Aaron Baker of Friendswood was this year’s Kingfish winner (44 lbs. 10 oz.) in the Hoffpauir Offshore Division and was recently awarded a Polaris Ranger Crew 570EFI Polaris Pursuit Camo with a Big Tex Trailer.
Here’s his story:
“While I was standing below one of the rod holders on the side mount, something hit the line, and the reel started screaming. I grabbed it and watched the line continue to run out for what felt like another 30 seconds while we stopped the boat. I worked the rod to keep constant pressure, and it was a battle where if he wasn’t taking line, I was bringing the line back in. As the King got closer, he shifted from one side of the boat to the other several times, and I had no choice but to follow him around. It wasn’t until about 25 minutes after the initial hit that I finally saw a body, and I could then understand how this was taking so long. I knew this would likely be the biggest fish I had ever reeled in. He made his swimming seem effortless while I struggled to gain any distance. He got within 10′ of the boat a couple of times before returning to tease me. After a good 30 minutes of fighting, I finally got him close enough for somebody to gaff him and got it in the boat. Then, my adrenaline started wearing off, and I realized how tired my hands and body were. This is the biggest, most exciting, and most exhausting catch I’ve ever had in my life.”
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