I ended up trading a Don and his son Bridger for a Caribou hunt in Alaska. The fishing trip and caribou hunt were absolutely incredible. I knew I could put them on the fish, but was extremely impressed with the caribou hunt.
I'll start with the fishing trip.
The fishing in South Louisiana is some of the best in the world. The large amount of oil rigs provide an unbelievable habitat for a varity of fish. The only problem was the BP Oil Spill that happened about 6 weeks before our scheduled trip. The oil spill caused massive closures and forced me to change plans just a few days before the trip. We ended up fishing a couple hundred miles further west than usual, but I was confident we would do good.
The son, Bridger, had never caught anything bigger than 15lbs and I told him we could at least get something in the 50-80# range. The plan was some triggerfish, mangrove snapper, Amberjacks, try for a Warsaw Grouper, then run long to the canyon for some Yellowfin Tuna.
There was a pretty good chop when we left the pass from some area thunderstorms, but it turned to dead calm as the day progressed. Started out by catching some triggerfish, and a few mangroves. Constantly releasing monster Red Snapper, because the season was closed. After lunch we got on a bunch of Amberjack to 60 pounds, and they had an absolute blast with them.
We set up for a Warsaw Grouper in the evening, and 16yr old Bridger was on the rod. I knew there was a good chance at a monster, but never expected this. When the fish hit he was ready, and fought the fish like a pro. It hit the scales at 323 pounds, and will be the new #4 in the state. I'll let the pictures show the rest. Needless to say you still can't beat the smile off Bridger's face! After the fish was in the boat we decided to head back in. Bridger and his dad were flat wore out, and had enough. We'll have to save the tuna for next time.