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First hour in Bimini = Blue marlin!

So we slogged our way over to Bimini early Friday morning. After clearing customs, headed back out and went to the humps up north. Bait in the water less than an hour, crack goes the left long. Rod doubles down and starts screaming. We can tell it's a solid fish. Finally get the angler situation worked out and boat owner John is on the rod. Fish ends the run and goes airborne... she's a beautiful blue marlin! She takes off again doing 3 massive greyhound jumps, reverses course blazes back the way she came, does a massive head shake halfway out of the water and throws the hook.

Trolled around a bit more and had a little sail come up and take a swat at the right short but never ate it. Since we were all pretty tired from getting beat up on the crossing, picked up and headed back to Sands.

Saturday morning awoke to grey skies and whipping winds but the fearless crew wasn't to be deterred. Plan was to troll south in the morning then set up for yellowtail south of Cat right after the tide change at noon. Troll down was a bit brutal into the seas but spotted a pack of birds, trolled by them and three rods double over. After a decent fight, boxed a pair of fat skippies. Little while later, a lone dolphin joined them in the box.

Waited for the tide to get flowing good and headed to one of my favorite spots south of Cat. As soon as I got there, the depth finder lit up with fish. Got anchored up, started flowing chum and we were covered up in triggers. After 20 minutes of dealing with that, announced if we didn't get a snapper, we were moving in 5 minutes. 60 seconds later, bam, yellowtail. After that, it was non-stop action on YTs with 4 big flags thrown in for good measure. Also added a hefty rainbow runner to the box.

Trolled back to Sands with no action and the gang headed over to Big Game while I cleaned fish. Told them not to forget the raingear, which they did, and when I saw them again, they looked like three drowned rats. :grin

Sunday was supposed to be a full day of fishing, but with the bands from Deby whipping through, decided to troll out to 20 miles off then run and gun on the way back. Got outside only to find the 3-5s from the day before were now 4-6s with an occasional 8 thrown in for fun. Again, the crew said screw it, let's fish anyways. Once again, about an hour into the troll the flat line pulling a big pink and blue *** feather on the 50 gets drilled. I mean it's SCREAMING.

Get CajunRich belted up just in time to watch our second marlin of the shortened trip take to the air. Fish reversed course again and started melting line off the reel when all of a sudden the line went slack. Watched her jump twice more and that was it. Reeled in and found the wire broke at the hook. Wraps were all still intact. Best I can figure is when she reversed, because of the tension on the line, the wire kinked up in the hook eye.

By this point were now seeing more and more 8s and a black horizon with a small window to the south. Made the call and we 'surfed' our way the last 40 miles hitting LHP just as the window got there.

All in all, not a bad trip. The action had slowed down from the week before (I'm sure because of the front) but we still had a blast.


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