Have you have actually caught a Bluefin Tuna over 100lbs?

Deadlift500

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    I got a 150# BFT on an Intrepid 3 day trip back in May 2019 on 40# flyline setup. I got a 100# BFT on a recent 3 day trip on the Intrepid with the same 40# setup but using a sinker rig. Biggest fish on that trip was 241# caught on a sinker rig.
    That’s awesome! I did an extended 1.5 day on the Intrepid and it was fun and we got boat limits, but all fish were under 60lbs. According to their online fish reports some bigger ones were caught on the trip before and after.

    Your 150lber must have been quite a fight on 40lb
     
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    Deadlift500

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    Last year, after almost a 4 yr hiatus and I went in the fall and got my first ever BFT. October 1st to be exact on the Top Gun 85 2.5day trip. The fall is when the big fish are "normally around", spring, and summer is luck of the draw. My BFT was 148lbs at about 8-9pm on the first night of the trip. I used a no-name 7ft composite rod (no markings whatsoever) that I bought off the BD boards, a Tiburon SST 16 load to the brim with 100lbd solid spectra that I marked as I dropped down, and guess where 100 and 250 feet might have been, I used a 320gram kind flat fall/cigar shape jig that I bought for SPJ. The rigging on the jig was done by Johnny's Sport Shop in Pasadena using owner split rings to barrel swivels and an owner offshore 8 on top and a 10 at the bottom with a 4ft 200lbs mono leader.

    I just dropped into or passed the zone several times. The rod loaded up as I was winding up and that was it. The rod loaded up and I was hooked up and just kept girding. The crew didn't help because there were others hooked up and the kite got hit as well..... It was fire and within the hour, 4 beasts came over the rail. the largest was 245lbs. Most guys that worked all night were rewarded with limits of +100lbs BFT.

    As a note to the above. I, like many here, have been on my share of BFT cruises where no one hooked up, donuts for all. I am grateful for getting mine, but fishing is finicky and I just enjoy putting in the time and getting to go on the adventure. the rest is a bounes.

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    Thanks for sharing the details and congrats on a nice fish.
     
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    Deadlift500

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    Bagged a few fish over the last two seasons but that's only because I decided to specifically target them on open party boats or limited load private charters, starting in 2019. I realized these fish were sticking around for a bit since their food wasn't going anywhere, might as well give it a shot. Definitely unprecedented in my lifetime and the old salts will tell you the same thing, as I fish only a handful of open party boats I'm loyal to out of SD. I no longer do trips more than 2 days, I prefer flying down 3-4 times each season and booking multiple shorter trips. If you head out often enough, you'll find a majority of your YFT and BFT tuna brought over the rail will be football size up to 50-60 lbs grade. (educated guess for me is that I'm at a 4-1 ratio, school size vs bigger grade) I find that once they get to be 75-100+ or more, it's a different challenge to your game. Religiously put in your rail time, prepare your gear and mindset, because these large BFT will humble you in a heartbeat. The bigger ones will make short work of an inferior hook/knot or connection, school you the hard way if your reels are not serviced or your drag's not set properly, or just physically toast you for using the wrong rod and reel combination. (When you were forewarned by every captain and close angling friend, not to drop in with that rig!) Not to mention chew offs, occasional pulled hook, tangles with "that guy"' etc. 😂 The 140 lb'er was caught June 2021 on Ping's boat, Alicia Sportfishing out of H&M Landing. The 171 and change (gilled/gutted at 5 Star), was caught on the New Lo-An, July 2021. Custom Thrasher Rods TRMF-76H/Metaloid 12ii and spiral wrapped Thrasher CrowBar railrod/Andros 16ii, respectively. Both on 6 & 8 ounce sinker rig, 50-60 flouro leader with the sexiest sardine in the well, pinned to a Hayabusa #1 or 1/0 circle hook, Springer and SD jam knots, FG for leaders. (65 and 80 braid filled at SquidCo) Haven't officially caught a "Cow" yet and no real desire to. (Deckhands Ben and Sean on the NLA used the length/girth formula on the 171 and that fish came in just under?) No biggie, I'm kind of over it now and yes, we're definitely spoiled with this local BFT fishery ever since it emerged in late 2015/2016. I actually get more enjoyment taking newbies, financially challenged anglers and retired/active duty veterans out on fishing charters in order to catch school sized pelagics. (Which I'll get back on since COVID three a wrench in all kinds of opportunities) 🤔 Personally my favorite angling moment is hanging a 20-25+ lb yellowtail on an artificial, although nailing a solid YFT on the popper is always a close 2nd! So you should really book and get on that 5th trip this year, you're overdue for a triple digit BFT! Go get you some while the getting is better than good right now...😁

    CHECK your knots, WIND in your face, TIGHT lines and FOLLOW your fish! 🐟
    Thanks for the info and encouragement, you definitely got some nice fish.
     
