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Sam was Late but Worth the Wait

Friday, 31 July 2009 by Tracy Epstein

A few of Tracy's friends had just flown in for a couple days but Sam Peters from Release Marine had his flight delayed and wasn't arriving until 4:00 in the afternoon. The Marina we fish out of is about a 40 minute drive from the airport so we opted to pick Sam up in Funchal's marina after fishing.

We trolled the day out never seeing or hearing of any fish being caught. Sam finally arrived so we hurried in to fetch him from the dock. He hopped on the boat and we headed back out making our way towards Cabo Girao.

Upon reaching the big cliff, we came across birds and mammals wearing out huge balls of mackerel. On our first pass across the same ledge we had been trolling all day a blue piles on my Large Polu Kai Instigator on the long rigger. She takes the top shot off the reel before we know it. Jonboy got us going into a quick turn and chase to slow the fish down. She never jumped and as soon as we got the top shot back on the reel she was straight up and down. Our angler did a great job pumping the fish to the surface. She came up swimming across the transom and I was able to get four or five pulls on the leader before turning her head and having the hook slide right off her nose. We were extremely lucky to get the blue to leader considering she was never actually hooked. We figured the fish to be in the 500 pound range, about average for a Madeira blue. Nice to catch a fish after about a week of slow fishing, hopefully Madeira can wake up and start to bite again.
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