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Good Bet

Posted by JEZ (Posts: 106)
on May-18-08 4:23pm
(In reply to: Forgot to mention... posted by mel on May-18-08 12:28pm)

It happened to me in a boat off the rockwall on 5/17. I was drifting frozen 'chovy with a 1 oz. hair raiser for a sinker. Got a hard take down and on my reaction strike felt nothing until the end of my pull, then a solid hook up followed by a line-stripping run. But the fish changed direction and I was able to get some line back and hold on. I thought I had the mother of all halibut, I was feeling head shakes and tail thrusts. About a minute into the fight the fish came up and jumped completely clear of the water with a tremendous splash. That's when I saw it was a large bat ray. I was using 14 lb. mono, and if it had run straight away I would never have been able to stop it. When I finally got it in the net, I saw that it was hooked in the wing on the stinger hook for the anchovy. I think it hit the jig and got foul hooked by the trailing 'chovy hook on my reaction strike. The ray was 3-4 ft. wingspan, maybe 40-50 lbs., but what a fight!


Current thread:
I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   fish4free - May-17-08 7:42pm
Re: I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   goingfishin - May-17-08 8:58pm
Re: I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   calnatv - May-17-08 9:04pm
Re: I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   Sebastes2 - May-17-08 9:30pm
Re: I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   fish4free - May-17-08 10:09pm
what was the pull like? headshakes?   norcalrod - May-17-08 11:49pm
Re: what was the pull like? headshakes?   fish4free - May-18-08 8:50am
You hooked a sailboat   bassmanben - May-18-08 10:03am
Foul hooked ray?   mel - May-18-08 12:08pm
Forgot to mention...   mel - May-18-08 12:28pm
Good Bet   JEZ - May-18-08 4:23pm
Re: Good Bet   scoobe - May-19-08 7:08pm
there are......   powerdriver8 - May-18-08 6:14pm
Re: Forgot to mention...   fish4free - May-18-08 9:19pm
could have been a foul hooked halibut.   clutch633 - May-19-08 11:14am
Re: I got spooled at the rockwall! 5/17   friscostriper - May-19-08 11:28am


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