Mike Waldroup & Jacelyn Berthelot - June 5, 2011© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a trip by Mike Waldroup & Jacelyn Berthelot of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My son Paul (16) worked the Deck. The trip started a little slow with some choppy seas holding us to FH-13 for a couple hours. The bite was not too hot, but as mid-day approached, the seas laid down a little and we got out to some deeper water where we found some quality fish. We were looking for a cobia under the Shrimp Boat "Master Mike" and our Mike picked up a decent Shark. We delivered 4 lively young via C-Section and sent them on their way. We picked up a nice Gag Grouper (and a couple smaller ones) as well as a couple Warsaw Grouper. We also caught some nice Red Snapper in the 18 pound class. There were lesions evident on one (pic 3583) that some people are contributing to the oil spill of 2010. Mike allowed me to dive one of the Rigs we were fishing (CA37) and I got some pics and video. While I was doing that, he boated a nice redfish, but I had the camera with me underwater so no proof. We tried some more shallow reefs, but I think the recent derby style fishing pressure caused by unfair regulations is showing it's toll. The same unfair regulations kept us from bringing home the Gag Grouper, a Warsaw, and a Redfish, AND we could not Target Amberjack. But we had already made our day anyway. It was a great fun day in the Sun that encompassed 103 nautical miles, 13 hours, and 63.5 gallons of fuel.