It would be an under statement to say I was pumped for the EKFT “Battle In The Bahamas” Tournament. I have never fished in the Bahamas before so I didn’t know what to expect.
When we arrived on Thursday I couldn’t wait to hit the water. After the Captains’ meeting I decided to test the waters for a couple of hours. With no live bait, I decided to Jig. The ledge of Grand Bahamas is only a mile off of the beach and it drops to over 1000 feet very quickly. Only a few minutes into jigging I get my first hit.
I landed a nice Blackfin Tuna. Good start! I jigged for a another hour, got a monster Cuda a couple cut offs then decided to head back in for the night.
Day one of the tournament was kinda slow for me. I landed two smaller Blackfin’s. Fun… but not what I had in mind.
Day two… different story!
I decided to switch up my strategy the second day. No Jigging… just going to slow troll two live Goggle Eyes. One on the surface, the other on my Scotty downrigger about 80 to 90 feet down in the water column. About an hour into the morning I get my first hit on the downrigger. In a matter of seconds, 300 yards ripped off my Penn Spinfisher. I peddled frantically to get the line back. My first thought was monster Wahoo! After about an hour into the battle and feeling the power of this fish I then thought possibly a Yellowfin Tuna. Soon after, to my surprise, I saw the fish break the surface. All I hear over the radio is Blue Marlin! Blue Marlin!
Blue Marlin? I was in shock! I knew I was in for battle!
I hooked up at roughly 8:15am and finally touched the leader at 5:30pm, but this fish wasn’t done fighting. Another couple of hours went by and in my last efforts to get the marlin to the help boat it broke free and it swam off. The boat captain estimated the Marlin to be in the 400-500 pound range. Lucky the help boat was there to give me 30 mile lift to shore. It was a battle of a lifetime. A video is still in the works of the epic battle, but here is another kayaker's adventure.