Final Grouper of the Season - Not Cancer Related......

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Skiffin16
Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
I know some might be tired of reading my fishing reports, sorry.....

I just can't help myself...I'm a Aquaholik, I love fishing, and being on the water is the best place to do that.

Last Grouper story of the year, they are closed season ending today until next July;

Josh and I got out early Sunday morning on the his flats boat to meet some rough seas inside Tampa Bay. Loading up the livewell with pinfish and grunts was a bumpy adventure but worth the work.

We got our limit of two 22"+ grouper (in between numerous shorts) at the usual haunts. Big laugh of the day - I got nailed by a monster that had my rod doubled over the gunwale and ended with a broken knot at the hook. Not more than five seconds later Josh gets slammed, he digs up a fat fish nearly 27". As we pull him off of the deck and out of the net....there's my circle hook stuck in the corner of his mouth.

Ha! Finders-keepers, losers-weepers, ... of course Josh gave me back my hook...dohhhh!!

Josh's 27" Grouper

John's 26" Grouper

Thoughts and Prayers to all of you, and hoping you'll be out doing what you love soon.
~John

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  • longtermsurvivor
    longtermsurvivor Member Posts: 1,842 Member
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    Great story
    A few years back my wife and I were up fishing for halibut in Alaska. The boat next to us had four guys on it. While we watched, one by one, all four guys hooked up. Bent double rods, screaming and shouting, betting on who had the biggest fish. Half an hour later, they raised a halibut that weighed 295#. All four had simultaneously hooked the same fish. The darned thing had simply gone around and vacccuumed up all their baits.

    These things you just have to witness:)
  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,031 Member
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    ?????
    I don't know, sounds like a couple of fish stories to me : ) sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Glad to hear that you do what you enjoy, isn't that what we learn the most after what we have been through...enjoy each day

    All kidding aside. My very Best to each and Everyone Here
  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
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    Hi John

    Wow man they are some nice looking fish and just the right size for the barbecue pit, or what we Islanders call Fish Cowdo. Fish Cowdo is a little of everything you find on the Island that you can put in a large pot with a nice piece of fish.

    Take care and keep fishing one of these day you might hook Moby-**** :+})
    Hondo
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Great story
    A few years back my wife and I were up fishing for halibut in Alaska. The boat next to us had four guys on it. While we watched, one by one, all four guys hooked up. Bent double rods, screaming and shouting, betting on who had the biggest fish. Half an hour later, they raised a halibut that weighed 295#. All four had simultaneously hooked the same fish. The darned thing had simply gone around and vacccuumed up all their baits.

    These things you just have to witness:)

    Since You Asked, LOL...
    A few months ago, Josh and I were fishing for flounder.

    Josh hooked a nice one, but the fish rubbed a piling and broke off. Josh was using this yellow power pro braided line and a pink yozuri leader....it's an unusual combination of lines.

    Anyways, the following week-end I was fishing the same area. I hooked this nice 18" flounder...again, plopped him on the deck, and he's got a 2 1/2' piece of yellow power pro line and pink yozuri leader hanging from his mouth, the jighead Josh had been using had nearly rusted through...another few days I would have never known that I caught Josh's fish....

    And yes, I let Josh know that I got it, with a nice photo of Parmesan Cheese/Mayo Broiled Flounder with a big helping of Cheese Grits slightly off to the side...bawahahaha....

    JG
  • Baygal
    Baygal Member Posts: 34
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    Grouper Throats
    Best grouper I ever ate was fried and grilled grouper throats at the Captain's Table Restaurant in Panama City Fl.
    Vickie finished her third round of Chemo on October 31st. On November 11, she was seen by her ENT doctor who examined the lympt nodes on the left side of her neck and scoped her throat. He then told us that he could find NO evidence of cancer. She had a CT scan yesterday, and if it proves him correct, he said she probable will not need to do the neck disection, but rather go right in to the radition phase. We'll know the results of the CT scan tomorrow. Can't wait till tomorrow.
    Our best to all,
    Bob and Vickie
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Baygal said:

