With the weekend free of tournament fishing, I was stoked to get a call from my long time friends down in Pompano to do some daytime dropping, and just relax with no pressure. It was shaping up to be a beautiful day after the many days of hardcore blow South Florida experienced!!! Met Thomas at his house around 6 am and loaded all the gear before we picked up a few of his friends. We will say there was no shortage of equipment on this trip.
The run out was pretty smooth with a light NW wind, and we were on the grounds in no time. First drop of the day produced nothing and we started hearing and seeing boats getting tight all around us. We reset and it wasn't long before we saw the slightest TAP TAP on the rod. Teased the fish with the bait a little and the rod loaded up nicely. The fish dogged us hard on the bottom for the first few minutes, but slowly worked itself up. It wasn't long before we were on the wind-on and two harpoons were readied. The fish breached a few feet off the bow, almost jumping in, completely air-bound with a half twist re-entry, before making another solid run straight down 500 feet. Get the fish back on the wind-on and we get a few more jumps and leaps and then the around and under the boat drill happens. There were a couple scary moments, but Shane maneuvered the 36 Yellowfin tactfully, even leaving the wheel one time for a **** shot when the fish went under the boat and popped up on the other side, but it was a missed shot. Lifted the motors and she swam back under only to find Maverick waiting on the starboard side with a lethal **** shot right through the head. The beast was under control now with a couple gaffs in the head, and all that was left was pulling her in, which proved to be fairly easy with 3 other young bucks aboard.
Fish taped out at 85" x 54" LJF. Formula puts it at about 310 lbs. Whatever it weighed it was a nice haul.
(no expert, but looks 300 all day long)
20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
(I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
Keeping busy while away from Florida
Capt. Steve Beare
USCG Licensed & Insured