Hey guys, the marlin bite off of Finger Banks and Golden Gate is still way off the charts- and there are big tuna there, too, among the porpoise! I just got back from a great trip there. Look, if a bozo like me can land 8 striped marlin from a kayak in 2 days, then you can triple that, easy! I know you guys are more into tuna, so here is my ill fated tuna story: The second day, I was trolling a mac behind my kayak, as I did both days, when I was overtaken by a school of porpoise. I had been used to the marlin strikes on the bait, which were very gradual- the fish never picked up steam until they realized they were hooked- that's when they towed me all around. But this time, the reel screams immediately, and as soon as I tightened down the drag on my TLD 30 II loaded with 60 pound, the fish heads straight down and begins to kick my tail in a most brutal fashion. I was very sore from the day before, and had also come down with a nasty cold, so I was really suffering on the fish. Still, I managed to get the fish up real close to my kayak. I had a guy filming it and he and the chase boat were right next to me. I was beginning to worry that if I let the fish sulk, the hole in his mouth might get big enough that the fish would escape, so I gambled, and added more pressure to my setup (using a custom 80# graphite rod, 5 feet long, all rollers, made by martin Yo) by pushing the line, with my thumb, against the hypalon grip, and I heaved really hard, and- POP! the damn hook broke! I was furious! I guess I shoulda would could done something different. I still have the damn hook- saved it for posterity. I never saw the fish but the guys on the boat said they saw the head and it was maybe triple digits. Oh well, lucky fish! In any case, I got the whole trip filmed by a pro videographer in High Def and it looks really good. The marlin were very cooperative and were jumping right next to my kayak much of the time- almost too close. here is a youtube clip of some of the highlights: YouTube - Kayak Fishing for Marlin with Bluewater Jon Schwartz all marlin were hooked, fought, and released from the kayak. Why though, can't I forget about that tuna?!