36" ghost! Sketchiest battle of my life! A day i'll never forget. Flashback to the middle of June. Greeted by some calicos at grey light, i noticed a stranger was approaching me with a fishing rod. It turned out to be a familiar face and a good friend. He had a late night fishing and his truck got towed. Before we were going to leave spot 2 I was wading in some reef and I got a monster hit. This beast bulldogs around a bit with some strong head shakes. I thought it was a giant halibut until it took its first death run. In the start of the first run it took my line around a muscle encrusted rock but at the back end of it there was some coral sand stone stuff (same stuff that split off a rock when I got my first staph infection). Acting like a cushion it started grinding away on my 30lb power pro. I started stampeding through the reef and loosened the drag while frantically yelling for Joe as i was ready to swim out to free my line. Terrified that my braid would break at any moment i still had a glimpse of hope as I could see where it was was snagged on this structure. I was baffled and I kept thinking to myself this is the one but there is no way. There must have been at least 150' of line missing off my spool at this point. I tried high sticking my rod and trying to get the best angle possible appearing it wouldn't free and the fish just kept taking line and swimming the wrong direction. Constant grinding for a few mins but I start gaining a tiny line however the fish just keeps heading off shore and down the coast. I decided it's do or die and resort to the free spool. I watch for my line to jump a bit while looking where its snagged on the reef and see it jump off. I tighten up a bit and get the fish straight out from me then the fish does the worst thing possible. It swims up the coast and around another rock in front of me. I charge left while fully buttoned down and barely by inches manage to pull the beast around the last rock obstacle. We see it start coming in a small roller wave and start freaking out. Cannot believe this fish was landed in the scenario. 40 yds of my braid was chaffed up like crazy.quick cpr on this surf tank.
Catalina Island bound for some lobstas and some fishing. Couple of 14 year old lookin kids in a little aluminum tied off to the barge fishing. Gave the bait barge kid an extra 5er and told him to hook the boys up when they needed it. The stoke on their faces and the Shakas received were well worth it. I remember spending days tied to that barge in Dana in a Costco inflatable i would paddle over in. I started in that harbor 20+ years ago and stoked to still be doing so. I hope these kids will be too in 20. @current_crew @fishdanawharf #currentcrew#wharfrats#fishworks#danapoint ##keepfishinglegitforfuturegenerations