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Carolina Princess Morehead City 8-19-07

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Not a spectaculor trip but not bad either. Headboat fishing is usually slow in August anyway. I apologize for not having any photos to go with the report. One of these days I promise that I will bring a camera with me.

Light lining was slow as we only hit one spot that produced Kings on top. Unfortunately the one that I hooked was a giant smoker in the 30+ pound range that got broken off by the wheel when the captain through it in reverse and allowed the fish to get wrapped in the wheel. I thought they were going to get a gaff on him but he had other ideas when he saw the gaff coming and started spooling line down and under the boat. That is when the captain through it in reverse. It was not his fault as he was just manouvering for anchor position and didn't know what was going on in the back. I hooked him on a ballyhoo rig with a pink skirt. There were three smaller kings boated that were 10-15 lbs. I only saw one Mahi caught and it was a peanut. Don't know where the Mahi's were yesterday.
There were a few nice Gag and Red Groupers caught but not many. Unfortunately one did not find my hook this time. There were several small Red Hinds caught. I had not seen that many at one time in a long time. My bottom catch mainly consisted of Silver Snappers. We were catching a lot of Silvers. Believe it or not the Silvers and Grunts were hitting the Grouper Rigs. The creel on Silvers is 3. A few nice B-liners, Grunts and Amberjacks. The jacks were too small as they have a 28" limit on them now. We were catching a bunch of them that were 20"-25". No giant Amberjacks yesterday. We saw a nice Cobia near the surface that wouldn't hit anything. That's about it. A mediocre day offshore is better than a good day of just about anything else!

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Great report - don't sound too bad for this time of year.
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