Wow! looks like you got a tussle, several times, some, real fun!Had a new friend try some reapers out down in La Ribera, Baja California Sur...
Pretty crazy stuff he sent me back! First try with the lightning ham and a freakin beast of a amberjack hooks up. I wish i was there! Super stoked. He launches with his trusty doggo and just messes up the fish on the slow pitch. Give him a look on ig, you won't regret it. @bajaslowpooch
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That result your friend got is not at all surprising. It would be my first choice there. I fished that area a lot in the 80s and 90s. Sure wish I knew about SPJ in those days. It is a very diverse region that is loaded with big hungry fish if you know where to look.
Early one morning we got into a massive school of spawning Jack Crevalle. There were 10s of thousands of them and we had them all to ourselves. 15# to 30# fish less than a mile off La Ribera. They hit anything that moved. It was too easy. I will never forget that sight as long as I live.
And yes there are some really large AJs around that nobody even bothers targeting. Back in the 80s I got a 66# AJ on a 20# mono spinning set up. Talk about an ass whopping.