Blue Water run with Ben & Ami Barzelay - August 19-20, 2005© Photos by Mark Primo Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a run to Blue Water with my 3 sons along with Ben Barzelay and his son Amiel. We left out Friday evening stopped at FH-13 on the way and picked up one decent snapper. Then we hit the Murphy rig to catch some live hardtails. We started at VK862 in 1150 feet of water. The Blackfin were cooperative, but the Yellowfin were not. We caught perhaps a dozen but we kept wondering what the Ram Powell might have waiting for us another 9 miles out. We made the run only to find a parking lot of about 8 boats. Although we charted some fish, we could not get them interested and only picked up one more blackfin. We then went over to Neptune to find a couple more fishing boats and 2 work boats. We picked up 2 bonito and were frustrated we traveled so far for them. We ran back to where we started, but the action was slim to none. I made a dive on the rig and found it interesting that the rig did not have much growth on it. There were a few spiny oysters and several pencil urchins which you don't see too much on the shallower rigs. There were very few game fish, but there was the most sharks that I have ever seen on a single dive. Perhaps a dozen were cruising around and thru the rig. We then ran in closer to MP277 which was a very nice dive with alot of life and several queen angels to entertain. We hit another rig coming in and some bottom spots that produced a nice gag grouper for both Bens, a sow snapper for my son Paul, and several other keeper snapper. It was a grueling long trip that encompassed 23 hours and 210 miles, and even though we did not find the Yellowfin cooperative, we had a great time.