70 lb. Atlantic Sailfish

by Capitol Area Fishing on April 1, 2012

My good friend, writer, native Miamian, and excellent fisherman Charles Greenfield sent me an email last week after a day of fishing off of Miami Beach:

Victor, 

Went fishing with my niece and her boyfriend this past Friday. Trolling on the Reward II party boat out of Miami Beach marina, past Government Cut and Fisher Island, and just past the range markers,  I got this spectacular and highly unusual strike – an approximately 70 pound Atlantic Sailfish. It nearly spooled my paltry Penn 4/0 Star drag reel with 40 pound mono.

Captain Chris had to back up the 110 foot wide-berthed boat like a small sportsfisherman so I could retrieve the line. Then I fought it with the help of my niece’s boyfriend Matt, and we released it at the stern after a good dozen, amazing leaps from this majestic spear and sail specimen. And I was only trying to catch a little Spanish mackerel for dinner!

(Please notice the red and white $2 Williamson 1/2 oz. lead-head lure that I use for Spanish mackerel in the sail’s mouth!)

 Charles

70 lb. Sailfish off of Miami Beach

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