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While I've been out on the water with my Dad since I was 3, was a charter mate for a season in Florida, and pretty good boat ho - I've never owned my own boat... Until a few weeks ago. It's been a long time coming.

Just as i suspected, it's a very different experience when it's all on you: safety, instruction, location, etc. But I have to say I'm on cloud nine! Here's a quick fishing report from what was essentially just an innagural outing to work out the bugs and all.

Fished the eastern side of the south island of the MMBT on the last 2 hours of the incomming tide and caught our fill of croakers - some VERY nice sized. Several other boats out there with us enjoying the action.

When tide went slack, motored back to the JRB and tried our hand casting for some stripers at a set of pilings. This was more or less just an excuse to try practice setting anchor. Well, my novice angler crew member snagged 3 using a bucktail/Gulp sassy combo on ultra light spinning outfit with 8# braid! First fish on and the reel slipped off the rod! Well, he was a little confused to say the least. I managed to come off the bow (fretting over the anchor) and tighten the reel up on the rod, long enough to feel some awesome pullage, and hand him back the rod. All three stripers were undersized, averaging about 25 inches. Still, I think I have a new convert to salt water and a capable crew member who proved to be a fast learner.

Boat ran beautifully - got on the lift for the first time with minimal agrevation - and named the boat. After all these years of dreaming and thinking of boat names, I went sentimental and named her after my 3 1/2 y.o. daughter Tabitha.

5/7/2011
Brad Anderson aboard the Miss T
 

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