Thanks everybody, I really appreciate the many congratulations from everyone, I've read this post already a million times to relive it over and over; it gets better every time.
I went 2 years without seeing a BFT due to fishing weirdness. This summer has been one of redemption: caught what I thought would be my personal best for awhile at 52# in July on the Pacifica, only to top it a couple months later. Gotta keep the dream alive, you never know!
Thanks again BD, I truly couldn't have done this without all the tips and experience that seep through everyone's posts. This site is a therapy session as well as a wealth of knowledge. Calm seas and tight lines everybody.