No, this is pretty damn big!
After too many trips coming back with our coolers empty or no big catches to report, March 3rd turned out to be a huge catch day.
We hit the water at 5am and were trolling 180'-220' watersby 5:30am.. Trolled for about 2-3 hours and all we got was a beat up lure from some big bites, but no fish to show. Round 8am we headed back inland to around 70'-80' waters. Hit a few spots until we stumbled onto the honey hole.
In waters 70-80 feet deep almost straight out the Jupiter inlet we began to get bites. At first just a few munchers. Little guys nippin on the bites. Then **BAM** We had something big pullin on one of the bottom fishin poles. First fish in the boat was a 26" Mutton Snapper. Not even 15 minutes later we had another big hit. This time it was a 25" Mutton Snapper. 2 big Mutton Snappers in 15 minutes.. so far a good day goin.
At this point we had drifted about 100 feet off our original spot. So we moved back over to the hot spot. Got a couple more big bites, but this time they managed to snap the line and get away.
At about 12 noon, the northern sky looked a little dark as clouds began to roll in. This also shifted the winds out the North, kicking up the surf on what was a relatively flat day.
As I and the captain were re-rigging our free line off the stern let out a nice big ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZiiiing!!! The captain dropped his pole and his dykes and grabed the pole. His dykes fell in the ocean and the pole inside, no big deal considering what was to come. The captain grabbed the pole and got the hook firmly set and began to fight.
Captain Danny, told me to switch with him. I was to fight it and he was going to drive the boat. I rode the bow of the boat and made a full circle with the fish on the line. Fought this boy for about 20 minutes. Once he was close enough the captain gaffed him and as the gaff began to break said "HELP!" and I reached over and grabbed the tail and we brought him in. A 5' loing 52lb Smoker King!!!
Last fish of the day with the approaching storm rolling in. Not a bad way to finish.
Last edited by Gdub; 03-05-07 at 05:10 PM.
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