Long left kite!!! There he is – Screaming off line, heading south, the Sailfish came out of the water doing a 360 and started charging the boat. As he was tail walking towards the boat, whitewater was flying. Mrs. Sherry Comer from Michigan was taking pictures of her husband, Terry, as he was hooked up with his first Sailfish. All of a sudden the line went slack. I looked down as everybody was looking up at me, and all I could say was, “Oh well, he got off.”
One of the methods we use to hook up Sailfish and other species is flying kites. This method is very productive. Our live baits are suspended from the kite from release pins. Once the bait is taken, the line releases from the clip on the kite line and the angler now has total control of the situation. For live bait, we use Goggle Eyes, Mullets, Bonitas, Blue Runners and, Tinker Mackerels.
After our first Sailfish swam away with a smile on his face, we set up again to do our deep sea fishing off of South Florida at the sea buoy in Ft. Lauderdale in 180 ft. of water. The condition of the water went from a clean, blue to a deep purple. A professional fisherman knows that this is the avenue predators travel down. Whenever there is a color change of any degree, it is a favorable area for fish to migrate in, therefore, present your baits on either side of the color change. No matter what the depth of water is (from 100 to 500 ft), it is very desirable to fish in
Sitting there waiting for our next hook up, we were discussing the power of the Sailfish and the strength it takes for him to walk on its tail a good minute and a half showing his neon colors as it flashes from side to side, and the thrill of seeing this predator out of the water. Not too long after that I yelled down to Mitch, “he is on the right short – no he is on the left short – no, it is a double header, one Sailfish on each side.” The fire drill began. Two Sailfish doing their acrobat, one line going over the other line and both anglers with smiles on their faces. One fish spit the hook, but Terry’s Sailfish was still hooked up. The Sailfish settled down, Terry, the angler doing an excellent job of fighting the fish.
It was funny how this charter trip came about. Sherry got in touch with us to charter the boat for her husband. She said she wanted this to be a total surprise for Terry, since he is very stressed out in his job, and she wanted him to have a few hours of stress free time. Never meeting these people before, I said, “Well, when you come to the boat, how do you want me to handle it.” Sherry said, “I am going to wink at you and tell you I lost my phone, then you suggest to board your boat and see if it is there.” She never was on the boat before - no reason for her to look for her phone on the boat, but it worked. As the two got on board, Terry looking at Sherry with a quizzical look on his face, I told Mitch, “Untie the line and let’s go fishing!” I turned to Terry and said, “This is what happens when you have stress – you have to go fishing to relieve it” and off we went to do some deep sea fishing in South Florida, Ft. Lauderdale.
The fish now was getting close to the boat, but decided he did not like the boat and started tail walking away from us, putting another spectacular show. I estimated the fish to be a full grown Sailfish – somewhere around 50-55lbs. After settling down again, we backed down on the fish, and I yelled down, “Get ready, this is going to be your shot.” As Mitch leaned over the side grabbing him by his bill and putting him on the boat, I yelled down, “Take your pictures now.” Mitch put the fish back in the water and the happy Sailfish swam away.
We headed back from our 4 hour deep sea fishing charter trip to the dock at Bahia Mar, in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale. This ends another successful and adventurous fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak.
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