Hi folks, T.O.O. had the honor of organizing a weekend (6-07 to 6-09) fishing trip for M/D Totco out of Cedar Park, Texas in Port Aransas. We had the Pelican booked from early in 2008 and the group went out with Captain Marvin on the Pelican for a 12 hour Red Snapper/other species charter. I personally was invited on the charter as well, and even though we usually do not ever join charters that we are hired to work, they were insistant, so I joined the 16 person charter of mostly ex-Marines Saturday morning. Seas started out very sporty with mixed up 6-8's but the swells were well spaced overall. The group wanted to catch snapper and then get their poles bent by whatever would bite. The first stop was about 30 miles out and the boat limited out on snapper in about an hour, mostly due to not everyone fishing during this time. The snapper were nearly all from 17"-25", with my two measuring 21" and 25". Jason on board caught the biggest snapper I've even seen, 22 lbs, and for the first time, I think the fish cleaners underread the weight. That fish was a pig sow. I think only 4 or 5 snapper total were throwbacks, the rest were keepers, so little throwback mortality loss there. After the snapper limits were caught Captain Marvin ran us to a kingfish spot and folks ended up catching 3 kings sort of a boat limit mostly drifting sardines or cigar minnows. I tied on a <> jig and first cast was cut-off. Bink! Tied another jig and hooked up and passed off a bunch of kings. Hooked up 6-7 kings on one jig before the next cut-off. For a while the bite was every dropped bait and every cast with the jig. Most kings were snakes, I think the biggest ran about 12lbs. Action was very fast for about 30 minutes and we had only about 5 people fishing at this time, most likley due to the events of the night before. (Self enduced fluid trama and recovery). Two nice ling were caught and two were lost at the boat, one by me. ( Now 0 for 5 on ling) The action was fast and thats what the group wanted, they didn't care what was biting, just some good sized fish. We tried a few Sharpie holes at the end of the day but the sharks weren't there. I don't think anyone on board cared, those that could fish caught a bunch and those that were prone could of cared less. Captain Marvin ran hard, put the group on solid snapper as well as one real hog sow, a near limit of kings, two ling and had happy fishermen, well at least those that were not down for the count all trip. Two other things, saw a fantastic practical joke played on the boss of these folks, ( I'll tell the story once I get pictures from the group) and the deckhands were new to the Pelican. 360tuna knows one deckhand. He did an acceptable job as did Paul the head deckhand. Nothing too much to make the job a real pain, but lines were tied right, bait was were it needed to be, fish marked right, line untangled with the right decision whether to untangle or cut. Second deckie, if he continues to work hard and get things done a bit faster will do just fine. Seasoning and experience will tell the tale. If he fishes with Captain Marvin this whole summer, he'll get a lot of experience with real fishing stuff. I have no pictures as I lost the camera sometime and somewhere from the dock and the boat. Not a good feeling to have a nice camera lost this way. Hopefully the group, once they recover, will send us some pictures of the sow and the practial joke. With the Seis Tuna joke and this one it's plain to see Captain Marvin likes a good joke. It was a classic. Captain Marvin did just what was wanted by the group in sporty seas and did well. I hope the Marines have recovered by now.