First off there is more bait out of POC than i have ever seen. schools in open water, tons of flyers, and the rigs are covered up. This was truly an epic trip witht the best eating fish in the gulf fallin victim.
We left the doc around 4:30 in strong storms but they let up around 6 miles out. Our plan was to head straight to the secret swordin spot. We arrived right at dusk and put our spread out. It was weird because there was a current rip, and a weedline on top of our spot. We waited and waited till around 2:30am with nothing, the hopes were fading fast. Me and wacker decide to make the call and head further offshore in search of good water. We arrive around 330am and get the spread out. I decide to lay in the cabin for afew when Jim yells swordfish. I jump up and head out only to miss the purple gladiator on the surface. We wait and start to think it was a mako, then 15 mins later the middle line starts to move. Jim grabs the rod and reels, nothing there but i see the disco light around 150 ft off the transom, I knew he was hooked. Finally come tight and then he starts the first run and almost dumps the TLD 50. Jim cranks in about 300yards of line, and i am finally in my harness ready for along batttle. I get strapped in and start short stroking. The fish had fouled the deep line and it was a mess. Jim gets it untagled and 15 mins later before we know it it is right next to the boat. Jim slams a big gaff in him, and then a hand gaff to the dome. Craig puts on the gloves and grabs the bill. I then get the bat and beat his head till i cant no more he is dead now. I think the gaff to the brain did him in. Cheers and yells are all around as we hoist the nice 58" LJF fatty in the boat. Not the biggest but around 90#s. And it is a sword.
WE get setup again and stay untill dayulight with no more hits. We head in towards falcon for some tuna and find the pretties weed patch and line you have ever seen. Primo cobalt blue water in around 1200 ft of water. found the chickens but they didnt want to play, no big dorados, so we left. I am 100 percent positive there was a blue marlin on it, but we neeed more fish for the box so we went to falcon. Say amillion birds and a sportfisher picked up a few BFT. We trolled for about 45 mins and then boat about a 20# wahoo. Troll alittle more with nada.
We decide to head in in search of snapper, We had sabikid up around 25 greenback mackeral that were going to be used for dorado and snapper. We get to the snapper place and i drop down the livie, nothing for a few minutes. Jim and craig drop jigs and it is instant. I switch to jigs and it was instant. We boated a 41# ling, big African Pompano, our limit of snapper, and strawberry grouper. Hell of a trip as we head in.