Thanks for the post Mikey! Man what a great trip! Carter, Wes and Tim are great guys! We had a blast.
Our goal this trip was to catch daytime swordfish on Shimano Stellas ( Spinning reels) and we were lucky enough to make it happen...a few times. We had 13 shots at swordfish the first day and most were small fish the next day we went on the hunt for bigger swords and on our second stop we found them. We did have one swordfish come up after long fight tail wrapped so she was brought onboard and iced down after pictures. It was a nice 80 incher Carter is having Swordfish Bill Artist Dan Matthews do his magic on the bill also. Shimano sponsored this trip and all the tackle was sent with some new stuff to try out as well. We caught swords on Talicas, Stellas and their new electric reel that will be on the market soon. We used all Shimano rod and reels this trip. All the tackle seemed to hold up well.
The Stella reel is a beast. I got together with Rick and designed a Reel Crankie for the Stella a few weeks ago that will be on the market soon. The new Reel Crankie worked great on the Stella and it fits the 20000 and the 30000 we fished the 20000 this trip!
We bounced around testing tackle on grouper, tilefish and swordfish. We did get a chance to catch a few wahoo, mahi, yellow fin and black fin tuna. All and all it was a great trip with some great folks! We are very proud to get the chance to be part of Carter Andrews great show and look forward to seeing it our selves! Ill find out when it will be aired from Carter and post it up... Thanks again for posting Mikey.. Here are a few pictures from the trip Ill post more later!
Brett Holden/ Capt. Ahab