Friday, May 18, 2012


by Robin

A couple of weeks ago, we caught Trigger offshore.  Correction:  I caught trigger offshore.   LOL  Here is what I did with it.

Jack fileted it without skin.  I kept the spices very simple with a little garlic powder, salt & pepper and a small amount of lemon zest AFTER rubbing a little olive oil on both sides.  I chopped some thyme and parsley to put on top.  With the pan, you get it very hot with a squirt or two of olive oil and then some fake butter.  (I can't have dairy).  Sear away!!  Only do a couple minutes on each side.  Then, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on each side before turning.  Make sure your fish is cooked through and then put onto plate.

I happened to have fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and basil from my garden to make the perfect, healthy side vegetable.


Normally, we do a lot of lime on fish in our household, but it was very refreshing to have the lemon flavoring tonight.  This dish gives you a taste of Italy when you bite into it. 

God bless & Good luck to all those fishing the CFOA fishing tournament this weekend.  We will be watching you at the weigh-in.


Friday, May 11, 2012


by Robin

Pic from 2009

SAFMC's Mother's Day gift to me!!

Note from Robin to you:  This does not end the ban on Warsaw & Speckle-Hind possessions.  This only opens the closure of the 6 other species that were closed to prevent Warsaw & Speckle-Hind by-catches from the 240 ft depth & out.

"Effective May 10, 2012, a federal ban on recreational and commercial fishing for deep-water snapper and grouper in depths greater than 240 feet in the South Atlantic is no longer in effect. Since going into effect on January 31, 2011, this closure had a significant economic impact on businesses throughout the South Atlantic region."

"After taking into consideration the high economic cost of the ban to the sportfishing industry, and a new analysis of fisheries data, the South Atlantic Council determined that the ban was not necessary to achieve the goal of ending overfishing for speckled hind and warsaw grouper." 

(Pic from 2007)

Thursday, May 03, 2012

by Robin

Wow, it has been an exhausting last couple weeks.  I needed a vacation from my vacation.  We started off with 4 days of testing, followed by a week off (2 days fishing) and then jumped into presentations, posterboards, performances, fibromyalgia attack, .... you name it.   I am just beginning to feel like myself again. 

Anyhow, here are the highlight pics from last week.

Mahi mahi fishing wasn't any good.  We were fishing the morning after a HUGE cold front (49 deg night) and nothing was biting up top so we decided to make the best of it with some bottom fishing.

Photobucket We were pulling Beeliners (Vermillion Snapper), one after another until I mentioned that we may limit out on them. And Jack's take was that I shut down the bite by speaking that outloud. My take was that I was going to keep a grunt and Jack made me throw him back down to the bottom. When down there, he grunted to the others to stop eating. That's my take on it. Either way, 5 is all we came home with. Photobucket Friday, we got a very late start. Here are my "men". Photobucket We initially went out to bring home some vermillion but it was a zoo out there. By the time we were able to get to the "hole", the bite was shut down. Vermillion are so fussy. So, we caught a couple Chocolate Chip Porgy's, then moved to 8A for some kingfish. Well, drop after drop, we were only coming up with baby black sea bass. At one point, I got bowed over and I was really hoping for a grouper but it turned out to be this delicious guys. Photobucket Then, we had 3 fish in the box. Not a spectacular day, but we had fun for a half-day. I put down my pole to take video of the guys. They were having too much fun at each other's expense. Here is a 3 min video of their goofing off. Back to the Port early. I had to force the guys to take a pic of me holding my personal best trigger. Photobucket I know that many folks are fishing this week/-end. Spectacular weather and a tournament is going on. Not us. I'm trying my best to get that pool perfect some weekend swimming. Plus, I have to give my back a few more days of rest before I fish again. God bless & Happy Fishing! Robin