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Capt. John 10 Hour Offshore Sunday July 31, 2016

How time fly’s with July being history after today’s 10 hour offshore trip by the party boat Capt. John.

Surface, production platforms to the east and southeast of the island were once again the target area for Captain Johnny Williams and his 38 anglers. The 30 to 50 foot deep waters held an Atlantic spadefish population that was biting and then not necessitating the various moves. Atlantic spadefish in particular require the use of small pieces of cut squid on small circle hooks due  primarily because of their small mouths. Obviously the correct combination was used today since the average caught per person today was up. Also caught were bonnethead shark and a few “others” from the near surface area which were taken on sardine or squid baits. Each of the platforms also held a population of red snapper and those caught were quickly released since their season is closed in federal waters.

For the run back to Galveston’s Pier 19 this catch was iced down in the fish boxes:

393 Atlantic spadefish

38 Bonnethead shark

2 Kingfish

1 Mangrove snapper

1 Rainbow runner

For the foreseeable future the Capt. John day trips will be of the 10 hour variety. The Atlantic spadefish and bonnethead shark catches will remain being a large portion of the catch. Kingfish and ling numbers will also continue to be an important part of the mix. Speaking of “the mix”, the overnight tuna fishing trips are now back to their norm in price and anticipated fishing areas. If you or any of your friends have been on one of these 36 hour tuna trips over the past 25 years or so you know or have heard of the schedule and catches made. Checking previous 36 hour trips information in the websites “trip reports” will get you the info too. Give it a look or listen since the next 36 hour tuna trip is scheduled for August 24/25 and spots are available, give the office a call and make your reservation. Your catch of a lifetime is out there sitting or should I say “swimming on go.” The two of you just have to cross paths, so to speak.

See you on the Capt. John!

Patrick Lemire

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