Fishing New Waters On A New Boat
When I was invited for a week on the gulf coast of Florida by friends, I jumped on it. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up since in Maryland it is currently below freezing and calling for snow and ice.
I was especially excited since my friends had just purchased a new boat. A seafoam green Hanson. A beautiful boat that we decided should be named The Sea Donkey. So I knew that fishing would be in order.
I have not fished many places besides the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries so I didn’t really know what to expect but I was excited.
They live right on a canal so it was a slow, fun ride out to the gulf, looking at all the beautiful waterfront homes, as well as birds and wildlife.
Once we got out into the gulf we took a short run to our first fishing spot and without any bites, after a good bit, we decided to take a longer run out and find another fishing spot.
My First Florida Catches
Using squid as bait, I landed two fish on my first cast! A crazy looking Toadfish and a White Grunt. Reeling them it was fun having no idea what to expect. Then I saw that I caught not only one, but two fish! Different species at that!
We had a good little run where we were all catching the White Grunts. It was a lot of fun. The nice size ones went in the cooler to go home for dinner.
It seemed the fish were on to us, so again we decided we would run out even further to a new fishing spot. About a half hour later we got to the spot. The wind had kicked up and it was rough. We each probably just took one cast and then decided we better head back. It was too rough to be any fun. Come to find out my friend’s husband had forgotten to bring the radio with us (if our cell phones didn’t have service we wouldn’t have been able to call for help). Luckily, he didn’t tell us that until we were safely back on land eating dinner. Knowing that would have really freaked us out!
It Was A Great First Florida Fishing Experience!
We made it back safely to the canal. Then needed to stop and get more gas for the “Sea Donkey”, to get ready for tomorrows fishing excursion. We stopped at Skeleton Key Marina, where one of the employees gave us some local advice on where we could find honey holes for different types of fish.
Tomorrow we plan on fishing in the canal and see what we can catch. Stay tuned for the second fishing report from the “Sea Donkey”.