I talked with Chris Newman as he was driving back yesterday. He said they had 18 yellowfin, 1 nice warsaw, an easy limit of snapper, etc. He did mention they had to come in early due to a serious shortage of ice.
Ice is a big problem on a boat. Never leave the dock without as much as you can hold. Even if it's a one day trip, it's easy to run through 500 pounds in a 15 hour day. I wish I had a dollar for every trip I had to come home early in my younger days because of a lack of ice.
Remember, the shaking and rolling of the boat is like shaking a margarita. The next time you hand shake a margarita, notice the size of the ice going into the shaker. After you shake it for 30 seconds, look again. It's half the size.
I call the loosing of ice on a boat the "Margarita Factor". It happens. It's a fact of life and you can never, never have enough ice on a boat. I like to have at least 1200 pounds on board before hitting the water.
Sorry for the silence folks. I had told the crew I'd post the report when I got home and back on line. Chad had qualified for the Jr. B.A.S.S. state championship that was on Saturday. With the weather delay we made the 10 hour drive home from Fourchon on Thursday, got in a 11pm, washed cloths, and swapped tuna gear for a bass boat. We hit the road at 5am Friday for the 8 hour drive to Lake Amistead. Prefished for about 4 hours Friday afternoon, went to registration and then to bed. Fished the tourny Sat. and Chad got 6th in his age group. Drove home yesterday. It's been a crazy week for me but in a good way. I'll get the report up today. Bert
I left the house on Sunday morning about 9:30 and picked up BullRed then stopped at MC Saltwater Tackle in Dickenson for some Top Notch leaders. MC Saltwater Tackle really is "The Leader in Leaders" Chad uses top of the line materials and takes great attension to DETAIL in his rigging. Bull Red and I got to the cabin about 7:30 pm and I started dinner. Bert told us he FINALLY got in touch with the last member of the group, Lee Bull, who decided to go out on the Big E since we had a delayed departure.
As you all know the weather pushed us back to a later departure which turned out to be on Tuesday instead of Monday. We hung around catching piggies for bait and rechecking our gear and pigging out on food. Bert the shrimp you picked up really was a great idea for Monday night to go with the steaks.
After omlets for breakfast on Tuesday we headed out into 4'-5' seas.