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Old 10-19-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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OK; so I gave all you guys a chance to go. See my post asking for 1 for the rigs that no one answered! So I buddy boated with another friend and went by myself! Beautiful day and night on Friday; frothy on the return on Saturday. I picked up a white marlin and a wahoo on the Elbow on the ride out so it was already a successful trip before getting to the rigs. I fished Petronus, Marlin, Ram Powell and the drill ship for five small blackfin. I am always amazed to see those 100lb yellowfin come out of the water chasing the flying fish in the lights of the rigs! Trolling back the next morning just east of Petronus when I had a drag pull on my squid daisy chain. Then a drag pull on the wayback dolphin islander/ ballyhoo combo. I jumped to the rod and dropped the islander back and got another bill wack and a miss. Dropped it again and then reeled it in fast and got another wack. Dropped it back again and it was fish on!! That beautiful blue marlin came roaring out of the water on a series of jumps and went steaming off away from the boat. Did I mention I was solo!! I reeled in the other 4 trolling lines as line screamed from the reel. It was a 30 Tiagra that I had recently filled with 65lb PowerPro with a 75 yard topshot of 40lb mono. This was the same islander that I had caught the wahoo on and the 200lb leader was chewed up a little. I fought the blue for over an hour, driving the boat, gradually gaining and losing line until I got the fish near the boat. On the first leader grab the fish was still too hot to hold. I couldn't put on gloves, drive the boat, fight the fish and take pictures all at once! Fought the fish to the boat again and leadered it hanging on for dear life. The bill wacked the boat and motor a couple of times while I struggled with the fish. I grabbed the islander and cut the line at the hook. The blue swam away with the pecs lit up. I did get the camera and got some photos. Don't complain about the quality of the pics with one hand on the leader and one hand snapping pictures I am surprised any of them came out. Do you know how hard it is to keep a five line trolling spread clean in scattered weeds? Next time someone invites you, go!!
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Wish I lived close by...I would jump at a trip to the rigs...only get down there in august for a month though....maybe we need to change that! You did a great job doing everything. Congrats!! Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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I wish I'd seen your post looking for someone to go!
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wow I bet you were BUSY! What boat were you in, We have some of the same pictures!! Great Pictures and post Thanks.
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Crazy trip solo but congrats on the results. 2 billfish is nothing short of amazing solo. Glad you got back in one piece.
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That is awesome!!! Thanks for the report!
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.....What boat were you in, We have some of the same pictures!! .....
Ruttt Rowww....what's that mean??
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Awesome! I do the same thing. People say it is crazy, but when I have the chance to go I go. Congrats.
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Awesome report
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