A Galveston, Texas Fish Story
Last week, we headed down to Galveston, Texas for an offshore fishing trip with pro angler Bill Platt and the rest of the crew from Team Papotanic. Joining us to document the expedition was Kevin Giesecke, intrepid photographer from Americana Outdoors and Fisherman's Handbook. Bill's 36-foot Invincible is decked out in all the latest Garmin Marine Network technology, and we got to use every bit of it during our day on the water.
We left the dock at 5am, and thanks to the GMR 604xHD radar, we were able to make our way out into open waters without incident. Garmin's AIS 600 transceiver also alerted us to the many vessels departing port that morning. Processing all of this information was a snap, too, thanks to Bill's dual 15-inch GPSMAP 7215 touchscreen displays.After that, is was full throttle from Bill's triple Yamaha 300 four-stroke engines. You've not lived until you've skimmed across the Gulf of Mexico at nearly 60 miles an hour!
The new GSD 26 digital sonar got a real workout and proved its mettle, with great bottom finding ability at more than 700 feet. Target separation was impressive as well, as demonstrated by this school of hungry blackfin tuna.
At more than 100 miles offshore, we found ourselves in nearly 700 feet of water — prime territory for big grouper. We hauled in our limit of 20-pound class fish, and then angler Gill Strelec connected with a freight train of a grouper — well over 100 pounds.
After that, we worked the oil rigs for some big amberjack, and after some initial frustration, we began hauling them in as well. Even Kevin the cameraman joined in. Sore and sunburned, we finally made it back to the dock sometime after 10pm that night. That's a full day on the water, and one we won't soon forget.
Thanks to Capn' Bill — and congrats as well on Team Papotanic's second place finish in the Matagorda Blue Water Challenge. For a closer look at the highlights from this trip, check out the video below.
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