there was a steady pick of sea bass on most of the structure on which we stopped.
I was grateful for the opportunity to get out on the water for the cause and to see some wonderful fellow anglers bend a rod on some truly amazing fish.