Battling the Beast
Evan’s expedition begin on his Ice Blue Falcon 22′ Offshore Edition, customized with Simrad electronics; including triple MFD’s, 3kw sonar, 10kw Open Array Radar, and Simrad AP-44 Autopilot. The “do-it-all,” easily towable fishing machine departed port at 10:00am.
Soon after, the fish was hooked quickly after the second drop around 12:45pm over a 2,000 ft bottom. After driving the hook, the line went slack and the fish began to swim toward the surface. Once it came tight again, the battle which lasted until 5:00pm began. Initially, Evan was able to slowly work the fish up to 800ft before it turned around and went right back to the bottom at 1900ft, effortlessly peeling off nearly 20lbs of drag. This occurred two more times before the fourth and final major run when it rapidly went from 800ft of line out to 2,900 by swimming down and away against heavy drag.