We were offshore of Port Mansfield, Tx. We caught a small fish, maybe 10" long. We put it on a king mackeral rig (2 hooks with no weight, on a stainless leader). The fish was bloated from coming from down deep so it floated. We threw it out and watched it.
A 6footish hammer head surfaced. It looked like a stealth fighter with its fin and back out of the water. A majestic kind of thing. Awesome. It slowly swam toward the fish. We could see the whole thing. It swam to the fish, took it in, and submerged, all without missing a step.
It the proceeded to swim toward our boat( not visible, it was under water). Went under it, then out the other side. The line went slack. The line was cut. He never knew he was hooked.
We were on a private offshore boat. One thing thats worth mentioning is we dont hand off fishing poles, its a macho thing. You hook it you reel it in.
We were off an oil rig, 120ft deep, maybe deeper,dropping straight down. Pretty big equipment was used. My rod bent over. The guide came over and tightened my drag. I now had no drag.
"Wtf! Why'd you do that!"
"If he goes that way it's open current and you'll lose him. If he goes THAT way he'll wrap around the oil rig pilings and you'll LOSE him!"
So the fight was on. Lift the pole, reel as you lower it down. Hold on and do nothing. Lift up, reel on the way down. I'm sore. This is man against beast. The beast is winning. My arms so tired i cant turn the handle anymore...... Then theres a big sparkly flash in the water. We can see the fish. Its no longer unknown how deep the fish currently is. WE CAN SEE IT! This created an adrenaline rush, I managed to turn thel reel some more to get the fish in. We landed it!
We catch big blue cats in the dead of winter here in AL.
In the winter you can go behind a certain dam near Tuscaloosa, AL and there is a side creek that comes in creating a 4-6ft deep shelf about 1/3rd its way out into the river.
The big blues will come and stage on the down river backside of the shelf and wait for dead and dying threadfin shad to float by.
This cat was caught in less than 6ft of water with an outside temperature below freezing.
The water temp. being so cold the fish was pretty laid back in coming to the boat. Total fight might have took less than 5 min.
The scale showed 70lbs but he felt larger than that.
Pics and release on all these big cats.
If fishing for cats to eat myself I rarely keep anything larger than 16”. By the time you cut the head off it’ll fit perfectly in my jumbo skillet.