Mine is a fish story.
We were fishing a small tourny in the Keys in late May.
Grand prize was a week stay at a house in the Keys with direct access to the ocean.
Seas were a solid 6' but rollers with 6 second period. Easy enough to fish, just be careful if you have to turn around.
We're blind trolling getting into a few small schoolies here and there. I always keep a line waaaaaaay back with the rod above my head in the rocket launcher.
We're trolling a long time with no action, just trying to keep the boat heading into the waves correctly.
I happen to look up at my "long" rod, and I am almost being spooled!!!!! I had 350 yards of power pro, with 150 of mono backing, and I was into the mono! I forgot to put the "clicker" on (mistake number 1), so I never heard it.
I grabbed the rod, had my friend take wheel. I couldn't gain any line on him. I tightened the drag some (2nd mistake), he was still taking line! I couldn't run the boat and quarter him because of the waves, so we tried to ease in reverse not a wise decision on a 23' CC, but it was working.
After 10 minutes of this ,and another tightening of the drag (mistake3 ) I finally see color at about 50 yards!. It's a slob of a bull dolphin(easily a 50#) with a huge cow right alongside of him.
My buddy says "There's color what is it!???!?!" I said cockily, "That right there is a week in the Keys!" (final mistake).
The boat went down into a swell and then up a wave which momentarily caused the line to go slack, for a mere 1/2 second.
The fish didn't even rush to get away, they just slowly swam off along with my once in a lifetime mount.
"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."