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Pam Murphy of Melbourne shows off her first redfish, surely a prized catch that measured 40 inches and weighed over 30 pounds. While trolling a lure from a boat inside Sebastian Inlet with her father, Tom Murphy, she hooked the bull red near the mouth of the inlet and boated it well west of the State Road A1A Bridge. It was released.(Photo: Tom Murphy/Special to FLORIDA TODAY)Buy Photo

Pam Murphy of Melbourne caught her first redfish this past week, and what a redfish it was — a big bull red measuring 40 inches in length and estimated at over 30 pounds. Surely a trophy to remember.

“Not bad for my first one,” laughed Murphy who was with her father, Tom Murphy, owner of a Melbourne Cadillac dealership.

The father-and-daughter team was slow trolling inside Sebastian Inlet during an incoming tide with deep-running lures from Tom’s 21-foot Hewes Redfisher flats boat.

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Pam hooked the fish near the mouth of the inlet and landed it 20 minutes later several hundred yards west of the State Road A1A Bridge.

“It was a tough, really strong fight,” said Pam, a nuclear medicine technician with Health First in Melbourne.

Her lure was a Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40, a seven-inch long-lipped diving plug.  She used a Penn level-wind reel, custom boat rod and 20-pound test line.

“We’d trolled past the bridge and was making a turn opposite the south jetty when the fish hit,” Pam said. 

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With Pam on the bow fighting the fish Tom put the boat’s outboard in neutral and they drifted back past the bridge, finally boating the special catch near the south side of the inlet.

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