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Old 06-24-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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Went to Navarre Beach this morning for kings to take over to a coworker's house to cook up while putting a new metal roof on. Once I hit the water I couldn't find any bait, so very very small frozen cigs it was. Hooked in to a barely legal king (26") right off and spent the rest of what little time I had trolling to a small ledge (65'-85'). Once at the ledge I ran in to a 10-12' Hammer that wouldn't leave me alone, just continued to circle the yak uncomfortably close. Not action till I turned and started to head back in where this guy slammed my light(er) of the 2 setups in 45-50' of water.

Got some amazing jumps out of him. Took 31 minutes to get him in and that's when I noticed the hook placements and had to get them out to enable it to open it's mouth (treble in the mouth and 1 basically between the eyes, king fishing rig with stinger). Once I got the hooks out I quickly snapped a pic/measured (75" lower jaw to fork) and got him back in the water.... that's when I realized my "friend" Mr. Hammerhead was back. I quickly threw some cigs in front of the hammer, along with the king I had previously caught while the sail was resting with my assistance. Watched him swim off strong while the hammer was still busy with the meals I was feeding him.
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What a beauty ! Congrats on this great catch and good job on the release!
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:40 PM   #3
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Coworker was a little bummed that I "sacrificed" her king, but she understands haha
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That's a stud sail! I'd put it on the wall. Congrats
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:05 PM   #5
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That's a stud sail! I'd put it on the wall. Congrats
I *almost* kept it due to the hammer circling the yak and not wanting to just drop the sail in the water and jet w/out making sure he had recovered.
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I meant replica. haha
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:26 PM   #7
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I know what you meant :P I was just stating that I almost kept him because I would have rather ate it than the hammer eating it. All worked out though
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Awesome catch, congrats and great job on the safe release. Curious how you measure something that long solo in a yak? I struggle with anything over 35 inches much less over 6 feet and a pointy bill.

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Man, that is a beauty! Good report too...felt like I was there with that hammerhead trying to take your prize

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Old 06-24-2016, 06:16 PM   #10
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Awesome catch, and even better work taking care to release the fish and give it a chance to be caught again. Well done!
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