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    Talking Fishing with Dr. Julie Ball


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    Deep drop Report

    All I can say is...INCREDIBLE!

    Goldens Galore!!
    I can certainly say without reservation that boating a few nice goldens over a day of dropping is considered an excellent day. But, how about everyone hooked up with monsters on every drift? Incredible.

    I am almost afraid to report this, but seldom does a day like this come along.

    With the beautiful forecast on Sunday, I was once again nudged into another deep dropping adventure at the urging of my crew. Twist my arm. This time my web guy, Sam Kilgore, Scott Fiedorczyk, owner of Virginia Beach Boats, Beau Hoggard, one of Skip’s mates, and Captain Skip Feller made up my crew. Neither Sam, Scott, nor Beau had ever caught golden tilefish.


    We cleared Rudee Inlet at 0430, and headed for the edge of the Canyon with light southerly winds. The fog closed in at about forty miles out, and we were socked in for most of the day.

    First stop was for rosies and grouper. No grouper today, but I have never seen so many huge rosefish! Most every fish fell between 3 and 5-pounds.

    We were called over to drift with Providence II and Waterman for a few bluelines. It wasn’t hot, but we picked at them long enough to secure citations for both Scott and Sam.

    Ok, now to get down to business, we were off in search of “Goldie Locks.” We ran a few miles to one of Skip’s favorite golden holes. We had the whole place to ourselves, not a boat in sight. The fog finally lifted, and it was sunny.

    On the first drift, Skip made it to the bottom first…and he was instantly hooked up. Next, I felt the tell tale golden gobble…I set up, timed it, and bam…another hook up! After fighting my stud tile for a few minutes, I looked around to see Scott and Beau also doubled over. Who was gonna gaff what? We managed, though. High fives all around…and then repeat!

    We drifted a few more times, with multiple hook-ups on each drift. This routine took less than 1.5 hours. Everyone caught multiple fish, with six fish over 40-pounds, and four sitting at 50-pounds!

    I suppose Skip felt we needed a break, so while everyone rubbed sore muscles and caught their breath, he moved us on to our last area. There were a few other boats there, including Seaduction. We made a few drops, with a few goldens to show, and decided to call it a day. It’s a good thing my boat has a huge fish box.

    We had a crowd waiting back at the dock, with wide eyes and lots of “oohs and ahhs”. Good call on the locations Skip….and some great angling by my crew.

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    That's an incredible day! I wish I had been there. I have tilefish on the brain.

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    Thanks so much for the invite!

    I can not remember the last time I had so much fun. The weather was beautiful, the fish were hungry and I was learning new techniques from the BEST anglers in the world. Who could ask for anything more?

    My first Golden tilefish!

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    Learning everything I can now, because this little one is going to be a FIREBALL.

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    if I could only afford it I would probably be living on his boat.

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    OMG! (drool on the keyboard)
    Those are awesome!
    You have enough large tiles to cover a whole room!

    What does a fresh Tile taste like?

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    Awsome day Sam!...nice catches...they look darn tasty!
    Scott

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    I ended up having some rosefish last night, but going to have some tile today.
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    Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

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    Definently great report and pictures. those fish are huge!

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