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    Buttchaser

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    If you want bigger fish , take notes of what’s happening , moon phase , time a day , conditions ….. Early season bft is overrated the real fishing for the bigget grade usually picks up in July through November …. The early season hype is overrated…
    Grab a pen and paper and jot down some notes …
    You’ll see what I’m talking about…
     
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    Deadlift500

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    PB solo catch is 90lb, last year our kite rotation got a 250lb give or take. That cow wasn't even fun, one guy on the kite team had the rod once and said he didn't need any more of that smoke. Can't blame him, after a long day of catching fish, trying to wrestle a cow at sunset isn't even fun.
    Really, wow, I can’t imagine being anything but excited as heck getting to reel in a cow at this point, but have yet to have that experience so I don’t know what it is actually like.
     
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    bradnoble

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    In 1994 on the Vagabond I caught a 130 lb bluefin. I used a large egg sinker, 50 lb mono, and a 6/0 J hook. Took an hour, 3 times around the boat and no rail fighting back then, no 2 speed reels either, I had a Penn 4/0🤣.

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    Rubberhook2

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    Sometimes you just need to be in the right place at the right time and every bite is a fish over 100lbs.

    So much of this fishing is done at night on big gear (I fish 130lb at night) so best to try to get two full nights of jig fishing if possible

     
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    Anders1

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    I'm from Oregon, and I've booked two trips over the last two years - both trips in October. 2020 was a 2.5 on the new Lo Ann. Bonked a 185# and a 210# at twilight of the last night speed jigging, using the same jig as I use for Oregon albacore with just heavier gear. Last October got one over 200#;s on the Pacific Queen on a KB jig in KP. 2 trips, 3 fish near or over 200#'s. There were a couple sub-40 pounders I caught on that trip too. My belief is that the big ones are more prevalent late in the season.

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    Relax and just put your time in, they will come. Pay more attention to moon phase to book your trips starting with about 5 days before the full and also the new moon. Also , some boats are better at getting the larger fish than others. Try to pay attention to who they are.
     
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    please share if you have, and when where and on what you caught it as I bet many would be interested in reading about it.

    By the way, I’ve been on four 1.5 day or longer fishing trips out of San Diego so far this year, and no one on any of the boats during a trip I’ve been on has caught a fish larger than 60lbs. On two of the trips we quickly caught boat limits of bluefin the first night, but no fish over 60lbs.

    Good boats and overall fun trips, but it almost seems like the claims of people catching triple digit fish are an internet hoax considering that when I’ve been on four actual real life trips, with over 100 fellow anglers over the course of these four trips, and no-one I’ve seen with my own eyes actually catching a fish bigger than 60lbs.

    And it’s not like the big fish are getting away, I've never seen anyone get spooled, and a lot of the fellow anglers have good heavy $$$ gear like Penn 16 VISX or similar.

    So what’s the ”secret” to getting a big fish as opposed to the not so big ones? just being lucky? how common is it to actually catch a triple digit bluefin?

    Is it just that a few big fish caught that are then talked about and posted about so much that it gave me the impression catching a big tuna was more common than it actually is? Or have I just been unlucky to have not even caught a glimpse of a big tuna on four different trips?

    Edit, I’ve been on one 1.5 day, one extended 1.5 day, one 2.5 day, and one 3 day so far.
    Hey @$$face! It’s May and you’ve been out 4 times, why don’t you STFU.😆😆😆

    I’m just kidding. But seriously you can’t complain about the bluefin fishing going off right now. If it’ll eat a bait or jig, that is way more fun than flying a kite. I’ll take trips with good fishing up to 60lb grade over trips flying a kite for 200lbers, just my 02. I hate being in kite jail.

    Also, this may trigger a lot of people but kite fish on PARTY boats don’t count. It’s a troll fish, its fin should get docked so everyone knows your shame😆. You know what I mean, that fish should have an * by it and you shouldn’t be able to pose for pictures next to it with impunity😂😂😂.

    I’m sorry, forgive me guys, I’m just being salty. It’s because it’s a long weekend, and I’m not out fishing bc I got “the eye”. For all you single people, no, it’s not pinkeye. It’s worse, it’s the eye that doesn’t let you go fishing even when you have the time and the money😬.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Yesterday we were having to move to try and find smaller fish that we had a chance of landing! I had an estimated #150 break off yesterday at the boat after the line rubbed on the hull on 60# and had a biggun just about spool me on 80# before he chewed through, again, yesterday! We did land an estimated 185# and a 200# and a few others over 100#. My best on that trip was 80-90#.

    I've caught 2 BFT over 100#... a 128# on a jig and a 226# on the kite.
     
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    please share if you have, and when where and on what you caught it as I bet many would be interested in reading about it.

