Monday, October 29, 2007

The Old Man and the Sea

As all may know, we went to Ocracoke this past September for one of the family rituals that we have nurtured through the years (along with the fair in October, Texas in July, Badin Lake in March etc). Chubby and Sallie came in from Texas and Brittney breezed in from UNC the last couple of days. Well, our trip is old news, but suffice it to say that we had a great time. If it weren't for the mosquitoes that nearly carried us away, I believe it might have been even better.

Chubby saved his money and wanted us to go out on a charter boat and catch a "big fish". We chartered a boat and went out on Thursday morning, which turned out to be the first day of the week with threatening weather. Still, we made it to the wreck without difficulty. We did have some waves which made it easy to get a little queezy (just ask Hunter). Once on the wreck, we started fishing and almost immediately started hanging fish. The first several cut the lines but eventually, we started hooking some that stayed on. This one was the biggest of the day, an Amberjack weighing 46#. We caught two others greater than 25 pounds.

Hunter caught a bunch of Vermilion snappers, but wasn't quite able to bring in the Amberjacks. I believe he did help us though by his frequent "chumming" of the waters :-)