Jun 1, 2008, 4:38 AM
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May 30th, 2008
Big 50+ lb Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin)
This afternoon we headed straight to Lauderdale Marina to buy live goggs. Conditions were perfect to fly the kites. Bryan Boyd and his boys from Virginia had been deep sea fishing off Fort Lauderdale before, but not like they did today. The kites were popped and we had a bottom rod set, too. We got a shark bite and he fell off. An hour had passed and we see this giant bull dolphin hanging out around the boat.
"That's a monster!" Captain David yelled to Captain Paul. The dolphin got hooked on the left long and ate that gogg quicker than Paul could come tight. This dolphin was jumping all over the place, definitley putting on a good show. He was pulling hard too, the Boyd kids kept switching off. After an hour and 30 minutes of fighting the fish on 30 lb tackle with an 80 lb leader, Capt Paul gaffed it and threw it in the boat.
On the troll we got two wahoo bites, but no luck - they threw the leader. We caught 2 lb dolphin and released a barracuda weighing in at about 10 lbs.
We headed back to the dock and Captain Paul called the dolphin 40 - 50 lbs. We took some pictures with the Boyd's and there catch and weighed it with a I.G.F.A. certified scale. The Mahi-Mahi weighed in at 65 lbs! Awesome trip.
Captain David Ide