Even as Mike Barrett was leaving the Long Beach light he could see something just off in the distance beckoning him. A massive flock of sea gulls and pelicans were thrusting themselves in the water in pursuit of baitfish. Barrett is a smart enough angler to know that more than likely, something bigger was forcing the baitfish to the surface.
On board with Barrett were his two sons; 13 year old Hunter and 11 year old Owen. The threesome pointed the bow of their private boat towards the comotion on the ocean and slid into the giant bait school with great care. Hunter made a cast with a blue and white lure and after 5 seconds was hooked up to something big.
Even though the young angler is on 13-years old, he has become an accomplished angler is a short time. On Sunday, Hunter took the jackpot on board the 1/2 day boat City of Long Beach with a giant barracuda up against several older accomplished anglers.
Hunter found himself in quite a battle. He fought the fish on the other end of his line for over 25-minutes before a 38-pound white seabass emerged from the depths. "We were all happy to see that it was a white seabass," said the young angler. "It was a great day on the water."
If that wasn't enough, Hunter topped off with a nice thresher shark a little later in the day.
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