Catch Date: Not Specified
Story Date: 05/28/2017 7:43 AM
Location: Raritan Bay Channel NJ
The bite was slow on an evening fluke trip so I decided to use my light spinning set up spooled with #10 braid. On the business end I lightened up my leader to #20 to which I tied on a 3/4 ounce bucktail with a closer teaser above. Casted out and would you know it, after just a few bounces I got slammed. The fish proceeded to run directly away from the boat. I didn't want to touch the drag, so I cupped the spool but that did little so the fish down. Wasn't long before I was into the Mono backing on the reel. Fortunately, the fish slowed and I was able to turn it. At this point guesses were made as to what was on the end of the line. Guesses included a big striped bass, cow nose ray and black drum. I was hoping for a big weakfish. The thought of a big bluefish did cross my mind but I thought that after a few minutes that if it was a bluefish it would have bitten through the light leader early in the fight. I was able to gain line although the fish still made a few more drag pulling runs. Eventually had the fish boatside and got a gaff stuck in it. As hard as it was for me to believe it was a big bluefish of #11+ hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth where it wasn't able to bite the leader.