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It was about 2 am in the morning and the seas were rough. We were just rounding Ship Island, watching the Mississippi Gulf Coast sky line fade away.
It was late August and I still remember the phone call like it was yesterday. My pal Capt. Corey Pietraszek called me up with an invite to fish the following day. Corey runs Plug n’ Play Charter Group, and since both of us are usually very busy and rarely have free time to get out on the water together I readily accepted the offer, especially since the plan was to target the bonito that had been giving his charter customers their money’s worth in the preceding few days.
If you are saltwater fishing in blue water and live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast there’s two choices. Either you ride or drive to the blue water. Obviously, if the vessel is a sport fisher the choice has been made in advance, but if your boat can be trailered, well then I believe the term is road trip. In most cases, either way, the trip is going to cost about three hours of drive/ride time.
The 22 anglers who headed out aboard Captain Art Taylor’s Searcher out of Fisherman’s Landing for a late-September six-day Penn Fishing University long range adventure found tuna and yellowtail in abundance, along with dorado, and even a “once in a lifetime” encounter with a huge group of sperm whales.
On Sunday, September 2nd, my crew consisting of Tuckker Brasher from West Marine’s Jupiter store, Laura Modena and I aboard my 21’ ProSports BayKat Can’t Say No powered by a Suzuki F200 headed out the St. Lucie Inlet. We had to go farther offshore to find bluewater than normal due to recent heavy rain runoff from the St. Lucie River. We hit our usual spots for getting some live bait but only found blue runners and hornbellies. Our target that Sunday was to find a nice wahoo (or two). On the way out, Tuckker and I talked about blue marlin. I wanted to finish the St. Lucie Inlet Grand Slam (swordfish, sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin). All that was left was to find that blue marlin someday…long odds for sure, but today it was about finding wahoo.
By Capt. Troy Pate If I had the means, I would charter a boat and enter all categories to fish …
Drone footage shows sharks approaching surfers and paddle boarders near the Fort Pierce Inlet in Fort Pierce, Florida. At one point a big shark nearly attacks a smaller shark right next to a surfer.