sails at conch

calm day out front running to the bait patch in the heidi baby

we caught ballyhoo fast that morning

 

we anchored on a patch and made a few quick throws with the ten foot net

 

me and jose

 

our wells were round live wells with good flow great for quick drawing pitch baits for sails

 

zilla “jimmy pull the anchor”

 

i broke the anchor loose and zilla quartered the boat back and pulled it up on the surface 

 

i cleated it off and coiled the rope quick and made my way to the bridge

 

zilla “jimmy we got all the rods”

 

jimmy “yeah everything’s rigged”

 

it was a short ride to conch 

 

and the birds were working

 

jose “look frigate bird”

 

zilla “i see um”

 

sara “hey kiddo”

jimmy “yeah look at those birds”

 

jose “i’m going up in the tower”

 

jimmy “here’s a rod sara”

 

zilla “2 oclock”

 

jose “i got um”

 

zilla “going down on the deck”

 

jose “o yeah they’re diving now”

 

zilla “jimmy you got a rod with a livie?”

 

jimmy “yeah here ya go”

 

zilla “jose how far?”

 

jose “50 yards”

 

zilla “run us up on um”

 

jose brought the birds up to starboard and we made casts

 

the bird kept dipping and flew over us

 

i ran a bait up the left rigger

 

zilla set out the right rigger and sara let out a flat

 

i went for another bait and let out a flat line 

 

jose “jimmy there he is”

 

zilla “let um have it james”

 

jose “ok now hit um”

 

he came right out of the water on the first run and i handed the rod to sara

 

jose “z there’s goes the right rigger”

 

zilla knocked it out of the pin and hooked up

 

we had two on

 

i cleared the rods and we backed up on the fish

 

sara’s fish ran straight back and kept jumping

 

zilla’s fish was to port and went deep at first 

 

jose kept backing down and we got sara’s leader first

 

by now zilla’s fish had made its way to the surface shaking its head out of the water

 

jose “ok jimmy leader him up now”

 

jimmy “almost got um almost got um there he is i got um”

 

jose “nice job man”

 

sara and me got the hook out and made a nice release

 

we dragged the fish quick and let um go and then went after z’s sail

 

we got the leader and eased back and he popped his bill out of the water and i got him

 

we gathered our rods and chilled for a little bit 

 

and we all went up on the bridge

 

the action was good that morning and we saw birds working again

 

this one we hooked right away

 

i made a long cast to the frigate birds and the sail came right up on it

 

jose “there he is jimmy”

 

jimmy “i got um”

 

i bowed up on the fish and fought this one

 

a great fish

 

he came to the surface on the hookup and then ran deep at first

 

we got him back on the surface and got his head out of the water

 

zilla got the leader and jose backed up on him

 

and zilla billed this one

zilla “nice fish jimmy”

 

the fish were 40 to 50 lbs this morning

 

jose invited me up on the bridge to smoke

 

and sara and zilla rinsed the deck 

 

jose “nice fish eh jimmy”

 

jimmy “yeah awesome”

 

there were a few other boats nearby hooking up too

 

and on the next set of birds we saw we raced to and got our baits out first

 

the bite was on 

 

and sara hooked one

 

and the birds were still dipping and we made another cast and had two on

 

zilla “nice work”

 

sara’s fish was tailwalking

 

we landed zilla’s fish first

 

i billed him and we revived him and let him go

 

and then went after sara’s fish

 

the gunwhales are nice on the heidi baby for lying flat and billing fish

 

and jose backed me up and we got the fish

 

zilla “nice work james”

 

sara “yeah way to go”

 

we realeased #5 and headed for the dock

 

flying our release flags

 

(blog in memory of “zilla” capt kerry price)

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