Poor Start But a Great Finish by Bob Dodds

Our opening week trip for sea bass trip didn’t start too well. I was fishing with my son Shawn, neighbor Kyle and his boss Tony. One way to get a day off, is to ask your boss to come. As we started, that 1/2” increase to 13” looked like it would spoil our trip. Most of the initial fish were between 12.5 and just shy of 13”. However, we were fishing with Capt. Greg Carr on the Kev n Ash II and he has never failed us before.

He didn’t this time either. We moved several times and started getting good sized sea bass. We ended the day with a boat limit of 50 sea bass from 13 – 20+” including the keeper double shown below. Shawn got the beautiful big one and this time beat his father. We had time left on the charter so Greg took us into the bay for some fluke fishing before the winds kicked up. We did get 1 20″ keeper and 2 shorts before calling it quits.
It was another enjoyable trip. However, watch out next time Shawn.

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