Meghan Scoggins here, Director of Brand Development for Hook + Gaff. I'm so excited to be able to share on our blog for the first time! With kids in tow most hours of the day, it is nice to carve out some time for ourselves every once in a while, as I'm sure you all can relate! We have a group of close friends that have been planning a short trip to the Bahamas for some time now. We were finally able to coordinate the schedules and make it happen, and it turned into an epic trip!
We arrived in the Abacos for a five day celebration of birthdays, forever friendships, and time well spent. Our first full day was spent aboard our friend's sportfisher named the Buddy Rowe, a 61' Sunny Briggs. This is such a gorgeous fishing machine!
The day started off a little rough. The weather was just not cooperating. It was windy and overcast, and the ocean was choppy and rough. We fished into mid-morning and then through lunch with no action. Around mid-afternoon we'd decided to call it a day. We were in the process of pulling lines when a blue marlin appeared in the spread! Game on! We were so excited to see this after 6 hours of no action. We were able to drop back a bait and hook up, and we landed a small blue marlin within 20 minutes.
The day was just getting started. Because of the hook-up, we decided to keep trolling for a while longer. In a matter of minutes a white marlin appeared in the spread, and I was able to reel in my first white marlin! Very exciting! The good luck continued throughout the afternoon and we landed 2 more whites, and a nice dolphin that would turn into a fantastic shore lunch the next day. I have to admit, pulling back into the marina with the 4 flags flying high is such a feeling of accomplishment. I was so happy for those of us who were able to check off a few "firsts" on this offshore trip, myself included. It was a trip we'll never forget!
Director of Brand Development
Photos by: Tiffany Mizzell