The weather hadn’t been too good, but we decided to go fishing anyway and headed toward some pretty water in 500 fathoms. The anglers on board were Paul Shaw, David Rood and Cass Wood; Ben Polk and Montukie Lewis were the mates for us. It was a little bumpy going out, but not too bad. We set out our usual spread — dink ballyhoo, dredges and squid chains — and around 9 a.m., we had a bite on the long rigger. We didn’t see the fish until we had it on the leader, and it turned out to be a spearfish. It’s the third spearfish we’ve caught just this year while fishing out of Virginia Beach and Ocean City, Maryland. A little while later, we raised a small blue marlin that came in hot on the right squid chain, missed the right flat, switched to the left chain and then ate a pitch bait. It was about 150 pounds, really lit up. We usually average around 10 blues a year on this boat between fishing off Charleston, South Carolina, and Virginia, but this was our first one of the season.