|Posted on October 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM|
Tim, a veteran whose tour of duty was in Iraq helps out at Fishin Franks were his dad Chris a good friend of Franks has helped out at the store for 20 plus years.
Tim has been wanting me to take him fishing for some time but we were not able to hook up till now. I could see it in his eyes about the excitement of getting to go with a fishing guide. He also said he’ll have another fishing story to tell cuz he just doesn’t have many.
We met up at Fishin Franks before the sun came up and I picked up some shrimp. We launched out of Ponce de Leon boat ramp. A good early morning start, we were running the flats with a beautiful sunrise coming up, it was going to be a good day.
I pulled into a favorite spot, anchored and 5 minutes later Tim hooked up on a nice red. This was a good start to a promising day.
Tim got in fight with a big red that refused to give up. He didn’t realize they could put up such a battle. It was the biggest red he ever caught. After catching several more Redfish and Trout, Tim had His keeper Red and a Trout in the live well. The tide was getting low and the Reds had stopped biting so we decided to move on and go catch some live bait. We found Sardines to fill the live wells.
We took a run to Pine Island to look for some bigger trout and whatever else we could hook up on. We fished one of the deeper flats and caught several trout, snapper and lady fish.
The tide was coming back in and a problem came up. The rear live well pump had gone out and we had dead bait. So with one live well down with dead bait and one full with live bait and our keeper fish we headed back north towards the boat ramp.
Tim said he was going to help out at Fishin Franks at 6:00 so he would need to get back and pick up his car by 5:00. So running low on time we stopped at one of the hotter spots to get a Snook to finish off the day with a slam.
We cleaned out the dead bait from the live well and started fishing hard and fast. Shortly after getting there Tim hooked up on his biggest Snook ever. After a few more fish it was time to go. The fish were still biting so I asked Tim if he would consider calling Frank and say he was too sick to come in. But everyone knew he was out fishing with me so that was not going to fly. Earthquake? Tsunami? Boat sank? Frank’s probably heard them all or came up with a few of those too. Oh well my wife never believes that stuff either.
We got to the boat ramp and I cleaned fish in record time and got Tim back to Fishin Franks by 5:00 and we transferred the fish to his car. Tim was helping out at Fishin Franks that night from 6:00 to midnight and wanted to go home first and get cleaned up. Seemed like an extra hour we could have fished but guess he didn’t want smell and look like he had been fishing all day. I am sure he had a long night. He said it would be worth it because this was his best fishing day yet catching fish. That said I had a great day to so I headed home.
Captain Jerry Gillespie
Comment from Tim
Thank you for the GREAT day of fishing! I dont get out on the water that much, but i got to say- it was the best fishing day i've had in many years.