Good Deale – Stormy Petrel

I received a call from a fellow Captain, Steve Goins on Saturday evening asking if I wanted to mate for him the next morning (Sunday, 9-12-2010) aboard the Stormy Petrel. He didn’t have to pull my arm as I always enjoy fishing with Captain Steve. We left Deale, MD at 6:30am with a party of five, Buffalo Bills fans might I add… It took a few minutes to get over but I forgave them as we approached the fishing grounds where  we spent the next 30 minutes loading up on spot.  We headed across the bay under rainy conditions and stopped at Gum Thickets and put over some spot. On the first drift we managed one keeper but it was by no means red hot fishing to start the day. We eventually got word  of a bite a few miles south so we pulled the rods and pointed the 42′ Robins  that way at full throttle. When we arrived on site there were birds working all over the place. I got the crew baited up with spot as they huddled around the livewell trying to keep their fresh spot lively while Captain Steve got us into position.

“Drop em” was the call from Capt. Steve as we all took note of the blob of fish coming across the fish finder. Everyone dropped over their spot, including myself which produced a few blues and a keeper rock for the fish box. Over the next few hours we continued to pick away at a rock limit for the crew. After a while we decided to switch tactics to trolling in hopes of getting into a few Spanish macs. We put over a 4 rod spread that only produced a couple of blues. Today the fish wanted live spot and I did get one nice fish on a 2 oz stingsilver jigged directly on the bottom. You know you had a good day when your crew looks like this on the ride home…

The crew decided on pictures after I was finished cleaning the blues and a few rock so this is what was left of the catch- non filleted.  No giant fish today but these were nice, healthy summer fish. The crew went home happy and this was the first trip in a while where I came home from fishing with more money than I left! Great job Capt. Steve! Thanks, and lets do it again soon!

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  1. Capt. Steve Goins says:

    It was a good day Dave……weather coulda been better but fishin’s an outdoor sport……I was glad to have an experienced mate on board……you are welcome anytime.

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