Had the pleasure of mating aboard the Palm Express this weekend, as we traveled to Bimini Big Game Club. Plan was to put some out of state clientele on some fish and pack some away for them to fly home. Friday's crossing was smooth and we got settled in quick, so we could head out to deep drop for some dinner.
We ended up boating a good bit of yellow eye and one queen so everyone was happy, but it had been a long day so we headed to the barn for a fresh snapper dinner and some good sleep. The next morning we left early and made a small run to the south as we only had 2 hrs of the outgoing left, out went the wire lines and trolling leads and not too long into it we get a good strike and the reel is screaming. The battle is lost by the angler.......1 for the Hoooos. We reset and 20 minutes later get banged again, this time the fish is dragged thru the transom door and welcomed aboard!
The tide ended so we switched gears and put out a spread of big ballyhoo and some strip baits behind islanders. Out in 900 feet of water the long line(strip bait) gets absolutely freight-trained and is dumping the 30w international quickly, we get the angler into the harness and clear the spread, and realize the Man-in-the-Blue-Suit decided to make an appearance!! The fight lasted a while, but eventually the mono leader gave up, as we were not "equipped" for Marlin. Things slowed down and the group decided to head in for lunch. We took a stroll south on the streets and ended up at Fabian's Conch shack and had some great eats with a few cold Kalik Golds. Afternoon fishing trip was to deep drop again, but a lack of current spoiled that plan, as the yellow eyes are very finicky, only 2 boated. We found some good looking weeds and then Mr. Frigate showed us the way. We nailed some nice phins late in the day to top it all off.
The ride home was a little bumpy due to the west wind at first, but didn't stop us from finding another frigate 30 miles off, and landing another big phin!!
Great trip all together and I can say the big phins are around!!
Grateful to have these opportunities, safe trip, and good friends! Get tight!