by Capt. Jay
The 2014 Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitaional consisted of 32 teams participating in a 1 day Dolphin tournament on Memorial Day weekend. The tourney is won by the team who has the top weight of the teams 3 largest fish (aggregate). Both the Outer Limits and the Mr.Z have been fishing this event for years and back in 2010 the Outer Limits won first place with a weight of 98 lbs. which included a 60 lb. STUD of a Bull.
This day, like most days in May, the weather for the tournament was gorgeous. Light winds laid the seas down to a ripple and the skies were as clear as they could be. Both boats took a southwest course from the marina and commenced to lines in at 7:00am. Just shortly after lines in, the Outer Limits hooked up, but not to a Mahi but a Marlin. A White Marlin to be exact. 14 years old Jaeger was on the rod and went to work immediately. Jaeger put the arms to work and a short time later the acrobatic billfish was boat side. Not bad for a birthday surprise. This was Jaeger’s first billfish release and the second White Marlin release for the Outer Limits in as many days.
Just as the Outer Limits puts their lines back into the water, the Mr.Z hooks into something big. Way too big to be a Dolphin. Were talking a 400 lb. Blue Marlin! To top it off on 30 lb. test line. Angler Mark Davis had the fight of his life as he battled this beast for 2 hours. Finally, after a tough fight the fish was to the leader and was given a healthy release.
Now back to Dolphin fishing! I don’t want to talk about having the potentially winning Bull (he was 50 lbs.), that we chased for an hour, and had numerous baits in his face, and could not get him to eat… ARRGH!!! So instead we will go to the weigh in. Both crews ended up pretty close to each other at the scales with aggregate scores in the high 50’s. Some nice Dolphin were caught by quite a number boats with many fish in the High 20’s. The top fish was a 42 lb. Bull caught by our friends on the Blue Hooker. Congrats to them. But more so, congrats to Jaeger and Mark who got to battle two world class fish and catch some nice Mahi as well!