We left Pensacola around 8AM on 10/29 and ran to the edge. We trolled west along the Elbow in clean water 78 degrees very few flying fish some weed trolling Islanders, squid strings, wahoo lures. One smack, dropback and pickup and then nothing. Drove to Marlin arriving an hour before sunset. Marked alot of bait on one corner of the rig. First fish was a tiny blackfin. Fished live bait and jigs until midnight catching as many blackfin as we wanted to carry or clean. We left to swordfish until an hour before dawn. At 4 AM we all popped up when the light drag clicked off. Grabbed the rod and waited for the pickup but when it came it didn't stick. Fished the MP's for amberjack and were sharked to death. Bottom fished our way back towards Pensacola. We picked up an amazing fish. It was hooked under the chin with one swinging jig hook on a Shimano Flatfall Jig that dropped out when the fish was on the deck. It weighed 42+ pounds on the scale. The Alabama State Record is 39lbs 7oz caught on 9/19/89!! The Florida State Record is 50lbs 8oz caught on 4/21/90. It is also the worldwide IFGA record.
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