    Grouper Throats
    Best grouper I ever ate was fried and grilled grouper throats at the Captain's Table Restaurant in Panama City Fl.
    Vickie finished her third round of Chemo on October 31st. On November 11, she was seen by her ENT doctor who examined the lympt nodes on the left side of her neck and scoped her throat. He then told us that he could find NO evidence of cancer. She had a CT scan yesterday, and if it proves him correct, he said she probable will not need to do the neck disection, but rather go right in to the radition phase. We'll know the results of the CT scan tomorrow. Can't wait till tomorrow.
    Our best to all,
    Bob and Vickie

    LOL...Cheeks
    Bob, you probably might mean Grouper Cheeks..., but you never know, LOL.

    OOOOPS, I stand corrected, I just Googled it, and actually the Restaurant you mentioned popped up, I also saw a photo of Grouper Throats from another site.... man, apparently you learn something new everyday..looked preetty good. I see that I'm going to need to perform more field research on the subject, LOL...

    Anyways, awesome news on Vickie...hoping no dissection or extra treatment is needed...rads is hard enough to deal with.

    Looking forward to more good news,
    John
  • jim and i
    jim and i Member Posts: 1,788 Member
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    Love those fishing stories
    I am so envious. Jim and I are going to check out Lake Woodruf today. Just to see what the fisherman are catching and to smell the water. Jim can't balance in the boat yet. Don't stop posting your fishing stories, they lift Jim and I's spirits.

    Keep fishing:) Debbie
  • KTeacher
    KTeacher Member Posts: 1,103
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    Fish
    I'm sure that you will find something else to fish for. Is there some fish that you will be able to stuff to add to your turkey dinner! I do enjoy hearing about your adventures at sea.
  • RogerRN43
    RogerRN43 Member Posts: 185
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    John, I watched part of a fishing show today because of you, lol. They were catching huge pikes.
    Some of my friends fish but I have only tried it a handful of times.

    I am glad you contribute here, your fish stories are an inspiration that we will all do again what we love in some form or another post treatment.

    Bless you
  • Hondo
    Hondo Member Posts: 6,636 Member
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    KTeacher said:

    Fish
    I'm sure that you will find something else to fish for. Is there some fish that you will be able to stuff to add to your turkey dinner! I do enjoy hearing about your adventures at sea.

    Fishing all day
    When I went home this year and my cousin and I went fishing all day and got nothing. He looks at me and said man you are bad luck I have never had a day where I went home empty. So before going home to the main Island we stopped at the one of the keys and he walked over to one place that buys fish from the local fishermen. He knew the people there very well, and the next thing I know here he comes carrying some very big fish, I said did you have to buy them, he said just keep quiet. When we made it back to his house his wife came to the boat and looked and said you guys had a pretty good day, he said yep we caught them at the keys.

    Do all fishermen lie or do only liars fish!!!
    Hondo
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Next....
    Thanks all....

    Yes, of course, I always have a back up plan, LOL....

    Winter time I fish for Specks (Crappie)...freshwater.

    Bay fishing will be Sheepshead, and if things get tough and I need a fix, there's always Seatrout and Silver Trout.

    Seatrout and Silver Trout are bigger in the winter and usually pretty easy to catch for the most part.

    Best,
    John
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788 Member
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    :)
    It is cancer-related, John. It is about surviving cancer and living to fish another day.

    Incidentally, Josh was right in giving up the hook but not the fish. If it were me, I would have kept the hook too, and had it stuck on a plaque that said "Dad didn't catch it, but I did and got his hook back for him too." :)

    Take care,

    Joe
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    :)
    It is cancer-related, John. It is about surviving cancer and living to fish another day.

    Incidentally, Josh was right in giving up the hook but not the fish. If it were me, I would have kept the hook too, and had it stuck on a plaque that said "Dad didn't catch it, but I did and got his hook back for him too." :)

    Take care,

    Joe

    LOL....
    Thanks Joe....you're right...it is definitely cancer related.

    We had something similar happen during the summer Flounder fishing, only the other way around, so it was payback time.

    Best to you and yours during the Holidays,
    ~John