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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 4 Collier County Fishing Camp: Charter Trip

Today my fishing camp and I took a charter trip with Cruise Naples out of Tin City to try our luck fishing from a boat. We fished a little at the Santa Lucia Reef out of Gordan Pass for awhile, but it became a little too choppy, and we headed inshore. We fished the rest of the morning around Naples Bay. Granted most of the the kids caught fish, but I don't think any records were broken. I am happy to say that after this trip all of the students have caught at least one fish now, which is always a big relief when doing these camps. Our catch included pinfish, scaled sardine, pigfish, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and jack crevalle. One student hooked up with a goliath grouper and he did such an awesome job fighting it for a good fifteen minutes, but ultimately the grouper won the battle and escaped. Another student did go home with a legal mangrove snapper, so its good to know at least one student will be having fresh fish for dinner. Enjoy the pictures.
checking out a bald eagle on the way out of Gordan Pass

First catch of the camp (and dinner for this young angler)

fighting a goliath grouper (originally he had a pinfish on, but as he was reeling it up, we saw the goliath go after it.)

Fishing inside of Gordan Pass

We were pursued by dolphins most of the time while inside the Pass

The first Jack caught at camp

A nice little sheepshead

One of several mangrove snappers caught today

Just under the size limit, but still a good catch

This mangrove snapper like many of the others were caught in the last 45 minutes of fishing


The first "oyster" fish of the day!

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