Started the morning early and launched with Chris (frankthetank) around 6 am from Pompano Beach. We were greeted by decent size waves breaking right on the beach. So we timed our launch and got a little wet as we passed through them, luckily without rolling.
On our way out Chris was trolling some type of small plug and hooked up to a little grunt about 4 inches long in 30 ft. He didn't have a pole setup to troll it, so he handed it to me and I tossed it out. The setup I had rigged was a pink skirt covering the main hook with a stinger attached to it. We continued out while Chris was giving me a hard time about not catching anything the last few trips, then zzzzzing! In 100 ft I hooked into my first sail! Of course the pole he hit had some old 15lb mono on it and I was sure it was going to snap. I stayed patient and kept my drag turned down. The sail had its mind made up that he was headed for Bimini and took us to deeper water. After a 30 minute fight and several jumps and dives I landed him in 400 feet, almost a mile from where I hooked up.
After the release we worked hard against the 3+ knot north current and big over head high swell to get back south. Made a few drops and snagged a few big bonito before wearing out from the current. We headed in and were greeted with the biggest surf I have ever been in. 8 ft waves were breaking 1/3-1/2 mile from shore by the mooring buoys which never happens at Pompano unless there is a storm. So we had to zigzag to avoid those. As we neared the beach surfers where everywhere surfing head high waves. The waves were huge now that it was low tide. I looked for an eddy and waited for a chance to come in. I got in far enough to jump out and was planning on walking my kayak in until a head high wave broke right behind me. I couldn't hold on to the the yak, but some how it didn't roll and was pushed up onto the beach. I swam in and was happy to be back on shore! Chris didn't get so lucky :(
Thanks Chris for the lucky bait and help getting the sail in the yak for a quick photo!