Anyways we left at 6 in morning and it was freezing on the ride out. the ride to frying pan shoals is around 30 miles or so. It felt like a long 30 miles. We jumped in on some rocks Albie said were loaded with fish last week but there wasn’t much on them. A couple sheepshead, and schools of amberjack was it. There were schools of Amberjacks everywhere by the way. I did not see the monster jacks like Albie had seen the week before but there were jacks everywhere, almost every dive.
We dove the actual tower and Albie got a grouper off it and we both both got a couple sheepshead. I stoned a 50# aj off the tower as well, that’s a big fish for the Keys but nothing for North Carolina. Albie said he saw jacks that were 60-70 pounds all over the week before, and I had hoped to shot one big jack bigger then anything I had gotten in the keys but it wasn’t happening. The water was also supposed to 69 degrees the week before but when we got to the tower it was a balmy 63 degrees. Frankly the idea to run up there was kind of out the blue and I wasn’t really prepared to for it. By the after noon I was freezing.
We ended up getting the boat limit on gags. Someone from NC was trying to tell Albie that the gags are same as blacks in terms of spookiness. They are so wrong, at least from what I saw. I could pretty much swim down and put the gun on the head of a gag at the shoal.
We dove a deeper ledge and I shot a around 35# king fish which spooled my reel and took me for a ride. I don’t know how it got off, I think maybe a shark bit it. There were a number of sandbar sharks hanging around, they didn’t take any fish but they wanted to.
On the way in we hit a shallow wreck that was loaded with sheepshead and black sea bass. Of course black sea bass were closed and we couldn’t take of them.
I did not see one hogfish all day.
I took a couple short video clips, not enough to really make a video with but I’ll post them on here anyway.