Gulf Coast Fish Story: Part One
We hurtled across the bay with Jimmy Buffett’s Son of a Sailor piping out of the 32-foot Contender’s sound system. An appropriate song — for this certainly wasn’t your daddy’s fishing boat. This state-of-the-art fishing rig was tricked out with the latest in electronics — including a GPSMAP 5212, GPSMAP 4212, a GMR 24HD high-def radar, and the GHP 10 autopilot…
…to say nothing of the trio of Yamaha 350’s dangling off the back end!
Our morning mission was shark fishin’. The strategy: motor up behind the shrimp trawlers combing the bay — ideally one with gulls circling overhead — and toss a baited hook into the propwash. The theory here is that the birds and fish are attracted to shrimp — and bigger fish are attracted to the smaller fish. And sharks? They’re pretty much willing to eat whatever they can sink their teeth into. “Master Johnny” proved to be our lucky boat.
We all pulled in as many blacktip sharks as we cared to. This was strictly a catch-and-release endeavor — no sense in brining a five-foot, 110-pound, pissed off, toothy fish into the boat. After two or three fish apiece, our forearms stung, and we agreed it was time for our next adventure.
Stay tuned for part two!
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