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September 21, 2007
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Bill Lumpkin, center, celebrates with his son Todd, right, before a successful release.
Photo: Courtesy of Todd Lumpkin

During day two of the fishing trip Bill Lumpkin and his son Todd took off Cabo San Lucas last fall, the deckhand spotted a fish and pitched a goggle-eye. Soon after, Todd was onto his first striped marlin. Another fish was spotted, another goggle-eye was pitched and another stripie was hooked — this time by Bill.

Just your run-of-the-mill, father-son, striped marlin double-header.

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And these were good-size striped marlin — both fish were estimated to weigh more than 120 pounds.

Todd’s fight was relatively easy with a Penn International 50T reel. Bill, on the other hand, had to work a little bit harder with a 30-pound stand-up outfit.

“The old man got wore out,” jokes Todd. “He kept asking for help, but I made him finish on his own.”

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The “old man” had the last laugh though. Measurements before the double-release showed that Bill’s fish was ten pounds heavier than Todd’s.

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