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Old 09-02-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default MSviking MBGFC Labor Day

Due to college schedules and life my normal crew (my girls, my nephew, brother etc) were not onboard. But being the last event of the season there was no way we were going to miss it. As always MBGFC puts on an awesome event! Good friends, awesome food and great prizes make for an outstanding event.

The weather forecast had us concerned as well as causing a significant number of boats to drop out, but we were committed. As it turned out the weather was not that bad at all, but you never really know so always best to stay in if you are in doubt.

Based on a variety of factors, Hiltons, recent reports, weather etc… we made the decision to stay close and concentrate in and around the nipple as the fishing has been excellent there this year.

We spent the day concentrating on the shallow side of the 100 fathom curve along the nipple. We were marking large bait balls in the 350-500’ range. This is where we focused. We jumped off a white early Saturday morning on my favorite Black Bart Hot Breakfast, which got us pumped up.

Later in the day we had a first happen to us, we were spooled by a blue marlin on 50# mono. It was due both to our errors as well as a fish that was hell bent on not getting caught. I have never seen a marlin run so hard, so fast straight away from a boat. She stayed on the surface for maybe half the run so it was quite a show. In less time than it took for us to clear lines 700 yards of mono was gone! Then pop! It happened amazingly fast. In hind sight I should have realized just how fast the fish was dumping the reel and made a U turn on her rather waiting to back down. I will know better next time!

We spent Saturday night bouncing around under a sea anchor at the nipple.

Sunday morning me 17 year old niece Sydney caught and released a small white marlin on the long rigger Black Bart mini 1656. That was it for us on Sunday, but I did give out 6 confirmation numbers (we were a committee boat) on Sunday. The bite was definitely hotter on Sunday than Saturday.

Overall we had a great time, sad that it brings with it the end of tournament season for the year. Already mentally planning for next season!!

If you can get out to the nipple / elbow area anytime soon, get out there as the water and blue and marlin are snapping!

Sorry for lack of pics with a short crew everyone was too busy to be taking many action pics!

Sunup on way out

Water color at the nipple

One of the few pics we took of Sydney's white

Sydney and dolphins

Sunset on way in

Brief video of Sydney's white
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Nice report Robert

We bailed out in the tourney not due to weather but no real crew , so we left Thursday night and fun fished till sat night.

Went to the weight ins sat night which was pretty fun

Sure wish I had a crew to fish it :-(

Good for you for making it happen
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:01 PM   #3
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Now that's fishing!!!! how big do you suppose the Marlin that spooled you do you think?
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Great report!!!!
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Wow, getting spooled like that on a Marlin will have you thinking "what if" for a long time, perhaps until next Memorial Day! As usual, thanks for the keen report. That pic of blue water says it all.

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Old 09-02-2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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Great report. It sucks, getting spooled. It always results in the loss of a great lure as well as a great fish. Anytime it looks like we are going to get spooled, we clear one side and spin without worrying about what is still out there. Works great. Plenty of time to get the rest in then.
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Nice report. Congrats to Sydney on the white!
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Congrats to the winners! BTW, the MBGFC gave out 5-6 DJI Phantom drones. I just lost mine last week. If you won one and might want to sell it please contact me. Message me.
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Great report Robert! Glad to see that teaser I let you borrow worked as well!
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:47 AM   #10
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Congrats on the white! We were at the nipple also. We had a knock down early Saturday and a white that came up behind a daisy chain but would not bite. The only thing we caught was a 25# YFT.

Were you able to get your boat into the waves Saturday night? We wallowed all night with the wind/waves from the south and the eastward current.
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