So I went out of dania today and had a four hour battle with what I thought was either a sailfish or marlin possibly? I was exhausted after 4 hours on the kayak going back and forth with this fish. Never caught a sailfish so I’m not sure what they fight like and definitely never caught a marlin. Maybe foul hooked sail? Not sure what could be that strong. But after four hours I thought I’d cut the line or put more pressure on him, so I gave it one last shot and tried pressuring him in and he jumped and the line snapped near the hook. Was bottom fishing for mutton with about 30ft leader of 50lb mono in 165ft straight off pier.
It was doing circles under the kayak for a lot of the fight when it wasn't pulling me through ft Lauderdale. Not a lot of big runs but slowly taking line most of the time. Almost robotic.
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Here's what fwc says about blue marlin, "This may be the ultimate of the big game fish - the one Hemingway so often wrote about. Serious anglers rig heavy and expect to fight a marlin for 4-6 hours."
They also say they grow up to 1400 lbs, though i doubt this fish was more than 200lbs.
And fwc on sailfish, "Blue runners, pinfish, mullet, scads, ballyhoo and squid attract cruising sailfish. Sailfish are known for their fast runs, acrobatic jumps and head-shaking attempts to throw a hook. Sailfish tire easily and should be revived after a long fight to ensure their survival. Most anglers release these fish."
This fish did not really head shake much, if at all. Would have loved to get a photo of it but all i have is a video of my reel screaming after 3 and a half hours. I'll never forget that fish, hope he lives long.
The advent of braid line has changed that for some nitch types of fishing. When I moved to Florida, it was a big shock to see many professional guides that never learned the skill of casting conventional reels. On the kayak, one does not need to cast much - a bait can be distant from the angler by a few strokes of the paddle. For the same pound line, a conventional reel can handle larger fish for longer fights than a spinner. It's a worthwhile progression.