High Hopes Charters Fish Reports

Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 2, 2007



Walter Abicht with a Bull Red released on a recent full day reef trip.

Monday, November 19, 2007

November19, 2007

Bob McMorrow, Son Ron and Grandson Ronnie Fished the Clam Pass Reef area today and spent the whole trip fighting two Black Tip Sharks. Little Ronnie, 11 years old, did battle for an hour and forty five minuets before he got a 6 footer along side the boat for the release. Next it was Ron's turn. He was able to beat an identical shark in about an hour. Broke the rod in the fight but was still able to get the fish to the boat.

November 15, 2007


Chris Gillies with a King Mackerel.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Bob McMorrow, Bob Stalone and Frank Rothwell fished the near shore reefs. It was the first day in a week that the wind was down enough to get out. The water was still stirred up from the north winds of the week before. Surface temperature was 73 and no visible bait on the surface. After chumming the reef for an hour the Spanish Mackerel started hitting silver spoons on the surface followed by several hit and miss attempts at the flat lines on the big rods. Finally a big fish took the flat lined sardine. Bob Stalone did a great job of getting the fish to the boat, a nice 38 inch Cobia. After resetting the lines and a short wait, we got another Cobia that we released.

Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Harned and Davis Party fished the Wiggins 3 mile reef Thursday morning. Leaving Wiggins Pass the birds were working huge bait schools just a half mile out. We threw spoons there fore a few minuets and got several small jacks and a 30 inch Bonito that was later used for bait. The reef area looked good as we approached. Lots of birds diving and Mackerel coming out of the water every where. The men were using spoons and getting nice sized Spanish Mackerel on every other cast. The ladies on the other hand, were using a more laid back technique, live bait on the bottom with out much success. Half way into the trip a school of 6 foot Lemon Sharks moved in on the Mackerel. All around and under the boat was a feeding frenzy. Mackerel eating bait, Sharks eating Mackerel. That lasted for ten minuets, then one of the Sharks took the flat line and the fight was on. Unfortunately after a 40 minuet fight we lost that one. After that the bite was over and it was time to call it a day. Final cooler count was 28 Spanish and one 36 inch King Mackerel.

Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tim Clemmons and friends Scott and Jeff from Minnesota flew in at 12 noon and were on the water by 2 pm. A backwater warm up before tomorrows offshore trip. Live shrimp, light rods and Coors Lite, these guys were in heaven. They caught a variety of fish, Mangrove Snapper, small Snook, Red Fish, Crevelle Jacks, Lady Fish and a couple Spanish Macs at the Pass.

Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Minnesota Crew was ready for the Gulf. As soon as we made it to open water you could see bait breaking and birds diving. It looked like very small bait fish with Jacks driving them to the surface. We moved out to the Wiggins 5 mile area where we anchored and set up our chum and chunk slick. In 30 minuets bait and Spanish were on the surface taking spoons. A Bonito Head on the bottom attached to a stand up Penn 4/0 with 60 lb test mono and 90 lb wire produced 3 massive hits. The first 2 didn't stick but the third strike was the charm. Scott took the rod from the holder and set the hook hard. 45 minuets later we had a huge Lemon Shark along side the boat for the release.