We left Bacliff, TX at around 0700 7-13 and were already getting anxious to arrive in Venice. We finally made it to Cypress Cove Marina at around 1600 that afternoon. I decided to go straight there and just hope that they would have somebody cancel on them as they screwed up our reservations I learned the night before. Hastily, I was able to get us a room at the Venice in as back up. We did get lucky and they had one room open so after calling and cancelling at Venice in we began unpacking our gear and began strolling around. After figuring out where we were supposed to meet our captain at the next morning we made our way to the Venice Marina and found some pretty good shrimp and oyster platters along with a couple adult beverages. We sat and ate our dinner and watched a dozen or so boats come in, unload and clean fish from the patio. Everyone had been talking about how slow things had been the last couple days so we weren't filling too optimistic. We did however run into our Capt. that night at the bar and he told us he was off the water by noon with the fish boxes full. However, this is when we found out that the capt we had booked with AND requested was not going to be the one taking us out. Needless to say I wasn't thrilled considering I had no idea to who I was supposed to be meeting at the dock the next morning and I specifically wanted to run with this certain capt... Needless to say we made it to the dock the next morning at about 0530 to where we were supposed to meet our capt at 0600. We did not leave the dock until almost 0800! The dock hands were late and we had to wait for the boat to be fueled up. That was strike number 2 as the boat should have been fueled up the evening before (or at least in my book it should have been.) We did however, fair better than a group of guys from TN we talked to as there capt still hadn't shown up by the time we left. Those guys had plans to meet their capt at 0500 to get an early start. We finally made it out of Tiger Pass and were on our way to Ursula in which then our capt told us his GPS wasn't working but he said it wasn't a big deal as he could run on sight. This wasn't a bad thing for him as he did know where he was going but I'm sure we didn't quite run as straight as we would have if he would have been able to turn the GPS on and run a straight line versus running from rig to rig to get there. Bait was tough to come by but after a few hours we finally had enough bait to go dosome real fishing. We were greated with many boats already slow trolling live bait around Ursula and things were relativly quiet. We had a few pick ups but never landed anything there. We gave up an hour or so later and ran over towards Mars and then hit a drill ship in the area. We finally were able to find a couple fish there. First fish in the boat was caught by a friend of mine who hd the fish to the boat in no time making it his first yft. Unforunately I missed the pic of him eating the heart. We reset up and within a couple minutes had another one. My dad was on teh rod this time and landed his first yft. and the heart shot.. After pulling around once again and setting up we had another fish on before the line ever made it into the outrigger. Soon after I boated a decent cow who was still trying to swim away while we were taking the pic (really complicated the holding on part of the pic!) Soon after we pulled back up and set up again and instantly we were hooked up again so I took teh rod to get my first yft. the infamous heart shot http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l68/Mitchw123456/captmod.jpg *I edited this pic to censor who our capt was. We pulled back up and before both baits were in the water my dad had another yf on. http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l68/Mitchw123456/IMG_0485.jpg http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l68/Mitchw123456/IMG_0484.jpg http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l68/Mitchw123456/IMG_0488.jpg That is when the capt told us he was ready to go in. In disbelief we headed the 60 miles in. We caught all of our fish in a matter of 45min to an hour. So basically we got a late start (not our fault,) and made it back to the dock early with only 4 yft. We were not exactly happy about that as we had finally found the fish and now that we had found them the capt was ready to head in to make sure he could beat the other boats to the fuel dock. It definetly didn't bother him the day before as we had to wait for a couple hours on the boat to get fueled up that morning. We still had fun even though we did not fish with the capt that we had booked and also returned to the dock early. We will be returning in January but more than likely with a different outfitter all together. I blacked out our capt as I do not want it to be known who we were with do to our issues with teh boat not being ready and heading in early when we finally did find some fish. All in all we had a great time and look forward to returning.