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    Jekyll Island and Mexico Beach Fishing Trip Pictures

    The last 3 weekends we have spent some time on the coast. First was the Atlantic, for a little shark fishing, and next was in the Gulf for some relaxation.

    The shark fishing was mainly just standing around on the beach and watching the current toss our baits right back on shore, but we did manage a few, including a couple on our "big daddy" shark rod, which is new to us. Also, the shark fishing took place over Memorial Day weekend. I was amazed at how deserted parts of the beach were. If you don't mind the walk, you can get a nice half mile stretch of beach to yourself:

    We were trying to decide if there was actually a shark hooked up or not:



    After we decided there was indeed something on the line, I suited up and here is an action shot from the intense battle:



    And once the beast hit the sand:



    We were a little upset that we pretty much wasted a nice piece of bonita on that monster. But, it was the first fish on the 14/0 senator, so we were excited to break the skunk on it. Little did we know, about the time we dropped a second bait on it, fish on again! Eric was up next, and it was game time!



    After another intense battle, this monster hit the shore:



    At that point, we quit dropping baits on the big rod because it was getting expensive.

    The next bite came on a bait we just cast out with the 4/0 (thanks Wally) and 12ft surf rod. My buddy Justin was up, and he got a pretty good fight. I don't think this one never hit the sand though because I don't remember it, and we don't have any pictures of it. At some point, the hook must have pulled out.






    After we were all losing hope of an actual decent bite, right as the sun was setting, one of the 9/0 senators takes off, and this was the end result:



    This shark was a tank. Super heavy for its length and put up an awesome fight for its size. Not a monster by any means, but it was the highlight of our Jekyll trip.

    The next weekend my wife and I headed to Mexico Beach for a week. She quit her job at the end of May, so this was our last "hoo-rah" before we have to really start watching our money. She is going to go full time with our online tackle store, so needless to say, we are going to be broke for a while until it picks up...haha

    We rented a house, just across the street from the beach, and it was a super short walk to actually hit sand. Not to mention the view off the deck was awesome.



    While we were in MB, I surf fished every day, and caught so many pin fish, catfish and whiting, I lost count. But, I did manage one small pompano, which was a first for me, so that was cool. We also have some friends who met us in Lanark, and we did a day of inshore fishing on their boat. I managed to catch my first Spanish Mackerel, and that was sweet. The wind was blowing like crazy, so every time you cast, you got a huge bow in the line. Well, this mackerel hit so hard and fast, it sounded like a gun shot when the bow snapped up out of the water.




    We also managed a bunch of short trout, and this little guy. On a medium heavy bass rod, this was one heck of a fight:



    That was pretty much our trip. A lot of fun and I am already in saltwater withdrawals. I've been on the lake twice now, but each time head to the coast, it gets a little harder to come back. Also, my wife will be joining BBC in the next few days to help out with some of the product questions, so you guys take it easy on her for a while! She did work at a car dealership for the last 3 years as a service writer, so she is pretty use to working around a bunch of guys, but try and give her a week or so to get warmed up to everyone

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    You are a brave man for posting a pic of your wife. I did that one time and it was the last time after some members made some off the cuff comments.
    Great pics, looks like it was a blast!
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    Awesome pics man. I LOVE the salt and will live closer one day. Thanks for posting.

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    Man that looks like a fun trip.
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    Been fishing off lanark many many times tarpon season should be in full swing there now

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradjames12 View Post
    You are a brave man for posting a pic of your wife. I did that one time and it was the last time after some members made some off the cuff comments.
    Great pics, looks like it was a blast!
    Thanks! She worked in a car dealership for 3 years, so she has pretty much heard it all.

