A few months ago, I was on one of my last business trips (with my then employer) in Florida. I had been there countless times since 2011, and I had never been deep sea fishing. Also, one of my "bucket list" items is to be on a boat and look around 360 degrees and not see land. So I guess I was due for a fishing trip.
A quick Google search helped me find Queen Deep Sea Fishing from Clearwater Beach. A red flag went up for a tourist trap, but I didn't care because I wasn't looking for the authentic deep sea fishing (and I was playing tourist). I just wanted to polish some items off of my list. There were 4 hour and 8 hour trips, the latter being far more deep sea than the former. However, I was with coworkers and they weren't up for a full day of fishing (or getting up at 5am to get to the boat for an 8am launch). So off we went. I GPS'd the adventure, even though they asked us not to. Rebel Canadians...
|Pelicans from the docks at Clearwater Beach|
|I'll bet that this boat went pretty quick.|
|These lucky bums get to live right on the harbour!|
|Sailing always has appealed to me. Luckily, I don't have to go all the way to Florida to sail.|
|First catch, and it was a yellow tail, I think. I'm not a fishy guy.|
|We mostly caught grunts. They were good eating :-)|
|Easy fishing. Toss in a hook with some bait, pull out the fish. It restored my faith that you can actually catch fish in the water.|
|Mighty hunter can provide for his family now.|
|We were about 7 miles off shore, so....|
|....the coast was still visible. Bucket List item: Incomplete.|
|This bird's name was Furuno. I think...|
|Fishing trawlers off the gulf coast.|
|I thought it would be deathly hot and humid out, but it was a pleasant day. We had shade on our boat, which was really nice to keep from dehydrating.|
|The community fishing catch. There were about 90 people on board, and there were lots of fish caught, most of which NOT by me. Someone even caught a pufferfish!|
|The three of us caught about 12 or 14 fish! They fried up nicely.|
|This was my catch!|
|These were the fish that the 8 hour trips caught. Much bigger (and possible next time).|
The crew from the boat cleaned all of the fish for us! That was really nice, but I would have liked to do it myself.
|The next day, we had a fish fry.|
|The fish fried up really nicely with blackening spices. It was super tasty, made all the more tasty by the fact that I had caught the fish myself!|