With the final leg of the Bluewater Tournaments on Saturday we needed to load the pen with bait. Headed out of Boynton early Friday and caught 8 dozen gogs in short order. I just happened to bring two rods so we could pre-fish a little before catching runners and speedos. Ran just south of the Martini in 260 feet where the water was nice and blue. I pitched out a gog on the TLD 15 with engine in gear and about 30 yards from the boat i get crushed. Fish is making a blistering run offshore and we chase it down. Get back on it and it blows up the reel inshore, start to chase it and it charges the boat quick and now i'm thinking hoo for sure. It pops up near the boat and i see stripes, but the gaff is to short to nail it. Fish dumps me again straight down and it's a stale mate for 5 minutes. Finally get the fish turned and pump it up, i lay the fish sideways on the surface and Mikey sticks the fish in the head first shot.(Marcus did a great job driving the boat with all my yelling). High fives all around, and Mikey is overly joyed as this is the biggest hoo on his boat ever. If he was wearing lipstick my face would've been pink all over!! Fish was bouncing 43-45lbs on a crappy scale.
We headed to the barn after that to unload the gogs, and grab some coffee before heading back out. Set anchor on the shallow reef and chummed up the speedos and runners and loaded the livewell. Mikey sent back a jig a little farther and guess what? stud yellowtails waiting for us. We railed 25 tails and called it a day as tournament was early next morning.
Tournament day was nice in the morning and after the Bimini start it was a short ride to San Remo where we set up in 180 and worked out to 250. It was quiet for awhile till the down rigger went off that was down 110 ft. Brian jumps on the rod and does his work, but the fish is doggin him good. Fighting kinda funny, not like a typical king. The fish came to the surface 10 yards from the boat and when we spotted it we all yelled big cobe. Ted had the gaff, but couldn't get around the coffin quick enough so he passes it to me and i stuck it 12 feet off the bow. Instinctively Teddy had already opened the hatch in the floor and as the cobe hit the deck he went nuts, Teddy hit him with a right kick to the head and guided him to his resting spot!! Back at it we set up a quick drift and before long Capt. Ron was hooked into a good battle with a blackfin tuna that kicked all our butts! After a long battle with lots of screaming when the fish came into color range the gaff man Teddy says it is and AJ and puts the gaff down and walks away. Well it popped next to the boat and oh **** its a nice blackfin, no ones ready and the fight goes on for another 15 minutes before i stuck it. Teddy will never live this one down according to the Capt. !!!
The rest of the day was tough for us even though we had a good start, we knew we needed 4 kings to seal the deal. Fished all over and just didnt happen. Ended up catching the only cobia in the tournament (32lbs) so 1st place in that species for Team Bandit and a sweet trophy.
You guys were about a half hour too late on the King bite. We caught 18 or so before we slid out deeper. When we spoke to Ron we had just slid out. Glad we did 'cause that's when we got our Wahoo off Boynton and then our Dolphin out in 800' to salt away the KDW and the win. If we just would have entered the Pick 3 we would have won an additional $15K. Capt Ron is a great guy to fish with. I fished a couple SKA tournaments with him on the old Contender in 2003 and had a blast! Wish he had the Invincible back then...Would have made the run from Key West in the Hogs Breath a hell of a lot nicer!