GETTING SMOKED BY THE KING
Livebaiting Spring Kingfish: It Doesnít Get Any Better Than This!
Jim picked up the rod and smiled
in disbelief as line melted off the reel.
by Capt. Jon West
let him run," I told Jim. "Just let him do his thing. If he turns around, reel
as fast as you can."
fish is an easy 40," I remember yelling, as I ran to the bow, untied the anchor
rope (it was tied to a throw jug) and threw the jug over. I started the boat and
we chased after Jimís fish. It was still taking line as I goosed the throttle
The fish ran a good 350
yards before slowing down. Jim calmly worked the fish toward the boat with long
pumps and winds. It was give and take. Every time it seemed like we were gaining,
the fish exploded on another short run. After 15 minutes of back and forth, back
and forth, the fish was boatside.
It was the king of a lifetime.
Definitely a 40-plus, maybe even 48 or 49 pounds. I gaffed the giant fish and
with two hands, pulled it aboard.
One bait, one bite, one
The couple was stoked. Jim
was shaking with excitement.
"What a fish, what an incredible,
incredible fish," he kept saying, shaking his head back and forth. He couldnít
close the fish box. He just stared at
the bright silver fish in all its glory, reached in the food cooler and cracked
an ice cold one.
"Itís happy hour somewhere,"
"For sure," I replied, shaking
his hand one more time as I readied another rod.
"Now itís your turn, honey,"
he told his wife.
"I don't know," said Virginia,
biting her lip, "that was pretty crazy. I don't know if I can handle catching
a fish that big."
"Ahhhh, the ladies ALWAYS
catch the bigger fish," I said. "It happens every time."
I didnít lie. Jimís fish
was 47 pounds. She caught his bigger sister, a 51 pounder.
big fish bites go, we ended up with an incredible day. Six fish over 25 pounds
and six other fish on that either pulled the hooks or bit through the wire. And
we never wandered more than a mile from the beach.
And then there was the smoked
fish spread at the captainís party the next day.
But thatís another story
Come on down to the west
central Gulf region and check out a little livebait kingfishing. It will be a
day you wonít soon forget.
Ė Capt. Jon West (813) 545-1692
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