Thanks JeffCongrats on your battle, you definitely earned that fish!
Thanks Tommy, no real style, just trying to catch with what I got...I like your style!!! Congrats!
Thanks Chuck, yeah I need to get some real two speed reels and save the spectra to use for bottom fishing...Congratulations on your catch- well earned! You will remember it for a long time. Spectra backing allows you to use a top shot of heavier mono. I am not an expert with the Penn Senators, but you may be able to add some drag washers to get a little more drag. But at some point you will reach the strength of your reel's limiting component. And you can't convert it to a two speed reel. Save your money and upgrade your tackle as you can. You should be able to swap your spectra when you do.
Thanks Steve, yup I'd get some 2 speeds in heartbeat but I'm still paying off the boat and then there's the wife....Great job, My first reels were 9/0's. Hooked a marlin on the point and smoked the reel. I went into debt the following day and bought 2 speed gold reels.
Thanks Jason, maybe I need a "Marc" too! Cheaper than a real two speed, right? JK. My younger son was supposed to go with me but couldn't wake up- he's still a little mad at me now....but we still have the rest of the summer so I can get him hooked up to something sooner or later...Chee Hoo! Right on Randy! Well deserved! Been looking for your posts for a while since I got the new boat and missed your post! I had Senators too. Its great to have a Marc to hand line the fish. ( The old school two-speed! ) I wish you many more this season! Hope you son gets to go with you and catch another one.
Thanks and I'm with ya on the arms....Dont under estimate a 9/0 reel my first marlin which was 325lbs was caught on one. I fought it for 2hrs but got it in. And yes my arms felt like falling off for a couple days!
Thanks Bob, no that munchkin is Kai, my youngest. The meat was great, surprisingly enough, except for the area where I got it with the bangstick- I aimed for the head but it kicked at the last second so I nailed it right by the pectoral fin. Still it stopped the fish cold, enough time to get 2 gaffs in it...Congratulations Randy. How was the quality of the meat? Was it burnt or good near the center? I've read some theories that a longer fight/time fish is in the water actually gives you less burning.
Also, is that you (young guy) in the picture?