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

CI_SeaWolf

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    Tom Farrell
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    This is mine from last week, 158 pounds, gilled, bled, and gutted. I gassed out during the fight… these fish are mean

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    gernsey

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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.
    Here are a few of the nicer ones I have landed in local waters.

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    hot tuna

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    Like others have posted, Bluefin fishing can be very unpredictable. Sure the night time jig bite can be the equalizer when they drop their guard. Daytime fishing can be hit or miss on weighted bait or casting jigs as they go lock jaw.

    Once they start keying in on the flyers the daytime kite flying can reward with the bigger models. Seems like that season starts around the end of June but no guarantees.
    For that reason, we have gone with chartering small 6 pack or 4 pack trips for opportunity.
    Big fish happen!
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    Clemente trench
    My lady got the bigger fish
     
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    escorounder

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    170# June 6th 2.5 day on the Top Gun 80
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    80# depth hunter with 80# bob sands 25' flouro wind on
    250g bridled shimano kp ff with 13/0 ringed L2004
    20 min fight started at the bow, when I got to the stern I dropped to a knee and put the wood to him. Trust your gear, trust your connections and dont be afraid to pull. Be prepared with heavy gear, if you dont have it, rent it.
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    Omarkayak

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    Um, no. Will there be anything else?
     
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    Hustler

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    lowprofile

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    I think admin should just kill this post - a whole lot of us have got them. It’s turned into a slideshow. All good. 🤙
    It’s entertainment.
    They should pin a few threads for the 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300lb tuna pics and the posters can choose weather or not to give info. Something to keep the place alive with more than “where were you?” Posts
     
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    gutshotaz

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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.
    I caught my very first BFT, gut and gilled at 87.5. Should be close to 100lb, if not just above, when fresh on board. On 1.5 day T-Bird. Only fish landed though. See my post and video of the story.
     
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    Last year 2 - 120 lb caught on the Polaris supreme. 1-190 lb on the outrider! Three weeks ago handed two over 100 lbs to my grandson , after that he said he did not want anymore hand offs and hooked and landed this 170 lb on his own ! Boat was the outrider 2 1/2 dayer . Last year when I marked my line every 100 ft really helped my catch rate !!

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