Fished with Capt. Jim Bowman aboard the Marlin Mania 5/28..The trip to
say the least was fantastic! We had 20 gaffer dolfins and a 350lb.+ Blue Marlin
caught by yours truely, Capt.Skid..The wx was almost perfect as well as the fishing.
Our crew consisted of- Bob Ruth ( this guy is a real piece of work) Ronnie Marko,
Jim Collins, Gary Bailey(first timer, did good,)and myself..Action started at 6:30 and
was off & On until about 1 pm when things slowed down to almost a stop. I hooked up with the Blue about 2 pm, and had him at the boat for a release about 15 minutes later!!! After the initial hook-up with a short ariel show, he plowed deep and never stripped anymore
line off..Came to the boat fairly easy!, this was a surprise to me because a few years back we had one on that Capt.Jim est. at 500+ and he almost killed the man in the chair with a 2 1/2 hour battle, which also ended in a successful release.. The Blue Marlin was my
first and a long awaited prize. The history that led up to this fish is a very emotional story
that includes the loss of my son, and best friend in June of 07. He wanted sooo much to
nab a Marlin, but it wasn`t meant to be..I think he had a hand in sending this fish to me and also the wx was much, much better than forecasted..You just never know what powers
may have been at work this day.... I`ve been fishing with Jim Bowman over 20 yrs. and
highly recommend him..Need more info on Jim, drop me a message..
Hell yea dude congrats on Mr. Blue... Marlin Mania is the man.. He can put you on em.. Sorry to hear about your son and best friend.. God's hands work in mysterious ways but you can be sure they are with you wherever you go.. and they probably had a hand in your first blue...