Originally posted by: Frogfish on 9/13/2007 5:17:53 PM
I have a couple stories. I was fishing Ft. Myers Beach, FL , off an abandoned restaurant that's over the water. It's a fish HOTSPOT, so I was fishing when the tide was going out. I dropped a live shrimp, and something too it before it even hit the bottom! Line started peeling out of the open bail, but I closed it and the fight was on! I managed to get it out and away from the pillings, but it made one last dash into the pillings, and cut the line on the razor-sharp barnacles. A local watched me fight, and decribed it either as a manostrous Crevalle jack, or a tarpon! We never did see that fish.
My other story came from fishing the PM river a few years back. I was out around 4 AM fishing a "secret" hole that I share with a friend who lives up there. We were both fishing, and my drift stopped. I set the hook onto a MONSTROUS king! The fish jumped in the darkness, and by the sounds of the splashes, it was HUGE! It made a peeling run, then turned back towards me. As it swam by, it swam through a shallow area where my headlamp shone it. It WAS huge! It the upper 30s! It dissappeared downstream, and ater about 30 seconds, my line went limped. My fly hook was bent straight.