Fish Of A Lifetime for Alberta Canada Family. On January 14 Kyle Moodie, his wife Sue, along with his Father Doug and Mother, Verna spent a full day on a family fishing trip aboard Fire Hatt. The waters were dead, silky calm and the sun was hot. We ran lines from 7 am to noon with no action, but knew “it” could happen at any time. As we worked our way south to Captain Cook Bay for a little afternoon snorkel we were pleasantly surprised the spinner dolphin were there. I put our guests in the water and let them swim with the dolphin. Turns out this was definitely on their bucket list. Let’s check that one off. Once they were back in the boat, we put lines in the water and headed out. After finding a pod of dolphins offshore we cruised through them with no luck. Then on our way out of the pod it happened. Wham! We are Hooked Up! Kyle is in the chair and let me tell you, as a fly fisherman from southern Alberta, Canada I’m sure he had never experienced anything like this. With over 1500 feet of line off the reel, he cranked and cranked. We thought it was a Blue Marlin at first. The fish tracked the lure and exploded on it. After an intense 40 minute fight, Kyle has the fish to the boat only to have the hook pop out within in a few feet from landing it. Ouch! A nice Yellowfin Tuna estimated at about 180 pounds… Kyle has landed hundreds of fish in his days but had never experienced a fight like this. Truly a Fish Of A Lifetime. As a catch and release fisherman he had no problem with the popped hook. It was a landed fish in his books. As Captain, it is just deflating to see a trophy come undone. Brett and I appreciated the understanding from Kyle and he knows “That’s Fishing.” There is one way fish get hooked and a thousand ways they come off. We hope Kyle and his family leave our beautiful Island with a lifetime of memories and come back again to claim their trophy. That fish is only getting bigger.
Fire Hatt is a member of the AFTCO Pro Fishing Team