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Old 12-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Epic Gulf Trip! w/possible Mako visit

It's been a LONG time since I hit the gulf, but looking at the forecast Saturday night today looked pretty good. Honestly, I didn't have great hopes. Maybe some bobos and a shark or a couple of snapper. We headed out in the fog at 8am this morning and decided to fish some of JD's spots. It wasn't long till we got into some bobos. After a couple fun fights, Yakntat hooks up on a King. In December, lol. It wasn't all that big but still a cool catch this time of year. We get to our first bottom spot and start pulling up the Snapper. After a bit, flipper shows up and the bite slows. I drop down one more time and get a ride from a shark. After a 10min fight I get him close to the top for a pic, when out of nowhere comes an eight foot long blue beast. He came right at the yak and the shark I had hooked. I cut the line right away but the big shark kept hanging around me. Now, I'm not normally scared of sharks swimming around us, but this guy gave me the creeps. He was THICK and being blue in color just gave me a bad feeling. Yakntat stuck his gopro down to get some footage. It wasn't much but looking at it I think it was definitely a Mako.

So, after that fun we decided to move on to another honey hole. It was loaded. All said and done, we ended the day with nearly 30 Snapper, 8 Sharks, 5 Bonita, 5 Flounder, 1 Trigger and 1 King.
Flounder dinner FTW!



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Old 12-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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yep, thats a Mako.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Yep, the keel at the caudal peduncle doesn't lie, that would be a Mako. Great report and now I want to come ove that way and do some sharkin from the yak
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Chris, did you just say caudal peduncle? This is a family forum.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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I'm sorry TF, I forgot! I should have said "riiight dare in front of dat big ole tail"

Those are very nice flounder by the way
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That may have cut my trip short. Looks like you guys had a good day
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How prevalent are Makos around here? Seen and caught a lot of sharks this year, but seeing this guy was a first.
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Awesome!
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Man I need to get out. Its been about a whole MONTH since Ive yaked the Gulf, did a bit of spear fishing last week from the yak but the sheeps arent too thick around here yet.

Mako for sure, I would have tried to catch it, I hear they jump like crazy and are the best eating shark. I saw a BIG mako on one of my first solo Gulf trips last spring, he was moving FAST chasing a school of bobos but luckily didnt pay me any attention.

Chris, last time was out I hooked two seven footish tigers and a week or so before that I threw at a hammerhead about that size as well. Looks like the big sharks are here for the winter chasing the rays and bobos.
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Oh and Rob, what size jig were you using?
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