100-pound-plus sailfish released off Palm Beach
Angler A.J. Holmes started his week out right by releasing a monster sailfish on the morning of June 15 while fishing on Angler Management, a charter boat based at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island.
Capt. Mike McCormack said the brawny spindlebeak measured 100.5 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.
The sailfish was released and never weighed, but based on length-weight formulas, McCormack said it easily weighed more than 100 pounds.
“That has got to be one of the biggest sailfish we’ve had in a couple of years,” McCormack said.
Holmes hooked the sailfish using a live goggle-eye that was “bump trolled” on the surface along a temperature break in 250 feet of water east of Lake Worth Inlet.
(In bump trolling, the captain “bumps” the in boat into gear occasionally to keep live-bait lines tight, then pulls it back to neutral.)
In addition to summer sailfish, McCormack said his crew on Angler Management (www.anglermanagementfishing.com) has been catching wahoo, blackfin tuna, snook, jacks, kingfish and tarpon.
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