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Old 11-23-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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We made a quick day trip to the rigs on Thursday. The seas were perfect and we had a great crew. We checked several rigs and a drill ship and was like a ghost town with no bait or fish. We only managed a few blackfins on the drillship. We decided to check the Petronius on the way back and we finally found the bait we were looking for. Had good marks but no tuna busting or anything. We made a few drifts and caught 2 sharks. Wasn't looking so good, Set up another drift with some hard tails. Then we get a double hook up and first one to the boat is a 5 ft shark. Everyone is convinced that the second fish will be a shark as well as he has not made a single run more than 75 yards. Drag on the reel is pushed past the strike position and Mike works the fish as much as he can but the fish wont budge with 20 lbs of drag. Eventually Mike tires out and is begging anyone to take the rod from him and bring up the assumed shark. Well I said I would put on my Black Magic fighting belt and take over. So I took over after Mike had done all the dirty work and about 10 minutes later up pops up a stud of a yellowfin. Was a huge surprise and very welcome one. Have been in search of a triple digit yellowfin for a long time.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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Gotta love that Black Magic. Most awesome belt and harness on the market.
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Very nice!
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NICE!!!!! how deep was it?
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Nice fish. Glad you got out while you could.

Petronius holds plenty of nice fish. The bad rep it has is most likely attributed to its "sharkiness". I've caught plenty of nice tunas there as well as bills and wahoo.
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Great report and pics, those smiles say it all!
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Great job guys!
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nice chunk of meat, adam. way to go.

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great job guys, Loruna when you going to do that out of your kayak. Lol
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Were you able to put a scale on that brute? Tuna sandwiches anyone??
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