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Capt. John 10 Hour Offshore—Sat. Oct. 3, 2015

With 78 fishermen aboard Captain Johnny Williams pulled the party boat Capt. John away from Galvestons Pier 19. The area to be fished on this 10 hour trip were production platforms from around 14 to 18 miles to the east of the island.

With a bit of a northeasterly breeze generating a bit of a swell the ride out was a bit on the bumpy side. The first platform fished had bonnethead shark, gulf trout and spadefish being caught along with throw back hardhead catfish and red snapper. The second platform had more of the same being caught along with a nice 9 pound mangrove snapper and a spanish mackerel. Each of them hit chunks of ladyfish I had cast and freelinded close to the platforms legs. Luck was on my side as the spanish didn’t bite through the mono leader. Then it was off to our third and last fishing stop of the day.

Our last platform stop had more of the same being caught plus others also not mentioned at the first two platforms. Guess what? I fooled another nice mangrove snapper into biting, a 7 pounder this time. The same rigging and bait combination and positioning worked again.  The majority of todays catch was taken on various size pieces of cut squid, fished from near surface to the bottom. Incidentally the swell of three feet or so dropped to about a foot before noon, turning into really nice.

Iced down in the fish boxes for our return after leaving that third platform was this catch for the day:

  • 197 Atlantic spadefish
  • 4 bonnethead shark
  • 2 Spanish mackerel
  • 1 stingray
  • 1 jackfish
  • 15 bluefish
  • 2 ladyfish
  • 8 bluerunner
  • 4 just undersize ling released alive
  • 1 Florida pompano
  • 4 bermuda chub
  • 3 mangrove snapper to 9#

See you on the Capt. John!

Patrick Lemire

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