by Leon Archer
It wasn’t easy getting everyone up and around at 5 a.m. for a day’s fishing off shore, but I had the coffee going and had stopped all the snoring noises by 5:15 a.m.
It wasn’t too long after that we were getting into the car for our journey to Ft. Pierce, where we would be meeting Captain Rich for a day’s outing on the charter boat, “FINS.” We actually arrived at the Ft. Pierce Marina dock about five minutes early even though we made a stop at Dunkin Doughnuts for breakfast sandwiches. It was the beginning of a great guys day.
My four sons, Tim, Brett, Matt, and Ben, along with Tim’s son, Nathaniel, had been looking forward to this trip with dad or grampa, in Nathaniel’s case, for some time, and now it was all coming together.
Captain Rich turned out to be a very personable gentleman and his mate was very efficient and knowledgeable. Our boat was a fully equipped 34-footer with a wide beam. It would be comfortable even if the ocean should get a little bumpy.
I was completely at ease as we cleared the Ft. Pierce inlet and headed out to sea. If the fish cooperated, it would be a perfect boys’ day out.
Even though it was still a little early for dolphin (mahi-mahi) we were going to do some trolling for them; however, we knew there were some king mackerel (kingfish) in the area and they would find the same lures attractive.
It took about 15 minutes of trolling before the first rod popped. I got the honor of fighting the first fish, but it was only a short battle before I landed a kingfish of about 8 pounds. After that the lures followed our boat unmolested for some time before the captain suggested we might want to stop and try catching a few large amberjacks on live baits.
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