Photos: Gulf Coast Partyboat Fishing

Anglers look for a break in the weather to head 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida to the Middle Grounds. This gallery highlights catches and camaraderie of a well-run head boat.

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First stop is to pick up baitfish. Hope you have some frisky pinfish!
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The jaws of John's Pass Bridge open wide. Next stop is the Florida Middle Grounds, 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida.
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Madeira Beach
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Mister Jeibe picks up tips from Joe, the boatmate, on how to battle a huge amberjack.
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Before fishing, everyone has to eat their meal from Tammy, the ship cook.
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JD lands his first-ever amberjack.
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The AJs are on fire. Some great battles are won, most are lost. They just don't know when to give up!
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That's it! The entire boat has limited out (two-day limit) on AJs.
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What's for lunch? Our favorite! Beer battered fish that's fresh off the grill.
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With amberjack off limits, anglers started loading up on red grouper.
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And next, the mangrove snapper started biting.
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Carl Kisner caught this African pompano. He was using cut Spanish sardines intended for mangrove snapper.
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Captain Mark Hubbard (L), Carl Kisner, Bob Bush, and James Watts all land African pompano.
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Cliff tossed a Boston mackerel to this dolphin. Bam! What a hit.
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Red snapper catch.
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Jon and Nate, both FWC biologist, are along. Jon is catching, tagging, venting, and releasing red snapper.
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A bit of help is needed to land this massive shark.
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Some dinner before a night of fishing.
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The night bite starts, producing many of the same species from the day. Now, they're less spooky.
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These anglers won top prizes from the trip.