A friend had a new toy that he wanted to put more hours on the engine. He suggested we plan a trip to GBI for Monday so who was I to say no.
An earlyish start saw us heading north up the motorway as some of the early commuters were driving south to work
As we dropped the boat in at Omaha I discovered just how new his new toy was - 2.7 hrs on the motor. Flat seas and little wind saw me being dropped in the water at the first spot in the Broken Islands by 8:40am after an hours trip over. The visibility had looked to be round 5 - 6m but it closed in as I swam along the coast. This first piece of coast was not overly fishy but it was still better than being at work. After a couple of hours in the water I had swum to where he had anchored the boat in a sheltered bay so I climbed aboard and went to pick him up. His plan had been to swim to a point then round a smallish island so it didn't take me long to find him.
The next piece of coast we tried had similar visibility to the first and marginally more fish life. I shot a drummer and set a burley on a relatively fishy point to try and bring in snapper but all that came in to it were 30cm or less so I left them alone.
We had one more spot to try - as luck would have it this spot held more fish and the two of us got snapper and saw loads of others.
The boat ride back to Omaha took about 1.5 hrs as the wind and sea had picked up - it was a great day to be out and we returned home with snapper and crayfish. We didn't get close to threatening the current 9 snapper bag - or even the proposed 3 snapper limit and I would have been happy (ish) to return with nothing but have had a great winters "work day" in the water for about 5 hrs.