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Old 08-07-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Left Pensacola pass on the Big Dog with Aaron and Robert on Friday evening and arrived at 131 Hole amidst thousands of jellyfish and cut off the engines. Put out a couple of lines with glowsticks and squid at about 300 feet behind boat. At 0230 line went off but was a 4 to 5 foot shark that gave us a good fight until release. Nothing until 0430 when the reel took off on a Penn 80wide. We saw the fish in the spreader lights briefly and it was definately a billfish and most likely a sword. It looked to be very close to 300 pounds if not more. Aaron fought the fish for 2 hours and the fish somehow spit the hook 100 feet or less from the boat. Aaron had kept tight lines, fought steadily, and we were a little heartbroken, but it was great while it lasted. We put out the trolling spread as it was now daylight and trolled the edge for about 5 hours without a single bite. The water was green/brown. No birds or weedlines, but did see several crashing schools of bone-eaters. Interestingly, saw flying-fish only 7 miles from Pensacola pass. There were also flying-fish at 131 hole early but saw hardly any once sun rose.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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thanks for the report, bummer on the lost sword, but that's what keeps us going back!
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