sometimes you get the bull...

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sometimes you get the bull...

Postby cletedius » Jul Sun 17, 2016 9:55 am

& sometimes you get the horns...

But Im happy to say that on this particular day, we got the bull, a big bull mahi, that is. Weighed 44.2 at the dock. Watched it regurgitate a few lbs of flying-fish during the 45 minute battle and it spent 5 or 6 hours in a partially-open fishbox, id bet it was closer to 50lbs when it came aboard.
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Found this guy hanging under a tree that probably floated up the gulfstream from south america to about 28 miles offshore of Islamorada.

A fish too big to close the fish-box lid on IS a good problem!
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby Fonzie » Jul Sun 17, 2016 11:30 am

Beautiful fish !
And one of my favorites to eat !

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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby RonG » Jul Sun 17, 2016 11:42 am

Beautiful fish! Strange looking when compared to our boring midwest inland fish, yet very cool looking.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby BassCaster » Jul Sun 17, 2016 1:17 pm

Outstanding. That's a nice one. Dinner is served. :thumbup:

I got one once not that big. She s a beautiful fish massive head.

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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby JasonN » Jul Sun 17, 2016 9:17 pm

That head! Good God what a fish!
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby WaterGuy » Jul Sun 17, 2016 9:26 pm

Geez, What a fish! Really cool to see some ocean fish here.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby catch&release » Jul Tue 19, 2016 11:51 am

pretty cool! is it the picture or do mahis change color dying?
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby cletedius » Jul Tue 19, 2016 7:14 pm

catch&release wrote:pretty cool! is it the picture or do mahis change color dying?


They start to change color as soon as they come in the boat. Anything from a yellow-ish/green to a white-ish/blue. Im guessing <5 minutes between top & bottom pics.They're actually quite chameleon-like in their ability to change/illuminate their colors.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby Handler » Jul Tue 19, 2016 7:38 pm

Amazing fish! Nice when you are on a Charter and things actually work out like they could.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby catchafew » Jul Tue 19, 2016 7:51 pm

Great fish Pat!
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby SpecialEd » Jul Wed 20, 2016 8:37 am

Nice Dodo!
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby cletedius » Jul Wed 20, 2016 8:44 pm

catchafew wrote:Great fish Pat!


Thanks mike, heading that way in a few weeks.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby Zenfish » Jul Thu 21, 2016 3:04 pm

Amazing catch. Must've been tasty.
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Re: sometimes you get the bull...

Postby cyanatic » Aug Wed 03, 2016 3:10 pm

Wow! Beautiful fish and great eating. So nice to see. Reminds me of my San Diego days when we'd go south of the Coronado Islands into Mexican waters. We used to call those expeditions "The Great Kelp Paddy Hunt"...always on the lookout for a likely kelp patch where the bait fish would congregate. Haven't been able to fish the Keys yet, but I'll bet it's beautiful down there.
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