I took my dad out to 3 milelast night around 6 P.M. and we fished until around midnight. We caught your typical mess of white trout, skip jack, and blue fish. The interesting part was that dad decided to toss out an 8 inch white trout on his Penn 706 with manual pick up and 30 lb test. He rigged in with a 1 ounce egg weight and a 6/0 circle hook. It was in the water about 30 minutes before it bowed over double with screaming drag. It was pulling so hard that it took us both to get it out of the rod holder. Once Dad got the rod in hand he tightened the drag a bit and put some pressure on the fish. Well that just made him mad, and he made a bee line for the bridge went under it and headed left and snap....broke off. Now remember this is not a small rod and reel, it was sporting 30 pound test, and Dad is no stranger to landing BIG fish. Well he re-rigged did everything the same but this time he didn't put the line in the pick up (so we could get the rod out of the holder..Haaa) So this time about 20 minutes later we hear line just peeling off that big Penn, So Dad grabs the rod out of the holder. He puts the line in the pick up and bows up. Once again the drag is just screaming, I swear it looked like a damn tuna or something it was just peeling line like it was nothing. He tightens the drag again puts more pressure on the monster and [email protected]@##$ straight to the bridge again with almost the same result. Well the score is now sea monsters-2 and Dad-0. So he re-rigs yet again and sends another trout out to his doom. This time the rod sits idle for about an hour and a half and we were about to give up when....BAM...line is peeling off the 706 again. This time I am ready so while dad is getting into position I start pulling the anchor. I start the boat and when mr sea monster heads for the bridge, I follow right behind him. Dad tells me that he can feel structure so I zip under the bridge and Dad yells that we are clear of the pilling. Well that was one smart fish cause he turned around and went right back into the bridge this time diagonal through the pilings. So once again snap he broke off. Now any of you guys that read my reports know that I am no stranger to catching bull reds around the bridge, and if these fish were reds they were all 3 world record fish. I really have no idea what it was. It reminded me of the way the tarpon fight on the tv shows I have seen. Apparently the tarpon hang around the bridges in south Florida and when they hook 'em they run under the bridge and break off. well all that seems really familiar, except all the tarpon I have ever seen, or hookedjump. Whatever we were hooking up on last night didn't. anybody got any ideas what it might have been?
Good luck and good fishing.
Good luck and good fishing.