Captain’s Blog – December 27, 2009 – Marathon Florida Keys – Tom and Connor Duddy returned for a second day of fishing and brought mom Debbie along this time.
Tom had expressed an interest in catching mackerel for smoking plus more tasty snappers. We headed 10 miles out in the gulf to one of my favorite wrecks.
We fulfilled Tom’s desire in short order with a dozen or so keeper cero and Spanish mackerel and a load of mangrove snapper. The day’s bonus was a 26-inch, 10 to 12 pound gag grouper that Connor caught on 12lb snapper gear. His father darn near matched his catch using the same tackle, but Tom’s gag came up a quarter inch too short for the fish box.
Our bait of choice was fresh shrimp. However, Tom really enjoyed taking the mackerel by ripping a small bucktail through our chum slick.
If you have some smoked mackerel hanging around, try our Smoked Fish Dip recipe!