View Full Version : Light Tackle Ling!!!!!!

August 11th, 2009, 06:53 PM
Ok, so after finding a few ling on friday. Kaylin and I took the day off yesterday and drove to Lavaca for the last TRS tourney of the year. It was a great weigh in with several of our friends placing in the tourney.

Today, I had a trip schedule with my little brother Bobby (fool4fishin) and my best friend lance. This trip was bobby's birthday present so it was his call as far as what he wanted do today..

Of course, after hearing about the ling .. HE couldnt think of anything else he wanted.. So off towards the jetties we went.. We had some live mullet and such so we started on the north end of the north jetty to try for some trout and reds... Caught a few sandies and that was about it...

We finally gave up and decided to motor out offshore in what were some rather LARGE swells.. Water looked good, so we kept going out and about 2 miles out we spotted a few ling...

My brother had first shot and WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAM he took the bait and hauled butt as fast as he could away from the boat.. That lasted about 20 seconds before he broke the line (30# braid)....

So we find another one and cast to him and WHAAAAAAAAM he inhales it and off the the races we go... This one didnt get away, although i almost let him go lol.. I got him in the net, pulled him in the boat and he jumped out of the net and back into the water and started running again... A few minutes later with some coaching of my little brother, he got the ling into the net again.. Solid 37" + fish.. Into the livewell he goes. THIS fish was my brothers first LING to actually land. He has broke a few off out on the party boats, but never brought one in and certainly not on light tackle..

Next is my turn, we find another little group of ling and i pick the biggest one out of the group. I hook up and manhandle this ling to the boat with a laguna inshore /curado E7 and 50# fins braid... It took me almost 10 minutes to get this bigger ling in. He was not going to come in quitely lol. This ling was 42".

Ok after this, we are worn out from the 6 to 8ft swells so we decide to head back to west bay.. Finally, once were in calm water i told them that we needed to go find some redfish..

Once in west bay, we go to one of my favorite spots and start throwing gulps under Inticers and Evolution Midcoast popping corks... We had 7 reds in about an hour, with several big breakoffs and a huge Slimer... 3 of the reds were keeper and will be on the halfshell later tonight.

All in all a long tough but good day.. Congrats to my little brother on his first ling and happy birthday.


Ps. This picture shows how tough my Laguna Inshore is... Man i love that rod

August 11th, 2009, 07:01 PM
WTG Thomas......I bet your brother had a blast! I want to catch one of those someday myself!

August 11th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Awsome report!

August 12th, 2009, 06:18 AM
MMMMMMmmm.....ling tacos!:chef: Good haul T. :D

August 12th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Great report. I'm going to catch some ling one of these days.

August 12th, 2009, 08:26 AM
Great job!

August 12th, 2009, 09:58 AM
Great report. I love hooking ling!

August 15th, 2009, 06:35 PM
nice outing and with your bro! at that

August 15th, 2009, 09:51 PM
Nice!! that rod looks BenT!

August 16th, 2009, 09:36 AM
Nice Ling, we actually cooked up the rib section of Donna's ling last night and I will tell you it was the best part of the fish!

Throw some seasoning, onions and lemon slices and grill to perfection!

August 17th, 2009, 07:18 AM
very nice catch

August 17th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Sweet! Looking forward to my first keeper Ling...I heard they grill up good! Thanks for sharing.