Caught Aboard the:

" Goin Off "

5/18/2001

Billfish for a Cocoa Beach Angler

Thought you might be interested in another billfish that we happened on last Friday, May 18,2001. I had taken my boat , "GOIN OFF" , down to Fort Pierce on Thursday in advance of the annual BellSouth fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 19,2001.

On Friday May 18, 2001, we fished half a day to work on our "teamwork" for the tournament and we got out early and put our lines out in 208' of water east southeast of Fort Pierce.  Our first strike on a "plain" ballyhoo was a sailfish which measured about 8 feet in length with an estimated weight of about 75 pounds.  The fish ended up tail wrapped which unfortunately caused it demise.  This was Joann Byers, of Cocoa Beach,  first sailfish.  We also went on to catch a bull dolphin in the mid twenties and some schoolies.

On Saturday we fished the tournament and I'm sorry to say that although we caught plenty of 5-10 pound schoolies we were unable to produce a dolphin large enough to place in the money. Better luck next year. The one we caught on Thursday and Friday may have been in contention as I was told a 27 pounder took the top prize.

Joanne fighting the sailfish.

This one's going to the smokehouse. I'll eventually get around to doing a bill mount for her.

Oh, by the way she caught this small bull dolphin also.

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