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Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 4 weeks ago #31916

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Battling the Monsters of the Elbow
The Florida Fisherman's regular Friday overnight trip began on a very somber note. It is with deep regret that I report the passing of our beloved mate Mister Vince Taaffe. Vince passed away as a result of a traffic accident early Friday morning. Rest in peace, dear friend, rest in eternal peace.
We are ready to go. The excitement level is already off the chart, and why not?
Last week the Florida Fisherman returned to Hubbard's Marina with over three thousand pounds of fish, many were real monsters. We left the Elbow while the outcome of the great battle was very much in doubt. Way to often the brutes of this 160 foot deep natural aquarium out-battled the best the over-powered fishermen had to offer. We are ready for a fight!
Will, our first mate, goes over safety precautions:

As John's Pass bridge opens for us we see an ominous sight, clouds, heavy dark clouds, are everywhere. Could this be a real wash-out. This is serious, we have a battle to win.

Well! All is not lost. The clouds subside, the sea is calm, and the Tammy burgers are beyond reproach.

Time to hit the sack. We want to be good and ready for the great fights sure to come. Twelve thirty A.M., Captain Hubbard sounds the alarm...Battle stations!
Immediately mangrove snapper begin to hit the deck of the Florida Fisherman. Isn't that a pretty yellow tail? Mister Carl Kisner, Sun-City, Florida:


Mister Brad Aucke'r, Williston, Fl. lands a rare dog snapper:

Even Tammy is happy with the way the battle is going:

Joe, our professional mate, is proud of our success:

The fights have made us hungry. Chef Tammy time. Think I will have french toast, bacon, and sausage:

Grouper are ready to wage all out war. We are ready!

Way to go coach:

Coach scores a double:

Mister Willis wins this fight:

Joe thinks we are winning:

Hunger strikes again. Tammy's secret batter dipped fish is heaven on earth:

Sure is cloudy. Hope the fish do not get too wet:

The grouper know they have been in a battle:

Will is about to declare us the big winners:

And, speaking of big. Ever see a 50 + pound black grouper? That Penn 9/0 with 125 pound test line was needed. Will was instrumental in helping us overcome the monster:

Time to ice down & count the fish. We are very serious about taking proper care of our catch. In addition, every fish is counted. We will not go over our limit.


AJ's do not escape our wrath. Tammy helps out in battle:

Coach will never let us down:

Mister Carl Kisner does his part:

Dinner time. Tammy goes Mexican. Give me plenty of sour cream and cheese:


Evening on the Elbow. Simply stunning!

The mighty AJ's refuse to give up. Mister Terry ODell lands a beauty on squid:

Mister Eddie Sumrall, W. Palm, used 80 pound test line to best this beast. Looks like a jack pot winner!

Well, it's getting late, time to go home. But hold on, the AJ's are still waging all out war. Captain Hubbard and Captain John are ready for the long trip home. Madeira Beach is many long hours away, we simply must go. Hold on! Big fish hooked. Gosh! looks like give up is not in the vocabulary of the monsters of the Elbow. One last time:

Will's better half can't believe her eyes:


Now that's a grouper. Elbow size!

Eddie's monster took the jack pot @ 81.5 pounds.

Mister Mark Tonde takes home grouper & snapper money. Look at the mutton:

A very proud Eddie, Captain Mark Hubbard, and Mark T. Talk about coughing up money:

Well, another great adventure is now history, but not for long. The great battle has not been won. Even, although facing superior strength and numbers, we will never give up. Next weekend we will once again be 'Battling the Monsters of the Elbow. But we need help. As of now 36 determined anglers have signed up for the great war. If you think you are man/woman enough, join us! Bring mangrove snapper tackle as well as the heaviest outfit you have. You will need it.
Look at what you will be battling:


Bob Harbison Native Florida fisherman & hunter
Florida Outdoor Writers Association
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 4 weeks ago #31932

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Great report as always Bob. Tammy was gracious enough to lend me her beer batter recipe from the last full moon trip and I put it to use the day we got back from our trip on some Mangos. It was delicious. Next time you see her, tell her Nate says thanks for the recipe, the wife and neighbors loved it.
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 4 weeks ago #31945

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Really glad you liked the report. I forwarded your message to Tammy. I am sure she will be really happy. That girl takes her cooking seriously. Bob
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #31949

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;-[]- That black grouper is niiiiiiccccce!!!!
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -Doug Larson
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #31961

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Great report Bob. How was the gag grouper bite?
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #31978

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Caught some really nice gags, but not enough. We will be fishing the Elbow one more week & then back to the Middle Grounds. Hope to fine more gags.
Guess we caught somewhere around 25 gags last Saturday. Bob
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #32000

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That black is a real trophy of a lifetime.

You did wonderful coverage of a wonderful fishing experience.
"There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim."
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #32003

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Love reading your stuff Bob and I have friends from all over the U.S. that come to The Online Fisherman to read your stuff. They love this site and all the fishing you write about.. Keep up the good work...
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Thank you so very much for the most kind words. They are appreciated more than you will ever know. Recently I lost my wife of 39 years, my brother, and my youngest daughter. Knowing I have so many friends is what keeps me going.
Speaking of losses, the gentleman on the far R is Vince, our late mate. Rest in peace. Bob
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #32071

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Some confusion as to what kind of snapper this really is. To the Florida Fisherman it is a, " Dog snapper. " To some it is a, " Schoolmaster. "

Per Mister Nick Wiley, head of FWC:

"Hello. I confirmed this is definitely a dog snapper." Nick



What do you think? Bob
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #32078

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Wish I had the time and the money to do one of these fishing trips. It's been way too long since I've tangled with some giant grouper and snapper.
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Re: Battling the Monsters of the Elbow 2 years 3 weeks ago #32086

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Sir, we would love to have you.
Perhaps this one. I will be canceling my overnight trip to go. Hope to see many OnLineFisherman fiends. Bob

The Online Fisherman and Hubbard's Marina present...
DEEP SEA FISHING
FOR GAG GROUPER AND
AMBERJACK!!!
When: Friday, October 19th, 2012
Time: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Cost: $120 plus tax
Bob Harbison
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