I got this "personal best" 313-pound bluefin tuna using a PENN International 16VISX filled with 100-pound Berkley Pro-Spec solid braid, on the recent 2.5 day trip aboard the Tomahawk. Many thanks to the great crew of the Tomahawk!
My biggest on that boat was 90lbs and it was a kite fish! Love that boat, the food, the service, the bunks, and it’s like a mini long range boat! Love the Captain as he is cool as anybody in the fleet!
Ha-Ha, I woke up at 4;00 AM, brushed my teeth and put on sunblock. Nobody else awake, we were "in the bluefin zone", and the deck looked wide open.
I thought "I'll just do 3 drops", and ALMOST grabbed my 60-pound setup [lucky I didn't].
Charged up the glow with a flashlight, and dropped it overboard, looking for my 300-foot mark, and thinking I would keep going down to 400.
At almost exactly 300 feet, the jig stopped, and I put the reel in gear and cranked hard. It didn't feel too big, I thought maybe 80 pounds. It did a bunch of headshakes, then went upcurrent towards the bow very fast against 20 pounds of drag, as I am yelling to get everyone's attention.
It stopped with about 150 yards of line left [hmmm, not 80 pounds], I dropped to "low", and pushed the drag forward to 25 pounds, about as much as I can handle. I cranked hard, and got about 50 yards back, which the fish answered by running another 100 yards, leaving me about 100 on the reel.
That apparently broke his spirit, I then started cranking him in, with only about 2 more runs of 25 yards during that process.
The sea anchor [parachute] was out, and we had a few scares that he might tangle the line in it, but the crew got the rod around and under the rope perfectly.
It was too dark for me to see the fish [except his eye], but they hit it with 6 gaffs and hoisted it over after 40 minutes.
15 foot wind-on of 130 Pro-Spec fluorocarbon, and 4 feet of 300-pound Pro-Spec fluoro to the lure.
320 gram jig had a 9/0 Owner "Swiveled" Jobu off the tail, and two 9/0 Owner "Monster" assist hooks off the nose, which are what stuck the fish.
Length was 80 inches, girth 56 inches.
At least under the boat's current "Tomahawk" name, it is the boat record.
Wow, I can feel the excitement, what a great way to start the day!! And good call on the setup selection, Thanks for sharing, anybody else wake up?? Just kidding.. probably had everyone up for an early breakfast, great job Steve!FANTASTIC!!!