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Old 10-13-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Seems like forever since we fished, so Marlana decided we should head south for our 12th wedding anniversary. We decided to head south to see if we could tag a few swords, and eased out at 9 kts ending up at the sword grounds around 2200.

The moon lit up the seas like a giant spot light, and I wondered if the fish were feeding. Shortly thereafter, we had our first bite. The fish barely pulled any drag, so Marlana wasn't interested. I actually got to catch a fish!! Well, turned out to be the smallest swordfish we have ever caught...probably around 30#. We snapped a quick pic, and sent it back to the deep. Beautiful little fella!

A little while later, we had a decent fish on, and Marlana settled into the fight. About 30" later, we released another fish around 60-70#. This fish was right around 47" ljfl.

The seas picked up a bit, and we were now drifting pretty quickly in the 2-3 ft rollers with 15 kts winds. I added some heavier weights to the baits, and was able to keep them vertical. Around 0545, Marlana straps into fish #3. Shortly thereafter, (before I could get the other lines in) the other deep rod goes crazy. I work on that fish for a while, and get it pretty close to the boat when Marlana says, " come wire my fish." I weighed my options, but decided to focus on her fish for a healthy release. I backed off the drag on my fish, and proceeded to release her 90# fish. (Sorry no pics of this one...no time).

Just as I return to my fish, I realize the fish has gotten tangled in the running gear. I did my best to free her, and actually got her loose. A few minutes later....pow..line breaks where it had chaffed. Oh well, we lost the biggest fish, but 3/4 ain't too shabby.

The next day, Marlana says, " look at that cloud...it looks like a billfish....must be good luck." About 5 minutes later we had whitey on. We fought the fish close to the boat, when the hook pulled...so close, yet no catch!!

Trolled our asses off, with only one more whitey knock down...didn't find the hooks. 0/2 on whiteys.

We did run down to the new rig SE of DN, just to check it out. Started trolling, when they told us to stay clear, they were transferring fuel. We didn't really care, as we didn't feel like tuna fishing anyways. It was fun to see.

Eased up to steps, then elbow, then nipple. NADA. One measley Mahi. Ran home in beautiful following seas.

Great anniversary. Wouldn't want to spend it any other way...except fighting a few more billfish!! Tight lines.

Dave.

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Heading back to the deep!


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Little fella!
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Three swords of any size makes a great trip! Thanks for another great report
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Nice report. And happy anniversary to the both of you!
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:22 PM   #4
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Congrats on your trip and your anniversary! Great report. I was starting to worry when I saw your slip empty so long. Lol
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3-4 ain't shabby at all. Congrats ya'll!
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Always enjoy your reports. Congrats to the two of you.
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awesome report and happy anniversary!!!
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You guys have them dialed in. Nicely done.


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Old 10-13-2014, 06:25 PM   #9
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We could hear the chatter on the radio. Glad you got what you went for..!
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #10
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Rig SE of DN? Do tell.
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