If a tuna can see the bottom it appears to run out. (And empty the spool) My guess is it can judge progress with the bottom. Out in the open it just wants to hang down there about 150 feet and dog it out there. Seems to work out that way, but not always.
No 150's to compare with but 110-130 BFT's compared with around 80# YFT at Alijos was no comparison. The bluefins were painful. Like Bill said, the yellowfins at Alijos ran out, the bluefins more up and down. Even 80ish bluefins were tougher. Unfortunately I don't have experience with larger yellowfins, which I hear and believe are tougher than similar sized bluefins.
Put the rod on the rail, push in the button,make sure your drag is properly set (that means not too light), knots properly tied, & wind . BFTs definitely just hang down in the depths, but they eventually do come up with a lot of pressure. I've gotten my share of really nice ones the last 2 years.
Leaving on 6/8 on the Shogun for 6 days & I will continue where I left off.
I've only caught BFT to 45 maybe a 50 (one that never made it to the boat). But, I've caught lots of YFT around here and in the E. Cape area. The same size YFT seem to fight harder in the warmer water down in Baja. I've had a lot more stale mates on fish in E. Cape, where you get a fish to a certain depth and they just stop and hang, can't reel in line and fish won't run. I think it happens at thermocline areas.
i cant compare a 150 bft caude i never caught one that big but i can compare 60 bft on 40 lb at the tuna pens vs a 60 yft at clarion on 60 lb and ill tell you what that 60 yft woulda towed that bft all over the ocean. took me 45 minutes on 60 lb vs 15 minutes bft on 40 lb hooked with about 200 yds of line out on a soak
So here's another STRONG opinion to Stir the Pot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The season is just beginning. Yes, we are lucky and it's looking to be very very good.
I am sick and tired of hearing landings and captains :
Loading and overestimating the counts
Totally exaggerating the weights of the fish being caught.
This is most often done by the boats fishing 3 day or less
I just got a verbal report from PT Loma SF saying that one of the boats called in on a day & a half trip with good numbers of YFT from 12-20#. Goody, they are having a decent day.
My guess---There are no fish to 20# & barely any over 12#--if any. Count 'em & weigh 'em. We are being duped. The reporting is a sham!
I wish I was wrong. It will (and should not) continue all season. Maybe the government should do something !!!!!!!!!!!!