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Quest for yellowfin fall 2011

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We usually go on a 2 day charter every March for yellowfin. This year we came up with a plan to trick the wives into letting us go on 2 trips this year. We had a fairly successful March trip, but Trey, our captain suggested going in October for the big girls so we told the wives going forward we would move our annual trip from March to October. We left ourselves an out by saying that if our October trip was not successful, we would then keep our original March dates:D...basically squeezing out 3 trips in 1 year.

 

On October 19, I left on a non-stop flight from Honolulu to Houston. I arrived on the morning of the 20th, picked up my full size truck at the rental place, and drove to my parents house in South Houston to meet up with the gang. My younger brother, and 2 of our childhood buddies loaded up the truck and we headed 6 hours to New Orleans to meet up with 2 other friends. We charter a boat for 2 days out of Venice, LA every year.

 

Spent the night catching up and playing a little cards, and left for Venice at 4AM so we could be dockside at 6AM. We had some bad luck this year as a cold front came through right before we got to town which chopped up the gulf, and drove the fish further out. Trey asked us if we wanted to make the 200 mile round trip to the tuna grounds where we would have our best shot at yellowfin, or did we want to stay inshore, and try for some cobia, amberjack and wahoo? We opted to stay closer to home the first day as we really didn't want to blow $1,000 on fuel the first day, and we wanted to get some fish on the boat before we started chasing fish.

 

We headed offshore about 40 miles to see if we could get lucky on some yellowfin behind the shrimp boats, but we couldn't buy a bite!The weather drove everything offshore, and all we could hook up with were some bonita. We followed 2 shrimp boats until about noon, then we headed back for some cobia fishing. We had our chances...we saw probably 30 cobia, but only got 3 to bite. It just wasn't our day, but we had a good dinner though.

 

I made some blackened Cobia picatta for dinner back at the house boat:drool:

 

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Here's a couple of pics from the first day

 

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Another long night of playing cards until 3AM, and we had to be up at 5AM, so a few of us got a little sea sick.

 

There were alot more shrimpers on the water the second day. We pulled up to our first shrimp boat about 50 miles offshore, and got into the blackfin pretty thick for about 30 minutes. We had 8 in the boat, and then it just shut off. We spent the rest of the day chasing boat after boat with no luck. At about 1PM, we decided to go for some AJ's. We pulled up to the honey hole and started jigging...got a couple of bumps, but no takers. We pulled up to the rigs, and used sabiki's to catch some hard tails. We figured time was ticking away, and we wanted the best opportunity to get some AJ's in the boat. The limit on AJ's is 1 per person. Each live bait lasted about all of 15 seconds in the water before an AJ was on. We caught 1 barracuda, and one sand shark, and after we caught our limit of AJ's, we headed into port at about 3:30PM. We would normally fish later, but since it was a Saturday, I wanted to get into the docks before the mad rush from all of the other charters.

 

Here are some pics from the second day

 

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Here's the dock shots

 

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As soon as we got back to the docks, we all grabbed a quick shower, had the fish cleaned and got on the road back to Houston. It's about a 7 hour drive, but I hate missing a day of fishing so I like to get back to my parents house as soon as possible. We got into Houston early Sunday morning. I was up around 8AM, so I decided to head down to the boardwalk for some crabs and fresh oysters.

 

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For the next 6 days, it was non stop pier fishing from 3 different piers. Because of the recent front, the conditions were not the best, but I still enjoyed the time fishing with my Dad, younger brother, and my friend Kevin. We caught a mixed bag of fish including slot reds, spanish mackerals, big whiting and bull croakers. I also brought the big rods out for the bull reds, and a couple of bull reds and black tip sharks. It was a good time with family and friends.

 

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The last 2 days, we got into a mess of ribbonfish which I froze for my March kingfish trip

 

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I just finished my custom pier cart...I call it the terminator!

 

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My Dad is retired, and since my brother and I have moved out, he has 4 extra bedrooms. We converted one of the rooms to our tackle shop

 

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No yellowfin this trip, but we had a blast! We told the wives we will stick with March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And in March you can tell them THAT trip sucked and you will stick with October and so on...Brilliant!!! :D

 

That's the plan anyway lol!:D I think I am pretty safe with my wife, but half of the crew will be in the dog house if we do that. We did mention an all wives trip to try to satisfy them:)

 

Kev and Ron, I did have a great time with my family and friends. My Dad's not getting any younger, and for now is very healthy and active so I look forward to many more years of memories with him and my brother.

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