Blue Marlin off West Palm Beach!
Report Date: July 6, 2007
We were fishing dead sardines on triple hook rig and were catching all the bonitos you'd ever want to. Five minutes left on the charter, this kid hooks another one. After a minute or two the rod tip starts really jerk erratically as if a shark was attacking the bonito. Now line start stripping off the reel at pretty good rate, I thought oh well, here goes another shark. Well the line almost gone from a Saltist 50H with 20lbs Suffix. We start the pursuit and were chasing the beast at 10-12 knots per hour. I said this can't be a shark because this puppy was motoring. About 150 yards away this line is coming to the surface, so we motored towards it as fast as we could just get a look at it. All is could see was a silouette that was dark in color, not brown like a shark. Still unsure we held are composure and continued the pursuit. Anyway the battle went on for 3.5 hours, we'd get a little line back only to loose even more each time. Funny thing is these guys had a flight out of Ft Laud. No jumps but the fish come to the surface and we got the confirmation...BLUE MARLIN! My second one. We could not get her closer than 10-15 feet from the boat but my camera can take shots under water.
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