SportFishing and Charters Forum - Sick mako on a fly rod!!!!
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07-24-2012, 02:48 PM
07-24-2012, 02:57 PM
07-24-2012, 07:03 PM
wow that amazing
07-24-2012, 07:12 PM
Wow crazy cool in every way! Killer sick aerials, mako on a FLY ROD! Getting the hook-up in the first place. Having a fly reel and line strong enough for a large mako AND enough line/drag to keep him. Driving away when he's coming at you. On a small single engine boat, and all on vid. Awesome.
07-24-2012, 07:14 PM
sick, just sick
07-24-2012, 07:17 PM
07-25-2012, 02:55 PM
Oh my god.. Oh my god...
07-25-2012, 03:22 PM
That is incredible. The crews excitement is so entertaining. Great job.
Saw that. I have a friend in NJ who comes out every year to fish the makos on the fly gear. We want smaller ones in the 100 to 150 lb range as we're targeting the IGFA 16# tippet record. The guys in the video are not fishing to IGFA tippet regs (you can read their Tournament Rules). That mako is about 400 to 500 lbs, not 800 lbs and certainly not 10'.
On one trip I put my friend on one about the same size in the video. Pretty funny story. His wife is taking a piss, ass cracked off the transom, we're up at the bow looking away. All of sudden she shreaks and we turn around as she's hastily pulling up her pants and pointing to a large mako boatside. Holy cow it's a big one. My buddy looks at me and says "I can't catch that mako on this gear" (btw he has top of the line Mako Fly Reels by Jack Charlton). I look at him and tell him "you've come all the way from New Jersey and so far this is the only fish that has showed. You hook that f'n thing just for the experience." So we watched it repeatedly come up the chum slick and under the boat. After a couple passes, I casted out a bloody mackerel filet and as the mako turns for it, I instruct my buddy to cast. He nails the cast into a stiff wind and I pull the filet. The mako grabs the fly going sideways and he sets up on it. Blistering run with a 180 turn as I start the boat and get on the throttle. Another sequence of jumps in a complete circle, and the mako finally landed on the tippet and breaks off. My buddy and his wife were speechless. When I say 400 lbs, I was being conservative. Honestly, even if we were able to get it boatside on that gear, there was no way we could get it. IGFA fly fishing rules only allow the use of straight gaffs and that would be suicide on a Mako that size.
07-27-2012, 10:49 AM
That mako doesn't look sick at all!!
07-27-2012, 01:28 PM
07-27-2012, 04:14 PM
We did a 300 lb fish on about 18" of single strand tied to 50lb mono. Killed him with three straight gaffs. Fish was super green and just about beat us to death!!!
I won't hit another one again that size with a straight gaff ever again. We got him though!
07-27-2012, 06:28 PM
Any one else reach for the throttle to get away from the GD thing...Flying chainsaw riding a pogo stick!!! Ive never seen one jump in the boat, but damn if I havent seen them get very close.
Keep everything super tight and they dont always go apeshit like that. That is the result of it feeling the leader on its back. They really dont like it.