Most of Panama City is shut down because "the season" is over. However, at Captain Anderson's pier, there was a line of charter fishing boats with phone numbers, so we started calling. We met Bo, and his son, Will, who were also looking for a fishing trip, so with 6 people, we thought we could find a boat even on short notice.
We found Captain Mike just coming in from a morning charter, and made arrangements to go out at 1 p.m. local time. It was a very good choice! Captain Mike's Charters
Ah, fishing again - it's been so long - for an avid fisherman like my step-dad, Dick, a day without fishing is too long. He hasn't been fishing since they left Alaska to come to Georgia about three weeks ago.
Ron and I were just happy to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. Bo and Will were more like Dick and Mom - happy to be fishing.
First stop - live bait barge
Captain Mike and helper, Corey, carefully counted out the "minnows" - which were each about 7-10" long
Our catch begins to build. Nice red snappers, mostly. Ron caught a King Mackerel and Bo caught a big Grouper. Mom caught the biggest snapper. I caught one snapper and a couple of Grouper that were too small (not 18") and had to be thrown back. I was much too busy during the fishing part to take pictures. Good grief, this is a lot like WORK!
It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. Captain Mike at the controls as we come back to port as the sun sets.