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Old 07-13-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default King From the Beach Today

Went out to Johnson's Beach this morning to continue my so far unsuccessful quest to catch a nice shark from the beach. It took me a really long time to catch a ladyfish for bait and we were about to leave when I finally got one.

Much to my girlfriend's dismay, we went and unloaded the kayak and I paddled the head half out past the 2nd sand bar.

Some tourists set up less than 10 yards from me and then started swimming and floating around on their paddle boards. Their son got tangled in the line of my surf rod so I reeled in it after he got untangled. About ten minutes later the parents had drifted out to the sand bar and were right over my line on my shark pole.

I'm sitting there complaining to my girlfriend about them when my reel starts screaming like never before. I tightened down my drag and line just kept peeling off. The paddle boarders were looking at me and people were starting to crowd around. My girlfriend thought that I was tangled up with them. It went on another pretty god run and this time we could see it was for sure a big fish and not hung up.

I fought it for 20 or so min and then got a glimpse of it. I thought it has to be a barracuda and some of the tourists were saying its for sure a shark. I gained some more line on it and could not believe what I saw! It ended up being a King!

I have never caught one before and was very surprised thats what it was. I can see why so many pier fisherman try to catch them. The fight was epic.

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Reel- Diawa SL30SH Spooled with 65lb PP and 40 yards of 80lb mono Topshot.
Bait: Ladyfish head
Time of day: 11:30am



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Old 07-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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HELLS YES! That's a nice one too. Congrats!!!!!
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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Dang fine king and from the beach!!
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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Great catch from the surf!!
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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Wow! That's a nice one. Congrats!
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #8
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Good job HHH! It wont be long before you get into a nice shark! I was at Navarre pier Monday night and one of the guys caught a nice 8' hammer on a chunk of king for bait. He told LP he has been catching big sharks with kings for a while. You might want to eat 36" and feed the rest to a big hammer! Great King and good luck on your shark! UGLY
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Man that's a nice king! Congrats!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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