We started out one man short on the trip so Barry and myself taking it to the limit. with the extra space we can fish hard !
These were shot while under power during early evening on Friday , except for a stop on top of "The Claypiles" .
This trip to "The Flower Gardens" is about 3 1/2 hours with good seas and it was a little choppy most of the way , so i figure it took around 5 1/2 hours moving with one stop to fish a rig in 200 feet on the other side of the claypiles
The Houston / Galveston ship channel entrance has a service area for incoming ships @ 40 mile out , they must anchor and wait 48 t0 72 hours before the Coast Guard allows them to the staging area @ 20 miles , that is if they do not need to be boarded and inspected.
The 40 mile service area.
Got another one out about 5 miles.
Now at 90 miles there is not much around at this time and the sun is going down . We have been running about 4 hours and still got 30 miles to target .
We stop at a rig not far from the gardens ,Barry hooks a good snapper , but there out of season and its back into the water for this 17 pounder. his lucky day !!!!!
As we approach within 10 miles of our buoy , the sunset's are getting way to good to pass up a few shots.
The hard part is over for now , We still need to find the top of the garden's and a little white buoy to tie off to for the night in the middle of the Gulf , nothing for a stepper , yea !
There was no moon that night but we got the buoy within 5 minunits after the arrival alarm sounded , 119 miles first day .
We will pick up again tomorrow with the first night , we just want to get some rest before for fishing tonight.
and that the way it is !