How big is this fish

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by vincentek9, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. vincentek9

    vincentek9 halibut suck

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    Fished middle backside SCI with the massive parking lot. Only managed 1 fish but that's all we needed to fill the cooler. 77" fork length. 56" girth. Couldn't fit the fish whole in cooler or kill bag to get a weight on a certified scale. How much do you think this weighs? Some online fish calculators say this one put me in the 300# BFT club.

    Hooked at 7:40PM. 3 man quick tag team. Gaffed at 8:06PM. Yanked into the boat at 8:25PM (after lots of struggling)
    We couldn't hold the fish vertical so we had to lay on the floor to take pictures.

    The important details:
    Okuma Makaira 30IISEA. 130# threadlock & 130# fluoro wind-on leader. Drags set to 35# at strike on digital scale
    Phenix Black Diamond Hybrid PHD760X2H
    200g flatfall glow/silver with Williamson Armored Dynamic assist hooks (10/0 8/0 combo). line tied to the barrel swivel provided by the assist hooks.
    Fish bit on a complete free-spool drop at 40 seconds (roughly 200' of line out with a big of angle to the line). It matched the marks we were seeing at 180'. No jigging. No wind & stop. Nothing fancy. I basically just bonked this thing on the head with a piece of metal.
    Hooks held strong. 8/0 was inside bottom lower jaw. 10/0 was on outside lower jaw.



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  2. Capt.C.Delany

    Capt.C.Delany Club a Sea Lion, not a Sandwich.

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    length X girth squared / 800 = 301.84 That should put you within 10%...
     
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  3. Surfersteve79

    Surfersteve79 Newbie

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    Wow way to go! I think I’m going to rig one of my flat falls with a hook on the nose similar to your set up in case Charlie wants to try to spit it. That’s a a fish of a lifetime! I’m headed out there Tuesday night myself and while it be awesome to get a fish that big I don’t have a place to store all that potential meat!
     
  4. PE Pete

    PE Pete Tight lines PE Pete

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    Epic fish bro...
     
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  5. CardShark

    CardShark Member

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    Wow, that's a beast!
     
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  6. SaltH20Angler

    SaltH20Angler Well-Known "Member"

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    Good luck back there! If you need help finding someone to help you take some of that delicious meat off your hands you let me know and I'll meet you somewhere to help process the catch. I have an empty shelf for you in my standup freezer. Shoot... I'll even haul away the carcass for you.:D
     
  7. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    NICE ONE!..ok 275 Bled? lmao
     
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  8. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    WOW! Nice fish!

    Many landings and fuel dock have certified scales, also Avalon....
     
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  9. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    BIG!
     
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  10. bassmeister

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    Bigger than anything I got this weekend .

    Nice fish guys!
     
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  11. charliecat

    charliecat on a fishin' mission

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    Nice job on keeping the fish turned and not let it turn into a 8 hour heartbreak!... Don't ask me how I know...
     
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  12. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Congratulations and great team work, not letting that one sink.

    It's been bugging me, so I'm going to say it.
    Quit ruining a good picture with that "hang loose gesture" guys.
     
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  13. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  14. surfgoose

    surfgoose active geezer

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    I love it! Congrats on an exceptional fish!
     
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  15. Trayscool

    Trayscool Captain

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    Wicked Tuna SoCal

    Thats a hell of a fish
     
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  16. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    x2

    Too much weight discussion. It's just frigging BIG, and more tuna than one family can eat in a year.
     
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  17. yellowfish26

    yellowfish26 Totally Nude 24/7

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    The only way in to the 300 lb club is to kill the fish by yourself. If its tag teamed you can say "I helped catch one" but its not your personal best.
     
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  18. Shimano Penn

    Shimano Penn Well-Known "Member"

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    Serious question, how did you get it on board? With these things getting bigger by the day and everyone with anything that floats going after them I keep waiting to read the headline "Small boat capsizes boating big BFT". I mean three 200# guys go to the rail and pull on a 250# fish...
    From the photo it looks like a cut transom, is that where you pulled it up?
     
  19. vincentek9

    vincentek9 halibut suck

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    I can understand that. My buddies have had a series of skunked trips this season so I don't mind letting them turn the handle on this fish. Looks like I'm still in the 40# BFT club.




    Took 3 guys with 3 solid secure gaffs in the head/mouth to bring it over a 23 parker. Fish was tail wrapped in case we slipped or dropped the fish back in the water. The boat had a transom bracket but we didn't want the fish to crush any wires or cables back there. At one point we got stuck with the fish at the 45% mark and had to jam our knees/feet onto the gunnel for extra leverage.
    I can totally see 2-3 big guys standing in the back corner of a small CC boat trying to pull a big fish up and having the trip turn into very bad news, and I hope it never happens to anyone. If the fish is too much, maybe radio in for help, or just drag it by the tail.
     
  20. Axanthicsurf

    Axanthicsurf Newbie

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    Very informative post, nice fish!
     
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