Vance Briggs and
sons in one more of their adventures at the
resort. They were out just to snorkel and fish for
small in-shore species. But the day was so nice
that they venture out to the bouyies and what was
their surprise that when they were coming back to
shore they hooked this striper on a 25 lbs test
line on a hoochie. Here is Sam's story of this
The day was
Monday, the 14th of June. The weather at Spa Buena
Vista was warm and sunny, as always. My family and
I, after getting up early for the fisherman’s
breakfast, boarded the pontoon boat, fishing rods
in our hands and snacks in our backpacks. Casting
off, we departed from the welcome shores, intent
on fishing the buoys for Dorado.
arrived at the first buoy, and trolled around it.
buoy provided the same results. On the third, we
managed to hook an infant Dorado, but its size
forced us to let it go.
time, the wind started to pick up. The waves rose,
making the boat rock. I realized that I had
forgotten to take a pill for motion sickness. I
began to feel queasy and nauseous. “Can we go
closer to shore?” I asked.
toward the land, trolling some lures in hopes of
catching something to take my mind off my
uneasiness. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to
shore, and ralphed over the side of the boat. This
made me feel somewhat better, but not much. Just a
moment later, a Striped Marlin that was probably
lured by my chum, struck the hoochi we were
trolling behind our boat. We hooked it, and the
fight was on!
forgetting my nausea, I took a seat and started
the 45 minute battle between man and fish that
would eventually end in victory for the man.
During this time, the rod was passed between me,
my brother, and my dad twice, but eventually, the
90 lb. Striped Marlin, hooked on
25 lb. test,
was brought up along side the boat, and pictures
were taken, and the fish was released.
Though I was
feeling better, we continued to the shore, hoping
the bite was better. We had fun catching a Jack
Crevelle and lots of Needlefish and snorkeling in
the warm water before calling it a day and going
back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon of
swimming, sunbathing, and cold tropical drinks. A
thanks to the Valdez Family for making this
and the Briggs Family