(Part 2) Cruising with the Hatteras

Pete’s Pub is one of my favorite places. Back in the early 1950s, Pete’s father, Randolph Johnston, feared that the world was headed for ruin. So he loaded up his family and moved to Man of War Cay in the Bahamas. Here, he was able to buy a rundown sailboat that he and his family […]

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Cruising On The Hatteras

In an earlier post, I related the experience of purchasing our new 55-foot Hatteras sportfish boat. It was a good boat, and we had many adventures in it—after we recovered from the shock of Bubba’s suicide. You can read about the incident in Chapter 39 “The (Second) New Boat” on my website: http://frankwilem.com. After the […]

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Stranded in the Marquesas

Being out on the water is always fun … well, most of the time. Along with the exhilaration of being in a boat and feeling free to go wherever you wish also comes the unexpected. A few years ago, my daughter, Brittany, won a qualifying event to fish the IGFA Junior Angler World Championship down […]

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Cobia Craziness

Every year, the Vixen crew joins the legion of boats cruising the waters off the beaches of Alabama and Florida in search of westward-migrating cobia. Boats cruise along the beaches, preferably with the anglers standing at the highest possible point, until a cobia is spotted. Then in a moment of chaos, the crew slings jigs, […]

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The (Second) New Boat

For most of my adult life, I’ve been a partner in some sort of boat. Typically, they were bowrider-style run-abouts in the twenty-foot-long range. These boats generally had a bimini top and slant cover which allowed us to spend the night on the fold-down seats. Though it was not especially comfortable, I enjoyed waking up […]

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Icy Roads, Blue Water, and Billfish

Tropical jungles and clear waters teaming with billfish were the furthest things from our minds as we fought driving sleet on our drive to Houston. This was not our plan, but Mother Nature had intervened. Every year for the past 6 years, our ManTrip group of twelve has made a fishing trip. These have ranged from […]

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Offshore World Championship

The fishing was good this past year, though the weather did play havoc with some of the fishing tournaments. The Vixen team was fortunate to win the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast Big Game Club’s Jeff Alexander tournament. This qualifies us to fish the Offshore World Championship down in Quepos, Costa Rica next April. Dr. Don […]

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After 15 years, Ram Powell still producing… fish

Back in September, we headed south on Vixen on an overnight bluewater trip.  After a quick stop to catch bait, we proceeded on to the Ram Powell oil rig where I caught my first yellow fin years ago while fishing aboard the Nancy B with Guy Billups and Jim Lunsford. Roughly 100 miles offshore in 3,200 […]

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A Night Lost at Sea

Ever spent the night floating in the ocean far offshore? Trust me, you don’t want to. We’ve all seen movies in which people are cast adrift miles offshore and contemplated the horror. But having actually done it, I can tell you that it’s more horrifying than you can possibly imagine. At least it was for […]

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Fishing for Big Game

Having fished the MS Billfish Classic the first weekend in June, we knew the fishing was likely to be slow and hard as we set out a week later to fish the MS Gulf Coast Big Game Club spring tournament. I like fishing our local club tournaments, particularly this one, dedicated as the Jeff Alexander […]

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