Almost 300 feet below the boat, the leviathan inhaled a live bait and moved toward the sharp edges of a nearby reef. Unlike the blazing speed of a king mackerel or yellowfin tuna, the mighty fish slowly, but steadily pulled heavy-duty braided line from the deep-sea reel.
When it reached the edge of the sunken ship, the fish stopped and simply dared the angler to yank it up through nearly a football field of water. Exhibiting incredible raw power, the fish arched the stout rod and refused to budge. Cranking furiously, the angler regained 2 feet of line only to lose 4 to the monster from the deep, despite the maximum drag setting on the reel.
“It’s like pulling an anvil off the bottom,” exclaimed Jen Carroll while fighting her first amberjack. “It’s just weight and power. I’ve caught big fish before, but nothing that fought...