Ella Mae gets her BFT @ the 43

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by aguachico, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. aguachico

    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A few weeks ago we watched a two skiffs kill BFT on live macs. We had poppers and deens. We sat there skunked.

    The next day I was left solo and headed to the 43 with a tank full of macs and no plan on how to land a large tuna solo. At this point my largest was about 70#'s and that was on a sporty. SO i got bit and fought this fish for an hour. This tuna basically kicked my ass before I pulled the hook. I didn't have ropes ready. I was not in a harness all I had was my 40# bait stick and an HX raptor set to 25#'s of drag. I never controlled the fish.

    The next day I left with a friend to do the same thing. All I needed was another person and no plan right? Wrong. We got bit on the mac and proceeded to fight the fish between the two of us for 2.5 hours before pulling the hook. No harness was used and we tired quickly. instead of switching off more, I kept the rod and was unable to maintain keeping the head turned. This fish was large. The drag on a tld 30 was set at 16#'s and there was no way to gain line. After bumping up to full, then we pissed it off, gained a bit more line and pulled the hook.

    That night my boy told me to use the full harness. I had it on the boat, but never used it. It makes sense as there are no rails on the boat and when there are few positions to gain arm relief and pull on the fish. The harness eliminates hand fatigue, good pressure on the fish, but lacks mobility.

    3rd day. Macs, 43. 120# leader. 8/0 mutu. HX raptor set to 30#'s of drag and a customer built 40# bait rod. We got bit, but the harness could not be applied mid fight. We ended up pinned to the lower unit. Luckily we didn't break the line even when the prop bounced off the rod. We got her under control and got the harness on right this time. DAMN that rod was bent, but I pumped her right to the boat. Bill was doing great keepin the grady in the right position. SHIT the leader is about 2 feet too long. OPPS. bring the fish up again and the rod breaks.
    I grab the leader and pull just so Bill can get a gaff in her, sink the second gaff. I try to tie a rope around it's tail, but every time the rope touched the tail the fish would freak.

    Threw it on the deck, Sweetest sound in the world,a PB hitting the deck of a boat that you own and drive.

    140# BFT

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  2. fish&snow

    fish&snow lurker

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    Right on! Congrats!
     
  3. SeaHawk IV

    SeaHawk IV Well-Known "Member"

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    Persistence and using your knowledge paid off. Awesome report and Congrats to your success.
     
  4. ?? fisherman

    ?? fisherman super Captain

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    Badass Art!!!!!

    Highly jealous right now.

    Perseverance pays off.......way to stick with it and get it done!!

    Huge congrats!

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
  5. Black-is-Back

    Black-is-Back Wishin i was Fishin

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    Awesome fish and great report with all the details.

    Congrats and thanks!
     
  6. silentsmell

    silentsmell Newbie

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    Perservance and persistence, rewarded.
     
  7. gved823

    gved823 Member

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    Great score man! The satisfaction of bringing your plan to a finish. Plus, the fish cooperated. Well done.
     
  8. beardog629

    beardog629 Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice fish Art!,,i was out with Dave "Baja Bum" yesterday, hooked up on one for about 1 minute and the hook pulled,,must really feel good to land one,
     
  9. jim isbell

    jim isbell Well-Known "Member"

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    Well done Art. Sounds like you did little, if any handoff of the rod. People tend to forget that if you do handoff, if you get a record fish--it is not a record--rod can't touch the rail and you can't hand off. I usually get my ass chewed at this point, pointing that out, but personally I couldn't care less if people hand off--I don't, just pointing out the IGFA rule of handling it yourself to qualify for a record.
    By the way, GREAT boat you got there, well done.
     
  10. gringofrijolero

    gringofrijolero gringofrijolero

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    Nice fish. Couple of words for you. Circle hooks, wind on leaders, wear your harness. IGFA record, really? Have there been 1500 plus fish around? You're using a 40# rated rod fishing 120# leader with 30# of drag? Ratings apply to line size not drag. Awesome fish, a gift. Big fish will find the weaknesses every time. Being prepared correctly is 90% of the battle. The other 10% is getting lucky and getting bit. Sounds like getting bit wasn't the problem.
     
  11. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Quality unreal, way to go guys!
     
  12. steelhead88

    steelhead88 Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence!

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    Great read and report, looks like a steep learning curve and persistence.... which ultimately paid off. A much deserved congratulations to you sir!
     
  13. Aliikai17

    Aliikai17 Member

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    Good Job! we hand off big fish all the time without worrying about ego or records. Way to stay with it!
     
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  14. Chrisben

    Chrisben Member

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    Great job beating the learning curve!!!
    Chris
     
  15. smallpond

    smallpond Member

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    I enjoy hooking and handing off only.
    Then I like to drive and yell. Like watching people get handled by fish and take pictures for them. I will however grab and fight anything I think is ono. Haven't caught one yet period. Yet alone a so cal version.
     
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  16. finsane

    finsane I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Paid yours dues and got a great bft.
    Congrats
     
  17. cksea

    cksea <*}}}<

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    well done Art. now go get one in the yak
     
  18. nutsnbolts

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    Well done and well deserved Art, I love your determination!
     
  19. lougio

    lougio Capt Lou

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    Way to stay after it and get it done! What day was this fish caught?
     
  20. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Cha-ching!
     

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