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Old 04-13-2021, 09:16 AM   #1
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I was down in Port A this weekend and decided the hit the jetty Sunday with the light E wind. I went in light with my trout rod, some live shrimp, and small hooks. I was after sheepies or mangroves. I started down at the end with nothing but too many people around. I worked my way back down and found a nice spot on the surf side that dropped off steep close to the base of the rocks. I started with a cork with no luck. I rigged up to fish the bottom and on the second cast, I hooked up with what I thought was a heavy red. as the fight progressed it started to pull like an old Chevy in 4 low, just slow and steady. She came up and at first looked like a shark. No dorsal fin, brown with a white belly....no way it's a Ling. As the fight continued she looked to be about 4' long. I still couldn't believe it. Luckily a guy stopped to help me who knew what he was doing. He helped keep her out of the rocks and netted her for me after about a 30 min fight. I was using a 1/0 Octopus hook on a 20 lb fluoro leader. How that fish stayed hooked I will never know. This is a fish of a lifetime for me and one I never dreamed of catching on light tackle off the rocks. Big shout out to all of the folks that helped me land her.

46", Dolphin Dock scale weighed her at 28#. I swear she was over 35

My back still hurts.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:21 AM   #2
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That's cray. Nice ling and congrats!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:22 AM   #3
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you sir, are one lucky devil. Congrats to you!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:22 AM   #4
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Very cool! Heck of a lemon! Congrats!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:23 AM   #5
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That is awesome.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:23 AM   #6
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Definitely a fish of a lifetime on light tackle. Congrats!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:23 AM   #7
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Congrats... Great fish.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:23 AM   #8
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Very nice. How was the walk out now the new blocks are in place?
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:24 AM   #9
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tasty eats!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:25 AM   #10
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That’s awesome! Congrats
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:27 AM   #11
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Very nice. How was the walk out now the new blocks are in place?
HEAVY! The new rocks are nice but they don't go out very far. Apparently the concrete walkways are about to be redone?
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:30 AM   #12
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Sweet! that is a heck of a tasty surprise.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:32 AM   #13
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Nice catch! I miss fishing out there. At the end of the north jetty when conditions are right you can see all sorts of deep sea fish.. Very hard to hook and catch though.

Now hook into a 200# grouper off those jetties!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:38 AM   #14
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Wow talk about an unexpected catch! Congrats man!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:41 AM   #15
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I’ve never caught one off the sand but I know guys that have and also kingfish. I personally have caught a 6lb red snapper from the surf at SLP on live mullet.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:41 AM   #16
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congrats!!
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:44 AM   #17
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Congratulations on a great fish

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Old 04-13-2021, 09:44 AM   #18
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Sweet! Nice catch.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:00 AM   #19
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Congrats that is cool.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:05 AM   #20
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Congrats! Nice thing about salt water fishing. You never know what will be on the other end of the line!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:10 AM   #21
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Nice and congrats! We saw some ling the last two summers off the north jetty but could never get them to eat.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:20 AM   #22
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They sure do eat well!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:22 AM   #23
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Heck of a catch, congrats !!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:25 AM   #24
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Great catch.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:28 AM   #25
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Congrats! One of my favs. Grill that sucker!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:56 AM   #26
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They come in close every April.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:57 AM   #27
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Awesome!!!! Great catch! You caught it off the bottom, spider weight? What was the bait?
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:15 AM   #28
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Congratulations! And thanks for the great narrative. Almost like being there.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:16 AM   #29
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Heck of a fish. With the challenge of the rocks its an incredible fish. I have caught a bunch off a CC but only hook one off rocks. Never got to lay hands on the one I hooked off the rocks. Im jealous.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:18 AM   #30
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Congratulations on an epic catch! That's gonna be some superb dinners!
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:24 AM   #31
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:33 AM   #32
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That’s awesome. Congrats
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:13 PM   #33
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Thats awesome! I've heard of that but never seen it.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:24 PM   #34
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Incredible! Great fish.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:24 PM   #35
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Most people dont know and there are only a handful that do it but ling are breeding or spawing this time of year off the beach front. When the weather permits and you have the equipment you can catch em about .5 mile out.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:26 PM   #36
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Very cool! Big Congrats!
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:29 PM   #37
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Congrats, I caught one off of Galveston's North Jetty a few years ago.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:33 PM   #38
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As cool as the other side of the pillow...
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:36 PM   #39
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Man! You never know what you will catch off that jetty! Congratulations awesome fish!
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:45 PM   #40
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Congrats and Gig 'Em!

You got that ling just in time. South Jetty closed yesterday.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:58 PM   #41
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Winner winner chicken dinner right there, hell of a catch
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Old 04-13-2021, 01:05 PM   #42
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Job well done right there. That's cool.
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Old 04-13-2021, 01:09 PM   #43
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Congrats! Good eatin' right there!
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Old 04-13-2021, 01:45 PM   #44
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Congrats! I bet that was an awesome time!
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:47 PM   #45
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Awesome!!!! Great catch! You caught it off the bottom, spider weight? What was the bait?
Bottom, 3/4 oz egg sinker, live shrimp.
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:48 PM   #46
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Congrats and Gig 'Em!

You got that ling just in time. South Jetty closed yesterday.
I saw that posted on Corpusfishing yesterday. I was planning another trip in a few weeks to try again too... Perfect timing!

Thanks and Gig 'Em!
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:50 PM   #47
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That's awesome. Saw a couple at the Galveston jetties once, but guy in my boat threw a trout rod at them and was cut off immediately.
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:52 PM   #48
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Congrats! I've only fished in the gulf a couple times, maybe get to go try a few more times if and when retirement days come.
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:18 PM   #49
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Nice one
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Old 04-13-2021, 05:28 PM   #50
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I love fishing those jettys. Congrats on an awesome fish!!
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