350- 400 lb. blue that we saw sunning in 160 feet. Pitched him a greenie...
then some, Aj's and finished up with Permit
Okay, here’s the scoop, sorry I couldn’t post earlier, I had a Tuna seminar at the new White’s Tackle. Awesome shop, if you haven’t been in there yet, you should check it out.
I had repeat clients Tony D, Brian and a new buddy of theirs Andrew today. Tony and Brian have been on here before in pictures holding some huge cudas. Anyways, they wanted Andrew to get a taste of them and some big amberjacks if possible. Bait was hard to catch this morning, so I was glad that I bought a few dozen pilchards and some crabs. After hitting bottom spot after spot with little to no luck, we had made our way up past the peanut. 175 line. I was headed to another spot when we past a huge black mat, and what at first I thought was a sail under it. I spun the boat around and quickly tied a new leader and hook onto our Blackfin spinning rod with Fin Nor bait runner reel spooled with fresh Vicious line. As we made our way back to the fish I knew it was to big to be a sail, but didn’t want to say marlin and be wrong. I knew it was a billfish for sure though. I pulled the boat out of gear and killed the engines allowing us to slide right up to it. Standing on the bow deck I pitched the bait to the fish and handed the rod to Andrew. We all saw the fish follow our bait half way back to the boat before it ate. I told Andrew to close the bail and slowly reel. The fish just layed under the boat for a few seconds before making a slow run offshore. With only 16 lb test and a 50 lb. leader we played the fish way light. After getting the leader in about 20 minutes a couple of times we tightened up the drag a little to see if we could get him to jump.
It worked… the fish made a few more good jumps and runs and we let him go after about 1:45 minutes. Some of the action was so close you could touch it. It was the perfect fish, it could not have done anything any better for us, what a treat to watch, It was way cool from start to finish. I like chasing them down on the little boat better than the big boats, talk about getting some line back fast…
After that, we headed back to the bottom and caught a few out of a bunch of big AJ’s.
We ended the day inshore catching permit. Seems like they were a little bigger today, weighed one before the release that came in at 35 lbs.
It was a treat to be on the boat for sure. I’ll never forget it, and I know Andrew and the boys said the same thing.