Bobby Easom & Crew - August 15, 2009© Photos by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
Bobby Easom booked this trip and brought along Stuart Tune as well as David and Brett Feldman, all from Newton, MS. The plan was to mostly Spearfish and bring back some meat, but with Red Snapper Season closing at 12:01AM this very day, our plans were in jeopardy. We decided to go east and look for some Amberjack, so we headed for VK-251 which had recent reports of Amberjack. We stopped at the Fox Tug on the way and all we found were Snapper. At VK-251 there were 3 other boats working her over and we did not even see the first Amberjack. From there we hit the Blue Dolphin only to find lots of really big Snapper teasing us to poke them. After that we tried the Murphy Rigs and once again we could only find Red Snapper. The take home was really weak with only a few sharks and small Mangroves. In hind sight, we should have probably headed west in search of Grouper, Mangroves, and Cobia, but that's fishing. The weather also did not help as Tropical Storm Claudette was forming just a little further to our east. That kept us from trying to venture even farther out with our heavy load of 12 Scuba Tanks and 6 persons. Anyway, we made the best of it, the visibility was actually pretty good, and I think everyone enjoyed a day out on the water. As they say, a bad day fishing is always better than a good day at work. Total trip encompassed 110 miles, 14 hours, and 76.1 gallons of fuel ($201). See Bobby's Previous Trips, Nov 10, 2007, August 13, 2005. During the 2007 Trip, I encountered the most sharks I have ever seen on a single dive. You can check out this Video Clip, but it was much more impressive in person.