Recently, Capt. Larry had the pleasure of taking out Sly Black and his daughter, 11 year old Alecia Black of Bradenton, FL. What made this trip special, other than Alecia catching her first amberjack (while using live pinfish), is that Alecia is rated #1 in the world for girls 12 years old and under. This explains why when asked if fishing was better than tennis, she quickly replied “no way”! Alecia is a student of her dad’s school, The Sly Black Tennis Academy in Bradenton, and has also won the USA tennis championship for juniors. So far on my boat, she is rated #1 for 11 year old girls for amberjack and grouper and amberjacks; way to go Alecia! She was able to catch them herself, but since they were so heavy her dad did need to give her a hand with the gaff hook.
On that same trip, the party each caught and released several big amberjacks. Usually we would keep these impressive specimens, but now they are now out of season until the start of the new year. Even with the release of the amberjacks, our boat was still filled with fish. We caught monster red grouper, gags, with a smattering of snapper and sharks while we were fishing about 35 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island.
Another notable trip was on 11-18-09, my first mate, Larry Bethke caught a 9ft hammerhead shark in about 130 ft of water, and subsequently released it. The shark was entirely too dangerous to bring in the boat for a photo shoot. In general, we’ve been catching a lot of gag, red and scamp grouper, and also mangrove snapper, porgies, triggerfish, along with a wide variety of large sharks. Action has been good and steady along the beach for kingfish and mackerel, whereas we’ve been going offshore for everything else.
The weather is beautiful, after the 2 weeks of wind, and shows Florida is truly a paradise! The fish are biting as if they’ve been starving, and life is indeed good! Now is the time to come and get you some, while the fish are hot!
Capt Larry McGuire
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Located at the Cortez Fishing center Fl.
Sly and Alecia Black can be reached at for any more info about their catch.