    Quote Originally Posted by RoadrashPaul View Post
    Awesome pics man. I LOVE the salt and will live closer one day. Thanks for posting.
    We are just close enough that we can make it a weekend trip if we are really motivated. But we do spend a lot of late nights cruising there and back. 5 hours is a long trip, but it's just short enough that we can talk ourselves into doing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jedwards View Post
    Man that looks like a fun trip.
    It really is a lot of fun. The shark fishing from the surf is a ton of work, but when you do get a big bite, there is not a feeling like it. The sound those reels make as a shark just peels line off gets my adrenaline pumping like nothing else. Just thinking about it right now has my heart pumping.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikepags View Post
    Been fishing off lanark many many times tarpon season should be in full swing there now
    That was the first time I'd ever been, but for saltwater ramps, it was a nice place. The launch fee was a little steep, but well worth a day out there. I was hoping to run into a tarpon also, but the weather was making it tough to get around in the skiff we were in. Most of the day we were fishing the grass around Dog Island, trying to hide from the wind. Awesome place though, and I can't wait to go back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbmang View Post
    Thanks! She worked in a car dealership for 3 years, so she has pretty much heard it all.


    Great pics !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbmang View Post



    That was the first time I'd ever been, but for saltwater ramps, it was a nice place. The launch fee was a little steep, but well worth a day out there. I was hoping to run into a tarpon also, but the weather was making it tough to get around in the skiff we were in. Most of the day we were fishing the grass around Dog Island, trying to hide from the wind. Awesome place though, and I can't wait to go back.
    believe it or not there is an airstrip on Dog Island back when I was training for my private pilots license I use to land there sometimes when I was feeling brave its a cool place to go walk around as there is no main land access you either float or fly in.......... Honestly I love that strip of gulf from St Marks to Apalachicola and at some point will end up back there. Tarpon fishing in May and June around turkey point and mud cove is amazing, and I don't think there is a better place to grouper fish anywhere than off Carrabelle

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    Dog Island was very cool. I think it would be a cool spot to have a place, as long as you had a boat with an enclosure to get out there and stay dry, if needed. Our friends go out there a bunch and pull up on the beach. They say they can be out there all day and not see another person on the beach. Sounds like my kind of place.

    We do love that stretch of the Gulf as well. Mexico Beach seems to be growing up a bit, but its still got that small, coastal town feel. Plus, it's close enough to Panama City that we can run out there one evening if the wife is wanting to go out. Then, you can drive an hour in the other direction and be in Lanark/Apalachicola and have access to some awesome fishing.

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    Only problem with having a place on Dog Island is getting anything to it and back off.......like a new A/C unit or refrigerator.......or tile for the bathroom you want to remodel .........its a cool idea until you start trying to figure out how it would work (at least to me and my dad when we toyed with getting a weekend place out there)......plus I am not 100% sure that Dog Island will always be there if you drive around the entire island you will see a few house are quickly running our of sand..........only time you will see crowds is during the "white trash bash" or whatever they call it

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    Goin Fishing be home for Hunting Season !!!!!!!!!

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    Yep, I didn't even think of that. Since it wouldn't be a possibility for a long time, I'm going to hold on to the fantasy for a while at least...haha...I think we missed the White Trash Bash by a week or two because my friend said it was packed out there for that.

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    Looks like you had a good time. You guys really need to get more sun or leave your shirts on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbmang View Post
    Yep, I didn't even think of that.
    yeah its all fun and games dreaming of the private island get away..........until you realize you have to take a 10-20 min boat ride across a few miles of salt water to the harbor and either hike the few miles down the dirt roads or have a golf cart or vehicle that you leave at the harbor for however long........just getting cold or frozen food from the store to your house would be a huge PITA in the summer let alone any kind of building supplies.......also remember you have to lug your trash off as well

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    Looks like you had a great time.....Though the first pic showed a "white out" on the beach....that must have been a little scary

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    Growing up I had family that lived in Mexico beach. Brings back good memories of catching shark, Spanish and king mackerel just of the beach. Good times right there

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    Looks like you guys had a great time. Good pictures and enjoyed the stories.

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    SO............. that's where ya been Chris!!! Looks like ya had a great time!!

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