Giant BFT Snippet

Bob_NH

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Dec 21, 2015
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New Hampshire
Name
Bob
Boat
N/A
Slightly north of the Mass border, but with the skimpy posts thought some might find this one of interest.

NOAA put a rare, temporary hold on the Bluefin Tuna "General" a.k.a. commercial season to conserve quota. This hold expired Sept 1. During this period no bluefin greater than 73" could be kept.

Sensing we would have the waters to ourselves we launched from Rye NH at a civilized hour, jigged mackeral enroute, then set up on Scantum Ledge. Just before the first tide change we marked two fish on a passing herring school; second later double hookup. One turned out to be a shark judging from the biteoff, the other came unbuttoned after a screaming first run. After that all quiet into the afternoon.

Hoping to change things up we shifted to another spot a few miles away. Hour before the second tide change the bait at 120' went off. Fire drill of drop anchor, grab kite, clear lines, get client into harness, and go. First time on a BFT and first time doing serious standup the client did a great job. After 40 min lip gaffed, and measured at 73", then 72", then 72 AGAIN. Thru the gate, on the deck, and at 72 1/2" just squeaked. Estimate 240lb. Client dutifully ate a portion of the heart.

Lots more boats out these days but still catching when things come together.

Capt. Bob Weathersby
Seacoast Nh Sportfishing

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Steward Daye

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Oct 25, 2014
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Name
Hotel California
Boat
Robalo
Slightly north of the Mass border, but with the skimpy posts thought some might find this one of interest.

NOAA put a rare, temporary hold on the Bluefin Tuna "General" a.k.a. commercial season to conserve quota. This hold expired Sept 1. During this period no bluefin greater than 73" could be kept.

Sensing we would have the waters to ourselves we launched from Rye NH at a civilized hour, jigged mackeral enroute, then set up on Scantum Ledge. Just before the first tide change we marked two fish on a passing herring school; second later double hookup. One turned out to be a shark judging from the biteoff, the other came unbuttoned after a screaming first run. After that all quiet into the afternoon.

Hoping to change things up we shifted to another spot a few miles away. Hour before the second tide change the bait at 120' went off. Fire drill of drop anchor, grab kite, clear lines, get client into harness, and go. First time on a BFT and first time doing serious standup the client did a great job. After 40 min lip gaffed, and measured at 73", then 72", then 72 AGAIN. Thru the gate, on the deck, and at 72 1/2" just squeaked. Estimate 240lb. Client dutifully ate a portion of the heart.

Lots more boats out these days but still catching when things come together.

Capt. Bob Weathersby
Seacoast Nh Sportfishing

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Slightly north of the Mass border, but with the skimpy posts thought some might find this one of interest.

NOAA put a rare, temporary hold on the Bluefin Tuna "General" a.k.a. commercial season to conserve quota. This hold expired Sept 1. During this period no bluefin greater than 73" could be kept.

Sensing we would have the waters to ourselves we launched from Rye NH at a civilized hour, jigged mackeral enroute, then set up on Scantum Ledge. Just before the first tide change we marked two fish on a passing herring school; second later double hookup. One turned out to be a shark judging from the biteoff, the other came unbuttoned after a screaming first run. After that all quiet into the afternoon.

Hoping to change things up we shifted to another spot a few miles away. Hour before the second tide change the bait at 120' went off. Fire drill of drop anchor, grab kite, clear lines, get client into harness, and go. First time on a BFT and first time doing serious standup the client did a great job. After 40 min lip gaffed, and measured at 73", then 72", then 72 AGAIN. Thru the gate, on the deck, and at 72 1/2" just squeaked. Estimate 240lb. Client dutifully ate a portion of the heart.

Lots more boats out these days but still catching when things come together.

Capt. Bob Weathersby
Seacoast Nh Sportfishing

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