Last Thursday, Tom and the boys planned a day of fishing with Tim, and they got an early start.
The boys were prepared with their new “fishing shirts”, and ready to catch some fish!
The morning started out with a dense fog, but before long the sun had burned its way through, and it was promising to be a beautiful day on the gulf.
Bryce made the 1st catch of the day!
Nicolas wasn’t having any luck, and despite trying several different locations, they had only caught one keeper by the time they picked up Denise and I at noon.
Tim put Bryce in the driver seat, and we headed out into the gulf to try their luck at May’s Reef.
After showing him how to read the gauges, he set him loose behind the wheel!
We arrived at May’s Reef, encouraged by the sight of many other fishermen there,
but a little discouraged to see that some dolphins had taken up residence in the same area – they had been following the guys around all morning!
They didn’t have any better luck here, so we moved on.
We cruised past Ft. Myers Beach,
our beach at Lovers Key State Park,
and Bonita Springs,
on our way to Little Hickory Island.
Denise and I got off the boat to do a little shelling on the beach, where we were greeted by this guy.
The guys stayed on the boat and continued to try to catch some fish, without much luck.
The water in this area was shallow and clear, and Denise and I found lots of great shells. It was starting to look like that was all we were going to be going home with!
There should have been fish around, if the pelicans were any sign . . .
but the fish just weren’t biting!
From Little Hickory Island, we travelled up the canal – past hotels and homes on the beach,
and back into Estero Bay. They tried the spot where Nick caught the big grouper last time, but again the dolphins were hanging around, scaring away all the fish!
We eventually went back to the same place where they caught all the trout and whiting last time, and finally started pulling in some fish!
In fact, they started catching so many fish that Nicolas and Bryce had to start taking them off the hook by themselves!
Even Denise got into the act and caught a few! Tom and I just relaxed and enjoyed the scenery – watching boats go by,
spotting dolphins and birds,
and enjoying the setting sun!
The guys were finally having fun, catching lots of fish, that they just couldn’t bring themselves to stop! They thought they were done when they ran out of bait, but just then one of the charter captains came by and gave them his leftovers! Just a little while longer!
Watching the sonar fish-finder, we could see the non-stop parade of fish passing under the boat, and as soon as somebody cast their line they were pulling in a whiting or a trout.
This one is a whiting – they look very similar, but the whiting’s mouth is on the bottom of his head (looks a little bit like a shark), whereas the trout’s mouth is in the middle of its head, and they have 2 big fangs on top.
As the sun set over the trees, they finally ran out of bait and we were done for the day.
They ended up with 28 keepers – not a bad catch considering how badly the day had started out! Thanks for another beautiful day on the water, Captain Tim!!