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Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:13pm

15 hour day

15 hour day

I could write pages about today. We started off fishing the first day of the Key West Shell Oil Tournament. The way points are scored in the tournament is by species. You have a limit of 3 fish for each species and any species scores points. With lines in the water at 8:30 A.M. we were ready to drop for Amberjacks. We hooked three and landed 3 on our first 3 baits. (3 is going to be a very common number in todays report!) The biggest A.J. was about 40 pounds so we scored bonus points. Next we wanted our sharks and Snappers. We got 3 muttons at the second spot and 3 sharks. These weren't your average sharks though. The first one up was a 200 pound Caribbean Reef that fought for at least 30 minutes, maybe 33. The next was a 10 foot Hammerhead. This one we had to chase down and two hours later we pulled the 400 pounder into the boat. After getting back to our spot we dropped some more baits to get our last shark. To be honest we were hoping for something small just to score points, but we were way off. We hooked into another monster Hammerhead. This one was almost an identical twin of the first, 10 feet and 400 pounds. After about 2 and a half hours we got the leader touch and released her. The day was coming to an end and we decided to hit a wreck on the way in to get our 3 Permit. 3 crabs, 3 cast, 3 fish. The biggest Permit of the trio was about 30 pounds.
 
After we got back we loaded up two guys we talked to on the dock the night before that wanted to fill the cooler with some meat. I left the dock about 4 P.M. We hit some Yellowtails on the way out and got 10 or so nice Flags. Than we geared up for the big Muttons. Doing this we put 8 nice fish in the cooler. We also caught an African Pompano that was about 25 pounds, a 25 pound Jack Crevalle and two more Permit.