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Caseydmaze

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Same exact thing happened to me at Prom night back in High School. Everyone was on the dance floor, following the herd, but I went my own way, more West as well...I found her in the hallway, away from the fleet. Chased her all over the school. Nearly had her half dozen times. She broke my heart in half. Kept at it with my two buddies taking turns...all three of us were exhausted with her attitude. Just as I thought I might score...she pulled the Circle Hook attitude and I watched as she slid back into the crowd, quietly. I always wondered what happened to her. Anyways, we threw the trollers out on the way back to the punch bowl and hooked a couple sophomores to round out the night. Good table fair. Great times!!
Tight Jeans fellas!
🤣🤣🤣😎
 
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Professor

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Ignore the douches. Your out there learning. Great adventure. They just don't all end with a fish in the boat. Thanks for the post
 
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CURVEFINDER

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Your report makes me feel like I was on your boat the whole time because I’ve been in the exact same spot you were in my story almost identical to yours but only an hour and 45 minutes and the leader broke because of the Tuna‘s tale and we lost 180 pound fish so I know the feeling but it’s still all good I’m still after my Tuna I know he’s swimming around with the hook In his lip I just want my hook back
my daughter film the whole thing on go Pro video every time I watch it I feel the pain mental that is I think we lost our fish because we were already talking about cutting them up for Sashimi before he ever hit the deck
 
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jayyyy

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That fish wanted to live, you gotta respect that, makes landing one that much sweeter.
 
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blubby07

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Your report makes me feel like I was on your boat the whole time because I’ve been in the exact same spot you were in my story almost identical to yours but only an hour and 45 minutes and the leader broke because of the Tuna‘s tale and we lost 180 pound fish so I know the feeling but it’s still all good I’m still after my Tuna I know he’s swimming around with the hook In his lip I just want my hook back
my daughter film the whole thing on go Pro video every time I watch it I feel the pain mental that is I think we lost our fish because we were already talking about cutting them up for Sashimi before he ever hit the
That fish wanted to live, you gotta respect that, makes landing one that much sweeter.
Couldn’t agree more but hey we got a few here’s one decent fish
We felt blessed for what we got
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Spoons

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***Plot Twist***
Drag at Strike set to 7 pounds
I'd hate to think Blubby's drag was set to 7lbs. but i've seen it more often that not, many fishermen simply dont know how to set the drag with a spring scale. If the weakest line on the reel is 80lb test then i'd hope your drag was set to at least 20lb but more like 24-25lb of drag. On stand up gear with lugs on a back brace, 25lb of drag is enough to pull someone in that isn't prepared.
 
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Spoons

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Heartbreaker that you lost that fish, but it keeps us coming back for more. Look at it this way, you had a better day than 90% of the people on this site reading from their computer.
 
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DC61

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Great experience. Good for you guys. I had one like that a few years ago. We lost it after 3 1/2 hours. I/we have caught a bunch since that, but this is the one I think about when I put my head on the pillow at night. WHo knows how big it was. It really doesn't matter. The memories are worth everything. I have never had so much fun not catching a fish!

Thanks for sharing your story!
 
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Tuna-Sniper

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Don't listen to that prick, he thinks his shit doesn't stink
No need for name calling man !!!! It just shows what kind of person you are and yes my shit is as stinky as anyone else. I hope you have a wonderful day.
 
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Mr Main22

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No need for name calling man !!!! It just shows what kind of person you are and yes my shit is as stinky as anyone else. I hope you have a wonderful day.

You must be really getting mustered up editing all your posts at 1 AM and finally reply to me about calling you a prick.

You're a class act that has been around here acting how good you think you are and you come here judging how others do on their fish. Not cool.
 
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Thanks for the report! Sometimes the stories are better than the ones that make it on the deck. At least for you and your buddies you will be talking about that one for along time.
 
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    Heartbreak for sure. some tuna are just devil fish. We once hooked a 285 on 65lb leaders/talica 16 and had it gaffed within the hour and then hooked a 225 on the kite rod 400lb leader, talica 50 and it kicked our ass, 2 hours in before getting stuck. We thought for sure we had a 400+ pound fish.
    My advice is always crank hard on the fish, bluefin tuna will always settle after a few runs and then it's just cranking the inches. you would not believe how hard you can pull on 80lbs before it parts.
     
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    Headed off shore to fish that area off ensenada found the fleet around 3am wasn’t marking anything so headed inside.
    we start finding paddys pull a couple ytail then land a nice blue fin maybe 40-45 lbs so we drop a torpedo rubber band on 80 wind on 135 spectra we’re bit we’re tight and line is dumping like I’ve never seen before.
    we’re gonna get spoiled with the drag buttoned!
    We chase the fish gaining line this happens over and over again for 5 hours!
    The fish tries everything he come up on surface and rolls we see the submarine but we’re still tight!
    Finally he the fish and we are just exhausted 3 men taking turns well old fat guys.
    We see leader we see the rubber band we see the biggest bluefin I’ve ever seen personally he’s coming up one more death circle 1 foot from gaff we’ve done everything right it’s time!!!!
    The cal star snaps in half under the immense pressure but wait he’s still there I pull on the leader and with the last ounce of strength left he shakes the hook!
    What a fight, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen a bluefin so pale so tired just barely able to tail pump down and out of sight.
    This fish we realized pulled us to about 6-8 huge barn doors over 5 miles he was taking us to his restraunts he knew where they were.
    and when he did take us there we were marking massive fish the finder was blowing up.
    we toss a scoop over and 300 lb fish blow up on it.
    All of this way inside from where the fleet was fishing not a single boat the entire time.
    when I think of this fish I woulda loved to have landed him.
    But inside I kinda chuckle he won we took the gloves off and he won he tried everything going under the boat dozens of times nope turn the wheel clockwise and crush reverse we’re clear over and over again.
    Someone said u shoulda speared him from the boat with your spear gun!
    We keep one on the boat I said no way man I’m not punking this fish we either land him fair and square or we don’t.
    good for him he lives another day I hope he lives and didn’t die he was so tired.
    I will post some pics and exact numbers we were looking at land and the nados the entire time.
    so we head home and I say put out the cedar plugs a mile back and we’re rewarded with a nice little 20 and 30 lb bluefin.
    what a day with good friends.
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    X2 what bouttime said. It's nice when you have a strong big circle hook in the rear corner of the jaw, but that isn't always where you are connected. Your gear was fine, your effort was massive, sometimes the fish wins the fight. That's just the way it is. And I think that knowing that it isn't over until it's OVER is part of the reason that offshore fishing is a lifelong obsession. You did very well, and the memory will last a lifetime. Happy dreams.
    Right I hooked a guesstimated 150 pounder a few years back on 40 had it to color like 3 times. After 3 hours fish finally straightened out my hook at gaff. Even though I have caught multiple fish now over 200 on the right gear that story always comes up Amongst my good fishing buddies and hunt’s me to this day. Sounds like a fun trip I’m sure your story will come up a time or two lol.
     
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    Willdoggy

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    Great story and that’s all that matters. Sometimes fishing is all about the adventure. I know I remember the ones that get away as much and sometimes more than the ones lifted onto the boat. Thanks for the report.
     
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