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Old 09-27-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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We ran out towards that little blue push around the nipple on Friday, lines in before 7am. Fliers everywhere 300-500' but not so many deeper, didn't mark any bait schools on the sonar all day. We had three hits in the morning, two billfish that popped the outriggers and I free spooled but we never connected, and one wahoo that cut the ballyhoo right at the hook bend on a planer bait.
Finally at 2pm on our way back north from the elbow we had a sailfish going ballistic on the port rigger, with only two of us on board I started clearing lines while ash fought the fish. As I started the shotgun it got nailed! Double hookup sailfish! Total fire drill as I still had to get gloves, camera, move the rods to the bow, drive the boat... I put my rod in a stern rod holder and would just watch it and stay tight when needed. Took some pics and we got a clean release on the boats first sailfish! Then I reeled mine in without much fight (small fish on a 50wide) and we got a clean healthy release on our second! That's an unforgettable thing when you do everything right and get an amazing aerial show from the fish. We pulled baits north for another hour with nothing so we picked up got some snapper and came home. Smooth day no bad weather, cold beers and two billfish plus a quick snapper limit on the little sea hunt. I am still smiling.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:47 AM   #2
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Another pic.
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Congrats! That's a trip of a lifetime no matter what boat you're on. Define little. How big is your sea hunt?
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Congrats on the double. Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:58 PM   #5
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That's amazing, way to go capt!
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Lots of sails right now it sounds like. Good job!
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:30 PM   #7
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awesome pictures
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Great Pics & Trip!
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wow!! awesome job on the sails!!!! great pics!
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great job and beautiful pics.
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