As the emperor in the Last Samurai movie asked "tell me how it died" ...line weight, type of bait, dropper loop, ,Carolina rig, rod and reel? Awesome catch need to be memorialized!Launched out of Oceanside 6:30 on Sunday and headed south towards Carlsbad. After short run, I came across a bunch of life and mammals chasing bait. Even picked up a few marks in 80-100 feet, so I decided to make some bait and give it a shot. I started by by making 6 nice baits in only a few minutes and decided to look for a good place to send some lines down.
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Wind was light and current was flowing towards shore, I set lines down in 135 feet of water and within the first 15 mins, the 8 inch sardine I put out was getting picked up. After counting to 3 reels down to set the circle hook and was tight.
Upon driving hook deep, the beast took a long run and short from deep to the surface and back down. after two more lengthy runs, this leviathan emerged next to the boat. A quick gaff and I was left starring in amazement. Not only was this my first legal WSB ever, but it is the one I have been dreaming about and chasing for over 20 years...So stoked.
Now the hard part....what do you think this Tanker weighed? She pegged by 50 pound scale, so all I have to go on is measurements and a freezer full of fish. Here they are: 54 inches long x 32 inch girth... Do you think she is over 60?
My primary fishing buddy who goes with me 90% of the time could not make it so my wife came along for a ride and adds some humor to the moment. Enjoy and tight lines.
65 lb powerpro braid to 25 lb power pro mono to number 1 mustad bait hook with 1/2 oz egg sinker no floro or leader material.As the emperor in the Last Samurai movie asked "tell me how it died" ...line weight, type of bait, dropper loop, ,Carolina rig, rod and reel? Awesome catch need to be memorialized!