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Military Appreciation Day Southport, NC report

PostSun Oct 22, 2017 7:45 pm

Loaded up the truck and pulled out of Charleston on Friday with marshwabbit riding shotgun, headed for Southport Marina. We run the MAD Charleston event, and with all the coordination and site stuff to do for our event, our only real chance to take some troops out as captains is to head for another chapter's event.

I haven't run out of Southport in a handful of years and Gene doesn't know those waters well either. Between that and waiting on our 2 Marines coming in on the bus from Legeune, we waited for a little bit of daylight to push off the dock. Good thing we did too, we had a narrow miss at 25 knots of about a 4 foot log floating in the channel just after we came out of the ICW into the river channel. Whew, pucker factor first thing in the AM.

We ran the cut on the Ft. Caswell side of the mouth and headed beachfront down towards the first pier and put our lines in. Saw kings skying and bait balls all over my bottom machine. We didn't want to spend a bunch of time netting bait so we just trolled cigar minnows and a diving plug. Zigzagged in and out from 15-30 feet of water from there down to the second pier. Then turned and trolled out and around AR-430. Nothing doing, so we picked up and ran out to the 15 mile rock area. Daggum pile of boats out there. We trolled around them and turned towards another number I had that was out away from the masses a little bit. Finally some life, hooked up a trophy remora on a cigar minnow and then had a bonita hit the diving plug. Big schools of bonita were busting on the surface so we casted some gotcha plugs at them for a little bit and caught a few more. Funny I didn't mark squat, not even any bait balls, on the bottom machine around the mass of boats. But off of them we found a nice little hole and action that filled my whole screen zoomed in on the bottom 15 feet. Started bottom fishing and the first thing we hooked up was a 22" gag. Unfortunately had to send those grouper sammiches back down. Caught a few BSBs, then hooked up a would-be-keeper cobia. Damn, send him back down too. Handful of more BSBs and it was time to head to the hill.

Little bit of wind chop had kicked up, put the tabs down and headed into them towards the shipping channel. I'm running just a little 197, so we cruised in about 16 knots trying not to beat anyone up. Slicked off nice at about 45' once we got up tucked in a little closer to Bald Head.

Grabbed our knives and wrapped up the day helping cut fish from about 3:00-6:00.

Good times. Need to get up the Southport more often. Love that little town.

Did a subpar job taking pictures, but got a few to upload.

MAD CHARLESTON, NOVEMBER 11th! COME ON OUT TO JOIN US AND GET IN ON THE BEST DAY YOU'LL HAVE ON THE WATER ALL YEAR! The Pioneer crew will all be down from Walterboro doing to cooking on Saturday.
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Re: Military Appreciation Day Southport, NC report

PostSun Oct 22, 2017 7:54 pm

well, can't get the pictures to upload. See the Pioneer Owners Facebook page for pics.

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