Not everyday do you have your own camera boat next to you to capture the moment! It was off at 7 with Jersey Joe and stopped at the Sandpile for bait.....nada but Mullet Mike was just leaving there and offered up some River mullet.....good Karma. I gave him some other bait numbers and we were both off to it where we both caught the biggest greenies I have ever seen. Then South East towards Jupiter. I deployed a 4 line spread and lost sight of Mike who was running and gunning. In about 300 feet, my depth finder blew up with fish and I couldn't take it any longer, so I stopped, leaving the spread out which turned into a big mistake and we deployed some livies. Live baited for over an hour and had two light bites. Decided to pull the rods and move on when Joe's Rod seemed awful heavy but no fight. He kept reeling like it was a lethargic heavy shark and then he woke up a sleeping dog, BAM! The fight was on peeling off about 200 yards of line, still thinking it was a shark and then the torpedo comes out of the water. This fish jumped no less than thirty times. I let Mike know we were hooked up and it didn't take long with his 300 horsepower to arrive for entertainment purposes. Between chasing the fish and pulling in 4 rods that were knotted and a mess it was eventful. We finally chased him down and I made the grab. NO HATERS PLEASE, it was my first sail and I had to have a ceremonial picture, he was revived and almost pulled me in the water when he took off. Thanks to Mike and Jason for the amazing pictures. Fished a few more hours live baiting while we tried untangling knots in the other rods, I think I'll be replacing some line. It was time to go play with the Snook who weren't very playful. It was slack tide and although we had about six bites, they were non commital. The storms rolled in really fast with bolts of lightning so it was off to the condo. Great day with Joe, it was his first sailfish and mine also.
As long as they are handled gently, put back in water quickly and revived at side of boat before release there is nothing wrong getting out of water pic with first sail. Sail population seems to be pretty healthy over the last few years. Nice work guys.
Thank you for your kind words, it was exciting, stressful but fun. After about 30 jumps I was bound to get an aerial shot. At the end of reviving my buddy wasn't sure he was ready to go so I grabbed the tail as he let him go.........he almost pulled me in as he took off, he was ready.
Nice work Aqua! Beautiful fish!!!
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07-20-2013, 07:20 PM
I would like for all of us on the forum to help others understand the laws about sailfish...
Taking a Sailfish out of the water for a photo op is illegal... We can only remove a Sailfish from the water if you are going to keep it...
It really troubles me that so few know this... Please help others become informed, not so much for the law, but the preservation of a beautiful species for our children and their children...
Further, I would also like for us to all share the importance of a proper release, which, when possible, should always include pulling the Sailfish through the water until it regains its color and life...
LEGAL LANGUAGE FOR SAILFISH
Minimum fish size is 63" LJF
All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (800-894-5528) or hmspermits.noaa.gov
HMS permit required in federal waters
Individuals not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, but without removing the fish from the water.