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Old 06-03-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default Wed AM trolling in the GOM

On Wednesday morning we put in on a beach in Walton County a bit before 6AM, took out at 8:30 AM. We trolled frozen cigar minnows with dusters and I also pulled a large RatlTrap. There was no bait to be found, no birds, no waves either though. In 2.5 hours we saw several sea turtles, one large shark on the bottom, I saw a large shark jump completely out of the water (even from several hundred yards away I was stunned), and I had one hook up. My rod bent over and I nervously held it as line stripped off, a whole whole lot of line. Everyone says to use a "light drag", but I'm not sure what that really means. After a valiant first run and rapid surrender I secured the king on my hawaiin gaff. I bled him, iced him heavily, cut out the blood lines and red meat, brined and smoked it. The meat tastes fine if you do that, by the way.
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:17 PM   #2
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Nice fish...Hawaiian gaff is the only way to go in a kayak.

I'm in the military and flew today out over your way around the gulf and I can tell you from a birds eye there was quite a few sharks out and about. Also saw several turtles and rays and what looked like a small school of maybe cobia...June grass seemed to be in full effect as well

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Great pics. Congrats on the nice King.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:38 AM   #4
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Nice to see you didn't get skunked on your trip. That's a nice king you caught.

Thanks for sharing.
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Nice king, great pics and awesome job!
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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Nice fish...Hawaiian gaff is the only way to go in a kayak.

I'm in the military and flew today out over your way around the gulf and I can tell you from a birds eye there was quite a few sharks out and about. Also saw several turtles and rays and what looked like a small school of maybe cobia...June grass seemed to be in full effect as well

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See if you can get some pics of the birds eye shark view and post them.. Bet it would look cool if the camera can capture them
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I only took some video this last trip and you can't really see anything down in the water, only people and kayaks and everything on top. Maybe still shot would be able to see those big shadows swimming right next to the tourists haha. I'll try and remember next time

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Old 06-07-2016, 11:54 AM   #8
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They make polarizing filters for cameras that cut through surface glare, its a great way to improve your photos on the water, they make the photo darker, but there is plenty of light out there usually so its worth it to get better color saturation and no glare or haze
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