As quick as a flash, McNally was in the chair, fighting the 40-pound wahoo to a standstill. He was filled with excitement and wanted a photo with his wahoo the moment it hit the deck. The crew quickly set up the spread of lures again, and the search was on for something much bigger and, hopefully, with a bill. We experienced our first billfish bite about the time we reached the FAD about 10 miles along the island. A lively lit-up blue about 400 pounds smashed the lure on the long rigger and immediately jumped, tossing the hook in a shower of head-shaking spray. Donato circled around the area for a couple of hours, and at one point, as we passed a little closer to the FAD, the shotgun burst to life again. This time, a 20-pound mahimahi busted loose from the calm surface, and within a couple of minutes, we had dinner kicking about in the cockpit. That was pretty much our action for a relatively short first day, but what we saw gave us plenty of confidence the rest of the trip was going to be even better.