ANOTHER EPIC NC TRIP WITH A SPECIAL CATCH

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by gman, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. gman

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    ONE DAY - SMALL GROUP

    I have to say i have been to a lot of these but this one was special, I finally got to fish with one of my best friends ... Andy plus I got to meet Topper, Dan and Pete all first times.I fished with Andy and Topper so I am writing this report from our persepective. Other please feel free to chime in.

    Topper and Andy, it was my pleasure to fish with you both, I enjoyed our time and you did amazing for first time amberjack jiggers. Congrats Andy you are a hell of an angler and that was a slob you caught Saturday
     
  2. gman

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    Well we all met out and had drinks friday night which was fun as most of us met for the first time. Not a late night but definately a fun night

    ***If you are in Wilmington and you dont eat at Terrazzo's you are just a stupid ass, they have the best food down there and have excellent service not to mention eye candy for you single guys

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  3. gman

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    Well this strip was special in many ways, I finally got to fish with one of my best friends PLUS I succesfully landed something I never did before on a jig. These two pictures are a good indication on the rest of the report

    ENJOY ... Hardcore baby if it doesnt hurt your not doing it right!!!!

    slob amberjack

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  4. gman

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    Ok we all met as usual at 5:30 am ready to go the water was flat calm and we were ready to go. Personally I was excited to really get to use the final production rod of the 10000X and the Black Monstro. I fell in love with the Ocean Revolution 10000X, I can honestly say its my favorite jigging rod of all time. I was impressed with its power and bend.

    Boat 1: Glenn, Chip, Andy, Topper
    Boat 2: Sami, Dan, Pete and AL

    We made quick time top our first stop because of the ocean conditions and got ready to roll. On our boat the first drops were really frustrating ones. I immediately was bitten of like 3 times in a row and continued losing like 12 jigs. I boated the first fish which was a Huge albie followed by several ASSACO Jacks LOL

    Today was cutoff central ... sharks and King Macs just cut us off all day.

    Then it was Kingfish central and thats where Topper (Mac Daddy) took over boating several decent sized Macs in short time. Meanwhile Andy had his technique down and started hammering away at the fish

    These two guys did great for the first trip. We couldnt find the amberjacks until about 1pm and then all hell broke loose. We started bailing fish at an epic rate

    Andy broke the small fish curse by landing a slob Amberjack in the 85 pound range followed by several from Topper, chip and myself. All fish in the 52" range but SUPER FAT.

    I then proceeded to fight what I thought was a shark but ended up being the largest Amberjack of the trip which was in the 100 pound class. The fish wasnt long but its girth was almost 40" round

    This wasn't a normal trip but the variety was amazing, Topper was on fire catching king macs, blackfin tuna on topwater, grouper and amberjacks. Andy did great as well catching Albies, and big amberjacks. Me I got very lucky on this trip catching some pigs and a special friend who should shut some critics up about catching big fish on spinning gear ... only joking!!!

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  5. LEXPRO

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    Great report!..
     
  6. gman

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    Somedays its better to be lucky than to have skill

    Im pretty beat at this point, I just landed some quality 50" fish but I drop down immediately and as soon as I hit bottoma nd retrieve several times I get slammed. As a normal large amberjack will do it sits a second and then takes off but teh run was pretty long.

    I settle in and start gaining but after I gain, it takes away. Basically its a give an take battle but I'm not gaining much. Chips circling the boat and Im starting to think I have a record fish. Chip tells me he has deep color but Im looking at my half empty fish and wondering how. He tells me whatever it is its frigging huge.

    I battle this beast for about 30 minutes withe th Ocean Revolution 1000X and a stella 20000PG. Finally we get to see what it is and its a huge shark. I mean big as in over 400 pounds. The things is as thick as could be and the jig is stuck perfectly in the corner of its jaw

    Mind you Im using 130 leader but it still doesnt break. At this point all I want to do is land the frigging thing so I can say I've successfully jigged and landed a large shark. We get leader, chip pulls her alongside and after some pictures she didnt want o stay so she dove down deep and I need to gain about 100 yards again. Finally I get her along side us and she is every inch of 10' and 400 pounds.

    Chip gently grabs the leader tells me he is going to break her lose and he breaks the leader and we watch her swim away clean ... but with my SL jig attached unfortunately. High Fives around and we go back to jigging

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  7. jig

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    Okay, so what is the deal with licking the eyes?

    Great catch on the shark.
     
  8. gman

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    Biggest of trip with almost a 40" girth in the 100 pound class

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    and I even managed to jig conventional and land a fish LMFAO

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  9. gman

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    Okay, so what is the deal with licking the eyes?

    Great catch on the shark.


    I dont know I started this stupid licking the eye thing 4 trips ago and it stuck, we all do it except this trip I started a new one. I bit them an left teeth marks. Im frigging weird. dont know how else to explain it. I talk dirty to them, I lick them, now I bite them, I even humped a couple
     
  10. jig

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    Sorry I asked. Don't know if I can take any more advice from a weirdo fish licker. :)

    I think you can go to prison for that in Texas.
     
  11. fathom

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    Nice work guys, Glenn you didn't lick the shark!
     
  12. gman

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    Nice work guys, Glenn you didn't lick the shark!


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  13. HWK

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    Great report !!!!
     
  14. BFTMASTER

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    It's all fun and photos till you lose your tongue to a kingfish. How about ten or so more pics of that whopper AJ?
     
  15. MrBill

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    Looks like you guys had fun. That's what it's all about.
    Those kingfish are jig stealer's. They can be a major PITA in the GOM. Now you know why everyone asks what type of wire leader is best while fishing the GOM. After you lose a bunch of jigs, especially expensive ones, the wire leaders come out. I use a 3' Stainless Steel pc of Piano wire 104# test. You can buy it straight 36" lengths. It's about 100 pcs to a tube. You will catch less fish, but you never lose a jig. I still use the Kevlar assist cord. They will take about two kingfish before they are chewed up.

    Glen, don't worry about the blood war paint and biting of fish. I have a friend that does the same thing with every fish. He just gets so excited he has to face paint everything he kills with blood. :) He gets rather smelly after a while. His sweat will make the blood run on his face and then he licks it off with his tongue. I will say that I have never seen him "Mount" a fish.:eek:

    Did you guys do an overnight trip?
     
  16. gman

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    Glen, don't worry about the blood war paint and biting of fish. I have a friend that does the same thing with every fish. He just gets so excited he has to face paint everything he kills with blood. :) He gets rather smelly after a while. His sweat will make the blood run on his face and then he licks it off with his tongue. I will say that I have never seen him "Mount" a fish.:eek:

    Did you guys do an overnight trip?

    no licking off sweaty blood i generally only do it on teh first fish though, no overnighter we left dock at 5:30 got back 8:30pm chip and rick work hard to find fish and generally will stay out as long as it takes

    I love to fish so i do crazy shit on the water, Its all in fun and I can tell you wee never bored LOL