We headed out from Punta Rassa at 7 AM in search of some rod benders. Set the hook out in 90 feet over a nice piece of structure, and it was game on.
A couple of big hits produced bent over rods, and break-offs let us know they were there and ready to play. Vermilion and lanes came up along with a couple of mangroves. A couple more huge hits and break-offs.
Steve and Kent both got their shot at an excellent red grouper and boated them. Next was Jill, who caught our biggest red grouper of the day at 31".
We moved off to another big piece of structure looking for some variety. The windy and sandy bottom around the area made it a tough anchor. We caught on the backside and man did we have some big thumps and hookups. It was tough as we probably had 15-20 hookups of big fish off the bottom, and only got one of them, which turned out to be a huge ray (surprising in 100 ft of water). The others had some giant shoulders.
Moved around a bit more and picked away at some lanes and vermilion. Made the run back in and were met by the rain. It was a fun day to be on the water in SWFL.