Gus Lancaster & Crew - June 15, 2002
The crew consisted of Gus Lancaster, Mike Mitchell, Mike Russell, and Tommy Gerard, all from the Hattiesburg area. Things started out a little doubtful with the winds on the OS buoy showing 31 knot northerly gusts. We came close to canceling the run, but the crew was fired up and the forecast was for it to die down late afternoon. We fought our way 50 miles south to FH-7 jigging a couple rigs along the way without a hit. We anchored up on the Von Rosenberg in 5-7 foot seas and started chuming. The only good thing about it being rough was that there were only 2 other boats to compete with. By afternoon, we had scored our share of Sharks, AJs, and Cobia, so we pulled anchor and drift fished the other wrecks before heading southeast to blocks 175 and 187. We were disappointed in the lack of large Red Snapper and Grouper, but we had plenty of 30 pound AJs to pull on and Mike Russell just couldn't understand why we had to throw those big fish back after we got one each. We caught several nice fish, including our limit on AJ and Snapper, 3 Cobia, a nice BlackTip Shark, and 2 King Mackerel. The forecast held true, for a change, and we had a fairly calm run back in. Total trip encompassed 15.5 hours and 127 miles. Below are the pictures for your enjoyment. If you like them, please let me know.
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Tommy Hooksup First

Tommy Boats an AJ

Tommy Bags a Snapper

Another View

Mike gets an AJ

Another View

Gus Hooks Up

Gus lands an AJ

Mike says Snapper Too

Tommy Hooks something sizeable

It's a 30 pound King!

And He didn't use Wire!

Vertical View - Nice Fish!

AJ to release while another comes in

Tommy brings in another

Another View

Gus lands a redfish

BlackTip coming in

Not Quite Ready

Got Him!

Cobia falls victim

Another View

Mike shows off BlackTip

Still looks hungry

Another AJ

Mikey likes it!

Gus gets a Snapper

So this is Fishing

Don't these guys get bigger?

It's still better than working!

Mike gets a Snapper

Gus works the Gaff...

and boats another Cobia!

That's some fine eating!

Watchya think Mom?

Gus Hooked up Again!

AJ's Rule!

Mike's Turn

What a Blast!

Fiesty Fish!

Catch & Release

Sea Turtle Visit

It's all in your attitude!

Mike says "Ditto"!

This feels Good!

Do I really have to release this?

Seriously, take another look!

Awesome! But send him Back!

Heading In...

Sun Going Down

The Take Home

Pile of Meat

String up the bigger ones

Happy Crew

Mike Checks them over


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