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Old 05-15-2012, 09:01 AM   #41
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Back in the early 90's I was running the deck on a private boat,we were fishing the MBGFC Memorial Day tourney out of OB. We had been circling the drill ship Discovery when BAM My left short flat rubberband pops and the penn 80 wide starts SCREAMING. Everyone on the boat starts yelling........BLUE MARLIN.....BLIE MARLIN!! 20 mins into the fight she sounds and the tug-o-war was on and she was winning. This lasted just a couple of mins and we started getting slack in the line. I'm yelling CRANK CRANK CRANK to the angler and GO GO GO to the capt. We thought we we lucky when the line came tight and we were still hooked up. She decided that she was ready to make a jump and when she did it was like everything went into slow motion.......HEAD SHAKE LEFT......and we all sat in disbelief not only at the size of this beast but also that we watched he sling the pink and white softhead out and she was gone. Obviously we can't say for sure but it was guessed that she went well over #800 and that was being conservative!! CRUSHED!! I posted this on another thread but thought it fit this thread also.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:34 AM   #42
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My brother,my friend, and I went out on our 9ft jon boat into the bay with three foot waves.I was borrowing my friends gold spoon on light tackle.I threw it out one. Time and I get a nice bite.the drag starts scheming as im trying to winch it to the boat since my rod was bent all the way over.after 30 minutes I get it to the boat and the waves are literally crashing over the boat.we realized we left the net so my friend reached over and grabbed it to bring it in.when I held it I realized my 4lb test was frayed badly.the fish was around 29 inches and a good 15 pounds.that was the mist memorable fish/fight I've had.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:59 AM   #43
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This is my favorite because it was my son's fish and shows how God in heaven works to make fathers look smart in front of their sons. My younger son Joshua truly loves to fish, just like his father and grandfather before him. He's been fishing since he was about 4 and often when we'd catch a small fish, I'd hook the small fish up and throw it out for Joshua, explaining that this was the "special trick" that my dad had taught me. In farm ponds, this trick would often produce 2-4 lb catfish and in midwestern lakes it would produce walleye. Back in 2006, hooking up a bluegill produced a 19 lb muskellunge for my son.

Well, we were planning a trip to Fourchon, LA and I was having a hard time finding hooks big enough for the "special trick" saltwater style, when I finally ordered some 11/0 Mustad hooks from I made a big deal out of the arrival of the hooks and explained all the exciting things that can happen hooking up a 12" sand trout or croaker at the edge of the gulf. We'd stopped to fish Belle pass after an unsuccessful run to E Timbalier (too rough) when my son caught an 11" sand trout. I immediately took out a steel leader and one of the big hooks and my son let it down. It wasn't 5 minutes later when the drag was screaming. 30 minutes later, I netted the 40" bull redfish for Joshua and we had it in the box as keeping 1 over 27" is legal in Louisiana. My daughter caught the one in my avatar (38") a bit later on a dead shrimp.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" - The Messiah
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #44
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7' 300+lb nurse shark. Myself, Better Half, Devinsdad and several other were sharking when the screaming drag on my Penn 4/0 (lil reel) went crazy! 1.5 hours later and landing the fish 3 times (thanks to 1 less than sober person) we finally got her on the beach, took some pics and released her. WHAT A NIGHT!
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