This is not a fish story. I caught a full grown old man porpoise slow trolling a live sardine while in Stuart last week. We saw him near the spread and then I hooked up on something that fought really weird kinda like a nurse shark. Then we saw him come up to the surface and sure enough he was hooked. He never really made a run of any kind just kinda hung out near the boat. We were able to get most of the leader up before we cut it off and sent him on his way.
We think it was really old as its dorsal was all chewed off, who knows but a true story.
Several years ago while chum fishing for tarpon using a floating dead trout I hooked 2 propoises within 2 hours. Stripped my reels before I could even cut them off.
I also wondered how they avoided the hook every time.
He really never ran on us kinda just hung out in front of the boat. I have a 40yrd top shot of 50lb leader and got as much of that back as I could but I didn't want to horse him next to the boat for fear he would haul tail and take a 100 yards of mono before I could cut it. We wanted to get him boat side to try and remove the hook or the bulk of the leader but after the second attempt and him going deep twice we made the choice to cut it the next time we were able to get a good amount of leader back.
I wish I was able to get pics cause it otherwise seems like a tall tail but at risk of cutting off a beautiful creature with a ton of mono to get wrapped up in we did our best on the release and hope he is swimming wild and free today.
Not only do they know where the hooks are, they know how much line you have too.....
They are only a porpoise, if you catch them on porpoise.....:cool:
Well done, I actually laughed at my desk at this.
Thanks.....I'll be here all week....
...try the veal....:cool: