Wanna play football…Islamorada-Style?
Islamorada-style football is a bit different than it is in most places. When you mention football here we’re usually referring to school-sized blackfin tuna. And that’s precisely what the Shipman family, from upstate New York found today.
The wind was forecast to finally let up by 8:00 am. But as I always say, politicians and weathermen are the only people who can make a living out of lying to you. As we passed Aligator Reef lighthouse the seas began stacking up. The wind was still blowing a stiff 15-20 mph out of the south. Seas off the deep end of the reef were 4-6 feet. This was decidedly NOT the forecasted 2-3 foot seas.
As we passed the 230′ depth we began seeing birds diving on scattered weed. A few minutes later I had the trolling spread set and it didn’t take long for one of the right rigger to go off. A bonito would be our first guest of honor. Minutes later a blackfin tuna took one of the feathers. These Lit blackfins were ravenous. They ate everything. Feathers, rigged ballyhoo…didn’t seem to matter.
They were a lot of fun on the Avet SXJ reels. These are the smallest model Avet offers. And they’re perfect for these school-sized tuna.
The unrelenting weather however was beginning to take its toll on a couple members of the crew. And after we boxed our seventh tuna they decided we needed to head for calmer waters.
Instead of ending the trip early however I offered them an opportunity to fish inshore. And they bit on that idea without hesitation.
With the crew fully recovered we made a couple moves and finally hit paydirt with a 200+ pound shark that the men teamed up to catch after a 30 minute battle on 20lb line.
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