    By the way, I’ve been on four 1.5 day or longer fishing trips out of San Diego so far this year, and no one on any of the boats during a trip I’ve been on has caught a fish larger than 60lbs. On two of the trips we quickly caught boat limits of bluefin the first night, but no fish over 60lbs.

    Good boats and overall fun trips, but it almost seems like the claims of people catching triple digit fish are an internet hoax considering that when I’ve been on four actual real life trips, with over 100 fellow anglers over the course of these four trips, and no-one I’ve seen with my own eyes actually catching a fish bigger than 60lbs.

    And it’s not like the big fish are getting away, I've never seen anyone get spooled, and a lot of the fellow anglers have good heavy $$$ gear like Penn 16 VISX or similar.

    So what’s the ”secret” to getting a big fish as opposed to the not so big ones? just being lucky? how common is it to actually catch a triple digit bluefin?

    Is it just that a few big fish caught that are then talked about and posted about so much that it gave me the impression catching a big tuna was more common than it actually is? Or have I just been unlucky to have not even caught a glimpse of a big tuna on four different trips?

    Edit, I’ve been on one 1.5 day, one extended 1.5 day, one 2.5 day, and one 3 day so far.
    From my experience when tuna bite they are usually all in the same size class. If you guys have a school with the boat and the first fish landed is 30# then they are probably all similar in size. A 250# fish would eat a 15# so I would imagine the little guys try and stay clear of them. Not seeing a 100+on only 4 trips is not unusual, 4 is not a lot of trips. I went on 24 trips last year and on only two were the fish we were hooking over 100#. The vast majority of big fish Ive seen caught are on the kite, its hard to get a bait to swim fishing 80# flouro. Ive caught one right around 100# and a 120# both on a flat fall jig.
     
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    Deadlift500

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    From my experience when tuna bite they are usually all in the same size class. If you guys have a school with the boat and the first fish landed is 30# then they are probably all similar in size. A 250# fish would eat a 15# so I would imagine the little guys try and stay clear of them. Not seeing a 100+on only 4 trips is not unusual, 4 is not a lot of trips. I went on 24 trips last year and on only two were the fish we were hooking over 100#. The vast majority of big fish Ive seen caught are on the kite, its hard to get a bait to swim fishing 80# flouro. Ive caught one right around 100# and a 120# both on a flat fall jig.
    You went on 24 trips last year? I guess two a month, living the dream!

    What do you think about another poster’s above suggestion that sometimes the bigger ones are down below a school of smaller ones? Ever try dropping extra deep for a big one?

    And that one in twelve trips for a triple digit fish statistic is helpful, thank you
     
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    Hey @$$face! It’s May and you’ve been out 4 times, why don’t you STFU.😆😆😆

    I’m just kidding. But seriously you can’t complain about the bluefin fishing going off right now. If it’ll eat a bait or jig, that is way more fun than flying a kite. I’ll take trips with good fishing up to 60lb grade over trips flying a kite for 200lbers, just my 02. I hate being in kite jail.

    Also, this may trigger a lot of people but kite fish on PARTY boats don’t count. It’s a troll fish, its fin should get docked so everyone knows your shame😆. You know what I mean, that fish should have an * by it and you shouldn’t be able to pose for pictures next to it with impunity😂😂😂.

    I’m sorry, forgive me guys, I’m just being salty. It’s because it’s a long weekend, and I’m not out fishing bc I got “the eye”. For all you single people, no, it’s not pinkeye. It’s worse, it’s the eye that doesn’t let you go fishing even when you have the time and the money😬.
    My wife is Asian... I get the eye if I don't go. She always wants fish.
     
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    272 tape measured. Her sister was 266 so 272 doesn't sound to far off. I was lucky enough to have 18 over 100, 3 over 200 last season. I had a 2.5 day trip in May(1 over 150) a 1.5 in June did lots of hook and handing (9 over 100), a full day charter where we had 6, 2 over 100, 2 over 180, 2 over 250, and a 3 day trip in september where I was lucky enough to get 1 over 160 and lose 2 others. They are out there. Been fishing for 17 years (I'm 18) and I got my first one over 100lbs after 15 years on the water.
     
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    272 tape measured. Her sister was 266 so 272 doesn't sound to far off. I was lucky enough to have 18 over 100, 3 over 200 last season. I had a 2.5 day trip in May(1 over 150) a 1.5 in June did lots of hook and handing (9 over 100), a full day charter where we had 6, 2 over 100, 2 over 180, 2 over 250, and a 3 day trip in september where I was lucky enough to get 1 over 160 and lose 2 others. They are out there. Been fishing for 17 years (I'm 18) and I got my first one over 100lbs after 15 years on the water.
    Nice, is that a Penn Visx 16 or 20 in the pic?
     
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