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I know this is a bass forum and all, but I figured why not post this fishing story so here ya go.....

Yesterday me, my dad, and my little brother went deepsea fishing off the coast of St. Augustine, FL aboard the "Knot Tied Down" charter co, and caught 3 coolers full of great FISH! We were leaving the docks at approx 6:00 AM. We started off trolling in 135' of water, ~35 miles out (it isn't normal to troll that close in.) and suddenly this fish just took that Ballyhoo on the deep line and I was wondering how big this thing is. So as I was fighting it, the guide knew immediatly it was a "40-50 lb Wahoo". Well about 7-8 minutes later, my forearms about to fall off, we got it to the boat and MAN it is HUGE!! :o Turns out it was a lot bigger than 40 lbs weighing in @ 85.8 lbs, 5'10" long and 32" in circumference!!! (YES I'M EVENTUALLY MOUNTING IT!) It is the biggest fish I have ever caught, and probably the biggest Wahoo I'll ever catch in my life..but you never know ;). Also, we caught 2 Mahi, 4 Kings, a couple cudas >:(, that big ol wahoo. When we switched to bottom fishing, we got a ton of Vermillion Snapper, a nice Red Snapper, nice Grouper, a bunch of Triggers, and some Amber Jack. Here are some pics.....

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Strugglin' to hold that monster up!

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Getting it weighed. The Capt. radioed in and there was a nice crowd gathered around the docks and they had the scale down there (they only bring it down for the big fish). Everyone was taking pictures asking me to stand next to it, I felt like a celebrity!

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Yes, I know I'm holding it wrong! Oh well..

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My dad, me, and my brother **nowhere near the amount of fish we caught** ;D

Well, that's my fishing trip story, hope yall enjoyed it. Thanks to Captains Jerry Sr and Jerry Jr on the Knot Tied Down, we had a great time, We will be back.

Thanks again

-Brad

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What a trip!  I'm glad you had a good time with your family.  Deep sea fishing is now on my "to-do" list ;D

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Nice fish, I once caught a forty pound Wahoo while on a Yellowfin charter, which is a catually the biggest fish I have ever caught. Those Wahoos are fun to catch. Looks Like you guy had a great trip.

Big T

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just found another pic of one of the mahi we caught, it's all lit up too.

its on a squid jig thing with ballyhoo on it

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we kept all of the fish except the cudas. of course, we abided by the limit on the fish.  i knew i would love the grouper, mahi, and snapper. turns out i love the wahoo, great tasting fish. all we did was grill it with salt n' pepper and a little butter. then i squeezed some lemon over it and MAN is is good!! not too fishy, but the taste of fish is in there a bit. definatly not like grouper when it comes to taste, but in a good way. overall the wahoo is amazing. but i would have to say the mahi is my all time fav.  :)

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