Bigdo & Diane Get Their "T"

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Bigdog, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Bigdog

    Bigdog Newbie

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    After almost 2 years of slow trolling, drifting and everything else you can think of to get a Thresher Sunday was finally our day! Diane and I had planned on bass fishing Sunday but I got a late report Saturday night about some action on the Threshers So. of Newport so I decided to change plans and give the Thresher fishing one last shot before calling it a season and it paid off big time for us.


    Left Dana Point at 8:00 and made some nice Mack's right out in front of the harbor then headed North. We ran through the regular Thresher grounds off the hospital not seeing much life except for boats so we stuck to the game plan and kept running North along the 100 fathom line looking for signs of life. It was pretty foggy and we could not see land but we were pretty much straight out of Newport when we came up on a school of porpoise and tons of crashing birds in 1,200 feet of green dirty water perfect! so we set out our spread which consisted of 1 pink & white Ballyhood and one Mexican Flag BOM both baited with a live mackerel and ran on the flat line clips. On the outriggers we ran a pink Mann's stick bait and on the other a Rapala CD14 in black and purple.


    With the spread out we proceeded to slow troll at 3.5mph headed toward Newport Buoy 2 we went through tons of bait and crashing birds for awhile then the life seemed to disappear so we made a wide turn and started back So. Just as we finished our turn So. BANG the starboard rigger goes off and all we can hear is ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Yeah we are hooked up!!! this fish took over 300 yards like it was nothing! about 10 minutes into the fight the Thresher jumped and we could see the pink lure in its mouth! well another five minutes and the hook pulls this T was an easy 250# oh well what can you do. Headed back up North a little bit with the same spread out once again we turned back South and BANG! this time the port rigger goes off and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ YEAH! 2 hook ups in one day!


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    Diane on with a freshly hooked T


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    10 minutes in notice the jacket is gone!



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    25 minutes into the fight down to the t-shirt and into the gloves Diane never let up on this fish!

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    Smiles it's now been almost 40 minutes and the T is coming to color and we run through the drill one more time before we have the T at the boat. We have rehearsed this drill a hundred times in preparation of this day and everything went as planned! We got the fish to the side of the boat and took control of the tail and got the tail rope on and tied off. Diane was able to control the tail while I gaffed the fish in the mouth and quickly dispatched the fish by severing the spinal cord the fish was landed without incident.



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    We drug the T behind the boat for a bit just to be sure he was dead! then the fun really started getting this beast on board so we could run home. First we just tried to pull him up and over the stern yeah right! so I got out the block and tackle I had made for this day.


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    This was the ticket once we clipped the block onto the tail rope it was easy for us to pull him right up onto the boat I love it when a plan comes together!



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    We Finally have him aboard!






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    With the shark safely secured we were able to run back to Dana at 30mph no problem.




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    Diane and our 1st T being weighed at the Dana Point fuel dock.



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    We did it! after the MANY hours spent slow trolling we finally have our prize.



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    The tail was way over my head!


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    After all the pictures we headed back outside and staked up our prize. We ended the day with an awesome family BBQ!
     
  2. jscrib

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    Awesome job Dan and Diane!!!:appl:

    J
     
  3. calivera

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    Very nice
     
  4. tylerderdan

    tylerderdan Stay classy San diego

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    Nice job Dan! I know you have been waiting for this for a long time.
     
  5. @-EZ

    @-EZ Fail, try again.

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    Very well done... Congrats. What was the weight?
     
  6. Double Z

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    Outstanding. Yummy eats right there...
     
  7. I'M OFF

    I'M OFF Really off

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    Congrats:appl::appl::appl::appl::appl:,
    good eats for a while now.
     
  8. tsuriya

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    Congrats Team Bigdog. Persistance pays off.
     
  9. Team Ball's Out

    Team Ball's Out Well-Known "Member"

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    NICE JOB I HAVE A VERY EASY WAY TO TO STEAK OUT SHARKS JUST PM ME!
     
  10. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Congrats bro and welcome to the frat !!!!
     
  11. cretin

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    Very cool!!!
     
  12. Bigdog

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    It went 209 pounds
     
  13. fisherbaby

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    damn looks like everyone is getting t sharks right now. Have fun eating that tasty little beast
     
  14. Jason

    Jason I break stuff @ BD Admin

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    That's a nice one!
     
  15. Metal Panga

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    Dan,
    Good job! I hope they start to show up off of San Diego soon.
     
  16. Mark66

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    What he said. :beerbang::beerbang:
     
  17. albaguppy

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    Kick ass Dan
     
  18. Bigdog

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    Thanks Mike the tip paid off BIG TIME :beerbang::beerbang::beerbang: :boobies:
     
  19. Makua

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    Yo Bigdog, this is Makua, the Mako 21' parked next to you. WTG!! Was out trolling around on Sun as well and didn't get a knockdown. At least we know they're there!!

    good job.
     
  20. Bigdog

    Bigdog Newbie

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    Thanks neighbor!
     

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