Volume 13, Issue 6

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Text Box: Fishing Trip to the Keys - Feb 26-29

Twelve Ballantrae Anglers Club members departed on Sunday, 26 February,  in 2 spacious and comfortable RVs (Tom Lab and Hal Fowler). We arrived at Islamorada around 3 PM, and set up camp at Fiesta Key RV Resort, MP 70, Keys.  Some set up in the cottages while others planned to stay aboard the RVs positioned along the waters of the back bay.  We had a great deal of anticipation concerning the predicted offshore weather in the Keys (10-20 mph winds and 5-7’ seas, in isolated thunderstorms), but nevertheless enjoyed a pleasant social hour followed by a terrific dinner of chicken cacciatore (Hal and Sue Fowler), meatballs and sausage in tomato sauce (Tom and Lynne Lab) and pasta (Bill Scalia).

 

Early next morning we split into two 6-man teams and headed to our chartered boats in Islamorada. One team headed to the charterboat “Tiki” (Capt. Roy Lindback, Mate: Luke) and the other to “Caribsea” (Capt. Benny [substituting for Kenny Spaulding], Mate: Conan).

 

We drift-fished (in 4-6’ seas) about 6 miles offshore along the reef south of Tennessee Reef Light using ballyhoo and cut bait in chum, catching many yellowtail snapper, some mutton and mangrove snapper, and miscellaneous other fish.  We also caught several grouper (released); Tom Lab caught a 7’ sailfish (released) and one caught a moray eel (quickly released).

 

 

                    

 

Roger Sandstrom and Yellowtail Snapper               Rich Wallace with his Mutton Snapper

 

It was a beautiful warm day with high winds and seas as predicted, but no thunderstorms or rain. We enjoyed a fine lunch prepared by Roger and George, and later searched unsuccessfully for cobia, then caught a few more yellowtail.  Ashore, Captain Roy filleted our fish and we took the yellowtail snapper fillets to the “LazyDays” Restaurant for the traditional angler’s dinner, enjoying the LazyDays varietal preparation. As in other trips, they served a great dinner; Our server remembered us from last year.