Sophia had many firsts on this trip, paddleboarding, watching stingrays ride the waves and deep seafishing for red snapper. A few things fell into place for this adventure. First, our Uncle Gary is a very generous person who happens to have a boat that is capable of handling the ocean. Red Snapper fishing takes some foresight, having a depth finder isn't enough, you need to have a destination in the vast ocean where there is reef or structure that will support Red Snapper. Lucky for us, Gary had both of these things. Lastly we happened to be visiting during Red Snapper season, this lasts about a week out of the year for people in personal crafts. With all of these things in place, Gary rigged the boat and we set out through the intercoastal waterway into the Gulf of Mexico. When we reached the Gulf, Gary gave me the wheel to the boat and pointed to the GPS that would keep me on track to our destination. The shoreline and buildings disappeared as we beat our way through the waves 17 miles into the Gulf. Along the way we were greeted by school of flying fish that leaped just out of range from the boat.
We reached our coordinates and spent some time trolling around to see the structure on the depth finder. Sophia wasn't feeling too well at this point. The swells in the ocean and the heat of the day had made her feel a little woozy. About that time we hit our spot and began to drop the line into the water. One Hundred feet down to the bottom of the ocean and about three cranks to lift the bait up, then wait.... Bang! Set the Hood and Hold On! We were in the mix! The excitement of the boat revved up and with some coaxing Sophia helped me real in a Red Snapper. She was excited and the woozy feeling she was feeling seemed to be alleviated for the moment. Sophia also caught what appeared to be a bonita. What an exciting 45 minutes on the water! With some severe looking clouds moving in, and a good catch we called it a day. As we reached the intercoastal waterway, the dark clouds let loose on us and we grinned with contentment of a good day on the water.