A little bridge fishing and networking

6.21.2011

So this past father’s day I was invited out to fish with Jon Chapman and his brother in law Geoff. Geoff happens to live close to me and I’ve actually met him a couple couple times. Since I have never fished with either of these guys, I figure it was a great way to kill a couple hours and network a bit.

Jon runs the Facebook fan page for Dupont Registry and it as master at growing the fan base. I believe he told me he grew the page from a couple thousand to over 40,000 fans in about a year. That is quite impressive in my book. He also writes for Bradenton.com, which printed the article about the sword fish on the beach.

We decided to fish the bridges for pompano to make it an easy day. With a 24′ boat and a tower it definitely was not as easy to maneuver as the 17′ Ranger. But besides dodging a few low bridge sections the boat did surprisingly quite well.

The bite was slow and steady with lots of pin fish and grunts on the end of our line. Occasionally one of us would hook a black drum that gave a tug. Sea trout, silver trout, and even a small cobia. We ended up catching tons of fish but absolutely zero pompano go figure.

By lunch time we packed it in to have lunch and called it and easy day on the water. These guys were fun to fish with and we excellent fisherman. I will definitely have to get out again.

All photos shot on the Sony NEX-5 and besides the gold rush for the cobia all the fish were caught on the pompano jigs.
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