Some of the things I won't take next time are some of the weights I had. I had way too many weights and the wrong type. Teardrop weights are ok, but the large egg sinkers are much more to my style. The Academy in the Brazos mall area were completely out of the large egg sinkers, so find them somewhere else. 8 ounce sinkers seem to be the key, and you can obviously stack them if need be.Ragman said:Hey DMC- Excellent report and perspective and thanks for sharing!
What are some of the things that you won't take next time and the things you will take next time.
BTW, I'm glad to see you mention a next time!
More knife jigs, less random offshore tackle. More 4X trebles and less terminal tackle for other things. I had every hook size from 4-0 to 11-0 including ringed and gorilla hooks, super mutus and such and several packs of each. They provide bottom fishing rigs if you ask, and I never had a problem with the rigs they provide. Granted I never got ahold of a big AJ, but for the 20lb snapper, no problem. May not bring a bait fishing rod, but I kinda liked catching the hardtails. While the fishing was slow for everyone else, I was putting fish in the boat with a smaller spinning outfit and getting some fight out of them.
Less food. I didn't need half the food I brought. More easy to use food, like granola bars and such. It's so easy to open something and leave most of it to go stale when the bite is on. So something that I can eat quickly and be done with it.
TOWELS! At least one. There are showers but without a towel, you are left standing there. I put my clean clothes on over a wet body, but before I got to the galley, I was dry.
To be honest, I may not do much bottom fishing on my next trip, but that's me talking now. When the time comes, I will likely be right there fishing at every opportunity just like before. I may just sleep more in the daytime so I can concentrate on tuna fishing at night. This is especially true if I get my snapper early.
I use www.dotphoto.com to host the pics. I don't know why they aren't showing up for some people. I probably need to find a better hosting service. I apologize to anyone who's not seeing the pics. PM me and I will send them to you if you are interested. In fact, I have the entire post in wordpad so I will send you that and hopefully the links work for you.
One more thing: Extra pair of shoes. I wore sandals, and they are comfortable, but after standing for hours on end your feet get really sore. I could have used a fresh pair of really comfortable shoes, lots of support, fresh socks and such.
Oh well, live and learn.