The wife and I left Aransas Pass Sunday morning headed for Big Southern. A pretty long ride but she had never been in deeper water than 100 feet so I wanted to take her out there to 250 feet of water since we had such a nice weather/seas day. After about 5 minutes of lines in the water, my wife's 20 pound setup which was fishing on the top (no weight) with a sardine began to shake and the drag was singing. After 35 minutes she gave up saying she couldn't fight the fish anymore, I fought it for another 15 and finally got it boat-side. We sunk a gaff in but I couldn't lift it into the boat (too heavy) so we put another gaff in and both of us pulled it in. This was the first Wahoo that had been landed in my boat. The fish bottomed my 50 pound fish scale without getting the whole fish off the deck. By the time I took the pic, most of the stripes had faded. The rest of the day was the usual Kings and some really fiesty Bonito. At the boat ramp, the game warden measured the fish at 66 inches. That's definitely a new all species boat record, and we ate some of that excellent white meat Sunday night. Congrats to the wife, a 50+ pound 'Hoo on 20 pound tackle until she couldn't hold up the rod anymore.
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