September Mahi, BFT & Sail cont

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September Mahi, BFT & Sail cont

Postby AOKRVs » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:43 am

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This guy did not want to come into the boat, but we finally prevail and get him in for a quick pic. I put the cat in gear and we pull the sail into the current until he is trashing and swims away.
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With our weedline breaking up we headed further south and find a nice patch in 1000’. Got the spread back out and in no time have a double hook up. A good size bull jumps and the fight is on. The cow goes in the box first while Todd tries to wear down the bull. He puts up a good fight, but we finally get him on the gaff and in the box.
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We continued to pick off one at a time and only keeping the bigger ones. With 15 in the box and all but one 30+ we got enough time to make one or two drifts over the sword grounds. Make a couple drifts with one bite no hook ups but we did find a nice canyon for next time.
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Monday was a short day and we set out to make a couple drifts for swords. We passed some weeds in 800 that we would hit on the way back in. Passed in front of this carrier on the way out and while trolling mid-day they came beside us. Sadly, we later heard that one sailor was killed on this training mission.
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Set up on the sword area and made 3 drifts. No hook ups but 1 bite and marked a good ledge that was not on the map. Did pull in one small mahi while drifting but the weeds were scattered causing constant line clearing. With it being a short day we wanted to go back and hit those weeds in 800’.
Trolled skirted hoo, a feather and little chugger. Ran into some decent action in 800 and 650. With plenty in the freezer we only keep two for a fresh dinner. Off to other work – back in two weeks.

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