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Old 08-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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So every year my family and good friends rent the cabins on board NAS-Pensacola. They are located almost due south of the lighthouse so when we walk down to the beach we are literally at the Pass. Good shark fishing waters.

We always do well shark fishing here and this is the first year my little brother came with us. His biggest fish ever, before last night, was a 30" redfish.

Me, Robby Louhier, and my brother Chris set up on the beach around dusk with 3, 6/0 combos. We had mullet, bluefish, Spanish we caught earlier in the day and a ladyfish. We tried all four baits but bluefish was certainly the bait to use. We had several hard runs and everytime we gave Chris the rod in hopes he would get a solid hookup. Finally around 10:15 he got a huge run and a solid hookup.

I know this is long but I am trying to describe a 42 year old man fighting his first big fish and it was amazing. He fought her for about 45 minutes and finally got her close enough to tail rope and drag on the beach. She was certainly a pregnant female due to the girth of her belly. We got some quick pictures and then I walked her in the water and revived her. She swam away as strong as an ox so I am calling that a good, safe release.

Looking at Chris' face after all that was worth a million dollars. Thanks for reading and we are going back at it again tonight!
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Awesome! Thats good stuff!
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Hey, I always see the tail wrap thing for shark fisherman.

Just wondering what that's for. I assume it is for better control of the fish to bring them out of the water, but just wanted to get some clarification from someone who knows
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Awesome story and great shark! what a great first shark the bar has been set really high. I hope you all catch more this week
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Hey, I always see the tail wrap thing for shark fisherman.

Just wondering what that's for. I assume it is for better control of the fish to bring them out of the water, but just wanted to get some clarification from someone who knows

The tail rope makes it much more safe to land the fish. If you try and just grab their tail with your hands, you risk getting whipped, torn up by their skin and possibly bitten. If you rope it, it gets you out of harms way.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #7
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HappyHourHero- Very true. I don't like grabbing the tail and dragging anything over 4ft. Nobody in my group has ever been bitten and I want to keep it that way.
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HappyHourHero- Very true. I don't like grabbing the tail and dragging anything over 4ft. Nobody in my group has ever been bitten and I want to keep it that way.
i'm more worried about the ones 4ft and under.

nice bull!

BUT... it looks like it has claspers, and at that size they would be small.
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nice job!!
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #10
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Nice catch! That's a big jump up from a 30" red! Thank you for posting.
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