(Alice - in the blue long sleeve shirt / Delores - sitting down dressed in grey / Dot - wearing a chartreuse t-shirt / Nan - in the blue short sleeve NCLA t-shirt)
GWR 901 S / 7' 6" / Mag-Medium / Ex-Fast
A more powerful spinning rod designed to fish live bait and soft plastics. It makes a really good choice for the deeper flats and bigger fish. It is a good choice for permit, small jacks and big reds. It will handle small crabs and has enough power to handle those over-sized surprises. Made with our "fiber blend technology", it is light and sensitive!
Series - Saros
Family Type - Spinning
Models Offered - 4
Key Feature - X-Ship
Ball Bearings - 5
Roller Bearings - 1
Maximum Drag (lb) - 7-15 (lb)
Retrieve Per Crank Range (in) - 29-37
A redesigned series introducing Shimano's new XGT7 Graphite, the new Saros FA reels feature a super strong high tech frame, rotor and sideplate construction providing an exceptionally solid feel. Combined with X-Ship technology for solid cranking power, the four new Saros FA reels feature Rapid Fire Drag for easy and accurate adjustments when fighting fish. Just realized it's bigger than you thought? Rapid Fire Drag will help you land it. Saros FA - a new standard in spinning reels from Shimano.
We spent the next five or ten minutes getting used to casting a 7 ft rod and fishing with artificial lures that had no scent on them.. A little different than using a live shrimp like we're used to but it didn't take us too long to get the hang of it.. Alice was probably the most experienced angler of the group so it was no surprise, really, that she was the first to hook up with a fish. Unfortunately, it wasn't a trout like we'd hoped and were targeting. It was a nasty ol' Remora. Ugly boogers for sure and Capt. Toney told us how really nasty they were.
"The relationship between a remora and its host is most often taken to be one of commensalism, specifically phoresy. Though it was originally thought that the host to which it attaches for transport gains nothing from the relationship, research indicates that hosts also benefit, given that remoras feed on parasites (such as copepods) and clean sloughing epidermal tissue as well as ingesting scraps of food, feces, and small nekton and zooplankton. The remora benefits by using the host as transport and protection, and also feeds on materials dropped by the host. Controversy surrounds whether a remora's diet is primarily leftover fragments, or the feces of the host. In some species (Echeneis naucrates and E. neucratoides), consumption of host feces is strongly indicated in gut dissections."
We had no clue. Pretty Gross!
For Alice it was cast after cast after cast - Remora, another Remora, and another Remora. Still...it was better than the rest of us were doing. After a half hour of that, Capt. Toney decided it was time for a move and we were ready.
Nan above fishing at the bow,
Alice below covering the stern
Dot covering the water in between.
We did manage, however, to find this awesome video of a promo for a Homosassa Cooked Shore Lunch that just so happened to star our very own Capt. William Toney. This video clip picks up exactly where we left off so it gives you an idea of what we experienced once we got to the island. https://youtu.be/um0zn9SEZZE
Method to the Madness
Capt. Toney docked the boat and as we were making our way back to the Marina, he did a quick inventory of our things, making sure that we wouldn't be leaving any valuables behind. There were still a number of fish left in his cooler and he made quick work of getting them filleted and divied up between us for a home-made fish dinner at a later date. We thanked him for an outstanding experience and made our way back to our vehicles for the drive home - in much need of a shower!
This was one of the most memorable charters we've had the pleasure of participating in during the history of the NCLA. From the weather, to the Capt's funny stories., to the company, to the food - it was a most remarkable day not soon to be forgotten. If you have the time and funds to do something like this, you will not regret it. It is worth every penny.