She was a lean mean “fishing machine” as we headed out on our overnight maiden fishing voyage aboard the new Emerald Spirit. The excitement had built as the month long anticipated trip had finally arrived. Some anglers came to the boat the night before as they pulled into town to find last minute preparations taking place. They went to purchase a Saltwater Series Tournament ticket and were off to get a good night’s rest for the 36 hour fishing marathon.
About twelve men gathered at daybreak to board the new vessel. She gleamed metallically as the sun rose awaiting her captain and crew to charter into unknown territory. The first stop brought us Mingos and a few Scamp. We caught Red Grouper, Gag Grouper as we fished out to the rigs where we got Amberjack. As the afternoon went on we got our evening Tuna as we grilled on the Big Green Egg. We shut down about 2 a.m. for a few hours rest and then were back up after the Tuna for the early morning catch. When the Tuna quit biting we moved on to more Amberjack and Grouper, Scamp and Mingos to arrive back at 6 p.m. with 1200 pounds of fish (see picture). It was a great first trip for an experienced captain and crew.
When we arrived at the dock we were so pumped up exclaiming how much fun had been had, how much food eaten and how it had been the best fishing trip ever. We weighed in for the tournament and ended up with three fish on the board, an 11 pound Trigger, which currently still holds 1st place; a 55.6 pound Amberjack which was third and a 4.8 pound Mingo which is big for that species.
Come on down and catch fish with us – GUARANTEED FUN!
Captain George Pfeiffer
Action Charter Service