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September 21, 2012

Azores Report: Light Tackle Marlin

“Our first day out, the first fish we hooked was on 12-pound test. We fought the fish for 20 hours..."

Just got another report from Charles Perry in the Azores who is over there trying to set some light tackle blue marlin world records with Gary and Sherrell Carter of Silverado fame. He’s presently sitting out a hurricane but they had been catching them up pretty good before the storm. From Perry:

“Our first day out, the first fish we hooked was on 12-pound test. We fought the fish for 20, yes, 20-hours and broke it off at 9:00 a.m. the next day. We just went right back fishing, so the first couple of days seemed a bit long. 

The following day Mrs. Carter (Sherrell) hooked one on 16-pound and although the fight didn't last too long, the fish (around 400) almost jumped into the boat! It ended up breaking the rod on the covering board.

A couple of days later Gary hooked a 700+ blue on 12-pound first thing in the morning. We fought that one for a little over four hours before breaking it off.  We went back to fishing and had seven more fish up that afternoon!  We caught two on the "Fun Rod" which we thought were too small for a record on the line class we are fishing. 

The last day we fished, we thought it was blowing too hard so didn't decide to go until after 10 o'clock. It was blowing too hard for the little 31-footer we were in, but we fished anyway.  Sherrell hooked another fish on 16-pound that was 500+ (needs to be 370+) and fought it in very rough seas for over six hours before breaking it off.  She is one tough little lady!

Gary and Sherrell have flown to Madeira while we wait here for the hurricane "Nadine" to blow by.  Horta is very nice but I have done about all I need to do on land here as of now.  We hope to get a few more days fishing in before we have to leave.”