Pelagics Pro Team

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by gman, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    I just got the news that Pelagic Offshore Gear has made my 11 year old son Anthony the first youth angler on thier pro team. In April he won thier photo of the month contest photo included. He doesnt know yet Im waiting for the sponsorship packet to come before I tell him.

    They did this becuase of his love of the sport and becuase of his track record for landing big fish standup. At age 11 he already has 4 different species of billfish caught along with many large pelagics such as tuna to 150#'s and sharks over 300, one of his proudest catches believe it or not was his 65# amberjack he caught off a rig in Venice, that fish was a true demon


    sorry guys, I'm just feeling like a proud father today, tomorrow we are off chasing bluefin and bigeye. speak to you soon

    Glenn
     

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  2. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

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    Big Congratulations!
     

  3. Bret

    Bret Senior Member

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    Thats Awesome!!! Congrats to your son..
     
  4. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    we just got blown out for tomorrows tuna trip. Those NE tuna are running scared
     
  5. Pope

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    Thats Awesome!!! Congrats to your son..
    What else is there to say?!!!!!
     
  6. TeamOso

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    I would lbe lying realy bad if i tould you i wasnt jealous!!!

    Way to go!!
     
  7. Bellyups

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  8. awesum

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    Proud father indeed! What a great fishing partner you have.:cool:
     
  9. Savage Rods

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    very nice. great job son. looks like the honor is well deserved. Feels good to be a proud poppa huh?
     
  10. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    Im always proud, but yes in this case extremely proud becuase its something we love to do together. Fishing is something I loved at an early age of 6 and passed on to my now addicted son and my 3 year old is already out with us. You should see him play football
     
  11. Skipjack

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    Wow! I wish my dad would have set me straight at a young age. I was 14 before I even went offshore.

    Way to Go!

    He is going to have so much to live up to when he is older! HAhAhA!!
     
  12. Muddskipper

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    I love Palegic's gear.

    I recently had an issue with a pair of their sandals and they sent me a new pair. I was stoked.......

    Congrats on the little mans sponsership.....
     
  13. ksong

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    Glenn, your son deserves it. I talked with Capt, Dom about your kid and he thinks your kid is already accomplished fisherman.
     
  14. gman

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    Kilsong, thanks and Dom hasnt fished with him since last August. Hes packed on 20 lbs and grown 5 inches. I had him outfitted with a matesaver harness which attaches to the boat via a safety teather and a smitty spider harness and plate and he is in full mode. He is truly a student of our sport, he reads your posts about jigging all the time. The season cant start soon enough up here for us

    Thanks again
     
  15. Gunsmoke

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    Gman,

    Congratulations to both you and your son. Doing Father and Son outdoor activities together makes for a healthy relationship. My father had me either fishing or hunting every weekend that I wasn't involved in sporting events at school. I spent every weekend with him since I could walk. One of the hardest things I remember was telling my father that I couldn't join him one weekend. It will probably also happen to you.

    I had just turned 16 and the hots for a girl in school and had asked her out. When I told him I couldn't join him, I thought he would be upset. Instead, he responded, "Great, bring her along." His response surprised me. I thought it was a great idea until I asked her father. He exploded. Then my dad called up her dad, (whom he had never met) and the next thing I knew was they were both joining us for a weekend of hunting.

    I'll never forget that weekend. It was my first real date and it lasted for three days. I never realized what a character my dad was since I spent so much time with him. That poor girls dad was is shock most of the weekend. I didn't think he acted any different from any other weekend, but her father said it was the wildest, craziest weekend on his life. It was great for me also, as I got to second base with a girl in a hunting blind on my first date. That was the start of many weekends that girls joined us on our weekends outdoors. I think it bothered him at first, but he finally realized that if I couldn't bring a date, I would stay at home.
     
  16. gman

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    Gman,

    Congratulations to both you and your son. Doing Father and Son outdoor activities together makes for a healthy relationship. My father had me either fishing or hunting every weekend that I wasn't involved in sporting events at school. I spent every weekend with him since I could walk. One of the hardest things I remember was telling my father that I couldn't join him one weekend. It will probably also happen to you.

    I had just turned 16 and the hots for a girl in school and had asked her out. When I told him I couldn't join him, I thought he would be upset. Instead, he responded, "Great, bring her along." His response surprised me. I thought it was a great idea until I asked her father. He exploded. Then my dad called up her dad, (whom he had never met) and the next thing I knew was they were both joining us for a weekend of hunting.

