King and queen of the boards
She’s already weighed in two or three fish caught from a kayak.
On Wednesday, Destin’s Jamie Braden took it to another level.
She caught her first fish from a paddleboard for a first place spot on the leaderboard in the 65th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.
“I can’t feel my arms,” Braden said with a smile on her face as she was weighing in her fish. “It was so much fun.”
Jamie, 37, said she caught the 13.4-pound king mackerel about a mile out in the Gulf pulling a skirt jig for bait.
The rod went down when the mackerel latched onto the bait.
“It wasn’t that bad and then it got angry and decided to take me out. Luckily I had enough line that it didn’t pull me to Cuba,” she jokingly said.
Jamie explained that she had the drag set light. “It just started peeling out line.”
After about a five-minute fight, Jamie got the mackerel to the board.
“It took another 30 minutes to get in,” she said. “Fighting the wind was worse than fighting the fish.”
Jamie, who is a nurse practitioner at the Emerald Coast Cancer Center in Fort Walton Beach, loves fishing. However, she said fishing from a paddleboard was a bit challenging.
“There is less room for error,” she said. “It’s you and the board, the fish and the Gulf … good luck.”
Nevertheless she met the challenge on just her second paddleboard outing.
“It’s all about the experience,” Jamie said noting she hopes to get back on the water over the weekend.