Porker hogfish & more for Maryland anglers

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report, Captain Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters, February 3, 2011

Ray and Beverly Wall, from Baltimore, fish with SeaSquared Charters each February.  This year they brought along their friends, Ray and Sandy Colombo from Abingdon MD.

Ray Wall requested a three-quarter day trip this year so allow time to go after a greater variety of fish, so we headed out to the reef edge to see what was cooking there.  Ray landed a nice sheepshead, a fish that is not part of a typical catch but quite prized.  So the day got off to a good start.

We moved to Hawk Channel where the action really heated up.  The crew boated lane snapper, porgy and four hogfish, including one porker at 18 inches and 3.5 pounds.  Hogfish of that size are normally reserved for the spearfishermen.

At noontime, the gang declared they couldn’t lift another fish in the boat, so we called the trip at a half day.  I’m sure they rested up before enjoying their feast of one of Marathon’s great restaurants.

See you next year, Ray and Bev!

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