Last memorial weekend I had the opportunity to take out two great families fishing. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. There was hardly any clouds in the sky and the winds were no more than five miles per hour. We saw sharks, dolphin and sea turtles. Everyone got a very nice tan! Both charters caught a lot of fish and both were able to catch a nice sized king fish.
The highlight of the trip came around 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The family was ready to go in but the dad was begging for just a few more minutes. The family understood so dinner and video games were going to have to wait a little longer. We were flat lining a blue runner while we were hammering grey snapper over a spot I call “Easter” about 17 miles offshore. The First Mate started reeling in the bait to re-cast because it was too close to the boat when all of a sudden the fish struck! All you could hear was the sound of screaming drag! The little boy ran to get the pole and I told him this is a little too big for him (he had already landed a nice 12 pound king) and handed the pole to his dad.
This fish would not stop running! The spool of line kept getting thinner and thinner, he was an experience cat fisherman and handled the rod like an expert. Well after the fish went around anchors, poles and the boat at least three times we finally got to see this fish. While I knew it was big I had no idea it was this big! Due to the size it took first mate Ty three times to get a good gaff in the fish. We finally pulled it aboard, the shouting of joy finally erupted. It was a king fish 47.6 inches long; girth 28.2 inches and weighed 43.6 pounds! A record catch!