    I'll never forget that weekend. It was my first real date and it lasted for three days. I never realized what a character my dad was since I spent so much time with him. That poor girls dad was is shock most of the weekend. I didn't think he acted any different from any other weekend, but her father said it was the wildest, craziest weekend on his life. It was great for me also, as I got to second base with a girl in a hunting blind on my first date. That was the start of many weekends that girls joined us on our weekends outdoors. I think it bothered him at first, but he finally realized that if I couldn't bring a date, I would stay at home.

    Gunsmoke...thanks you, that is some story, getting to second base in a blind must have been pretty cool and something she will most definately remeber for the rest of her life. LOL My sons 11 already had two girlfriends so I know its comming soon although he promises it wont. I did the same to my father around college but then got right back into it again and havent stopped.

    I can only pray that my 3 year old is as good of a child as Anthony. We all went fishing at a pond last week and we watched my youngest son catch his first fish but when I threw it back he ran into the water screaming LOL

    no catch and release for him
     
  17. Minnow

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    Congratulation to both of you.

    Very nice picture of your son fighting fish in the high sea, very cool.
     
  18. gman

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    There was a huge sailfishing tournament going on in Miami. We went out in 4-6ft seas in a 34' sea vee center console and got pounded. That Miami beach inlet is horrible when its snotty out. We get maybe 1-2 miles off the beach max, soak the live goggles eyes ...6 lines out on kites and Anthony alone goes 6 for 8 on Sails and total we went 10 for 12 for the day. We also had about 20 cutoffs from kingfish.

    The next day we went 3 for 4 and the following day we went 5 for 7. We intended on going swording 2 days but the winds prevented us from going offshore
     
  19. Ragman

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    Congrats to your son... And to you for being involved in his life so that he turned out so well!
     
  20. Gunsmoke

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    Gman, you son has done very well for his age. Nobody 40 years ago would believe his story. Things have changed since I was his age. My father would take me out in a wooden hull 36' Chris Craft. There was no need to travel very far as fish were very abundant only a few miles offshore. In fact, we very seldom had to lose site of land to fill up four 28 gallon galvanized garbage cans with fish. It was no problem to catch hundreds of King Mackerel in a 6 hour trip. You would come back to the dock when the garbage cans were full.

    I'll never forget the day when my Father started grabbing the fish by the head and getting out his pliers and letting them swim free. I didn't understand as I wanted to pull up to the dock with hundreds of fish. He got tired of seeing all the wasted fish stacked up at the dock with thousands of flies all over them just rotting away. One afternoon when we were fueling up at the dock some guy gave my Father some crap about not having many fish. We had released about 80% that day. That was the first time I ever saw a man knocked out. I forgot to add that my father was a large man and was a four year all conference ball player in college and played pro ball.

    We used a wooden plug called a Yellowjacket. It looked like a modern day popper with a slant head to keep it a few feet below the surface. It had two trebles on it. We always had about a dozen Yellowjacket's on board as the yellow and black painted bands would be lost to teeth marks. Everything would hit the Yellowjacket inshore. Kingfish, ling, and an occasional sailfish. The only other lure we would pull was a lead headed feather which the dolphin loved. This was all within site of land.

    A few times a year we would go the "Snapper Banks." That was like a trip to nowhere land. When people heard you went to the Snapper banks their mouth opened up in amazement. It was two snapper every single drop. No limits and we would take extra garbage cans with us. The funny thing is that the snapper banks were only 30 miles offshore. I thought I was half way to Cuba as a kid. We used a smoke stack from a Carbon paper plant as our shore bearing. You could see the black smoke that was coming from the plant near Rockport for up to 30 miles offshore. No matter where you were, you always aimed the bow toward the smoke when heading home.

    The sad thing about all of this is that we all thought there was millions and millions of fish in the Gulf. It was like an endless supply. The Jewish were killed off when the first rigs were placed close to shore. They were huge, up to 500 pounds. Scuba divers wiped them out at the rigs. My father would take me to the pier at night to catch tarpon. I was hooked with the fishing bug real bad as a kid, and to be honest I still am hooked.

    Things are totally different now. Probably one-tenth of the fish as I was a kid. Now you need modern electronics, high tech rods, machined aluminum reels and high speed trolling rigs, etc. It cost a fortune to fish in current times. Boats, fuel, housing, and tackle has sky rocketed. It's not as fun as the old days because you actually have to hunt for the fish. You can even get skunked while burning hundreds and hundreds of gallons of high priced fuel.

    The sad thing is when you son hits his mid fifties he probably won't be able to put a legal fish in the box. Everything that now has limits will be off limits. It will probably be a felony to keep a fish. You might even be monitored on your releases via satellite. The fun will be totally gone and the world of sportfishing will become a dead market. I hope you and your sons continue to fish as much as possible, because one day it will be prohibited. Enjoy your time now and release anything you can't eat.