Neal got all set up to fish and caught two of these spade/angel (fish tank looking) fish before I even had my rig on my 1st pole!
and here he is posing with the fish because I made him. If you've ever been fishing and caught a fish and not taken its picture only to never get another fish all day, well then you know why I made him pose with this fish. However.............
Then the cable company called and the rep said he was going to be to the condo in 10 mins and Neal started walking back. And so..... I caught this! on the lovely pink pole you see in the upper right.
and a nice gentleman who admired my catch agreed to take my picture with the fish so I could be oh so happy in the photo with the pompano! and I kept it too! Neal wanted to taste a pompano as we've heard they are very good eating. and it was teehee So I called Neal (who was still at the condo) to tell him ummmm "honey when you bring me my chapstick bring a lot of ice!" and then after a few more angel/spade fish my other nearly-local fishing buddy Brent had caught a flounder and I wanted to see what it looked like "I haven't seen one in so long" even though it was very small. As I'm down looking at this flounder I turn around to see one of the light weight rods bent over the dock with the bottom of the rod about 6" off of the ground and it was NEAL's pole as after I caught that pompano I put a third baited rig into the water to up my odds of catching another one.
Needless to say, I raced back to my/Neal's pole and grabbed it and man was that thing bent nicely! It was moving around and I thought I had another Pompano but then it started heading to shore and I started following my line down the pier over a pole under a pole over a pole over a pole over a sign post all along Brent is following me down the pier telling me up under up etc so I did not lose the fish. and he is telling me its a ray it swims like a ray. I said its big whatever it is and kept walking up and down the pier as it swam back and forth below me still too deep to see what it is/was. I trying to reel and dig into my shorts pocket (the kind with velcor to keep them closed ) battling to get my camera out as I was so sure I was going to lose it but I hoped to at least get it to the surface to take the mystery out of what type of fish it was. well dear readers, below you will see the bringing the fish up to the pier and photos of my HUGE black Drum!
May each of you have a day filled with as much joy and relaxation as I had today.
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