Humbled. Grateful. Appreciative. Personal Best bluefin, twice.

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  1. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Short version: lost a bunch, caught a bunch, with 2 over 100 pounds. Got them weighed at Fishermans Processing with one at 118 and other ar 138.5. (Thought they were bigger as we all do, but wanted to get official weight).




    Long version: Starting to sound like a broken record, but what an amazing fishing season it has been thus far. It just gets better and better.

    I got back into fishing last year solely for the purpose spending more time with my dad and family.

    The other day, I had the opportunity to take out my uncle and my little 10 year old cousin who had never caught a bluefin. My friend James went along as well. With high hopes, I told them bluefin fishing is either on or off, but I'll do my best. As much as we all love "catching," we should be reminded that's it's not so much about the end prize but rather to fall in love and enjoy the process. From trip planning, getting tackle ready, packing food, getting rest the night before, the anticipation, getting clothes ready, gas, etc....fish or not, enjoy the process. Believe it or not, fishing is a team sport and it was a collective effort, especially from little Grayson!



    Gear I've been using for these bluefin:
    10 foot jig stick with talica 12 2 speed, 50lb mono
    Stella's with shimano ocea plugger rods and other popping rods
    Trinidad 40n for jigging
    Trinidad 20 dc with 50lb mono for iron/popping

    Every inch counts when it comes to the cast and hence why these spinning reels come in handy. You can cast 100lb spectra tied to 100lb fluro with ease and set heavy pressure on them. Surprisingly bringing them to the boat much faster than conventional reels.

    Let me make this clear, by no means and I a professional or expert in this field. I'm just a normal guy who goes fishing for fun and sharing with what works for me and in high hopes that my info can help others catch more fish.







    In terms of tackle, they bit on everything and have been eating more "variety." Got them on irons, flat falls, poppers, macs, Colts, orca poppers, halcos, ranger poppers, and everything. Ironically, I don't have a tackle box and use a diaper box and zip lock bags.

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    Our plan was to work the 302/371 but were stopped way short as I caught a small splash in the corner of my eye.... Made a hard turn and upon closer inspection of a single boil, led to a field of foaming bluefin.

    Not sure if pics are in order but we caught fish outside the boils as well so make sure to work the area around it too.

    And yes, we suffered many casualties but managed to work our way through it.

    Hands down, the best part of this trip was watching the father-son duo fight there first bluefin together and to catch it on camera is priceless.

    Interesting thing (good thing) about my little 10 year cousin is that he did not care about the line at all....he just pulled as hard as he could and to surprise , line never snapped and got the fish to the boat better than i thought he would.


    We then proceeded to keep fishing and found school after school. Then I hooked on to the bigger ones and landed them on popper, flat fall, and bait.

    Like always, lost a few to land one. First big one came on deck and we were shocked how big it was. As "fisherman" we all thought it was bigger....like 150 but on the scale it was 118. Then next fish came up and was even bigger!!!!! Got the bigger one on 60lb and at some point, we weren't gaining and said fuck it and buttoned down the drag. Again, to surprise, line didn't snap but there was nothing we could do. Just gotta pull.


    Another amazing trips in books. Grateful and humbled by these experiences and seeing the bond between father and son growing through a sport we all love. This was on Tuesday by the way. The 60-70lbers did not make the pictures this time lol

    Also, I've been having tons of inquires for charters but unfortunately I will not be doing them and have zero interest getting back in the game. However, there are a few great 4 packs and 6 packs doing these trips. Thank you all for reading and commenting.


    Uncle Bobby, and Grayson, if youre reading this…. it was an honor to share the rail with you guys and I had an amazing time. Thank you for the hospitality and look forward to more trips in both our lifetimes.
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  2. collector21

    collector21 Time to fish.

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    beautiful, just beautiful.
     
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  3. get some

    get some So Cal Editor BD Writer

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    Good work bud!
     
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  4. kbray001

    kbray001 Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome report and fish!!!
     
  5. Erawk

    Erawk Get bent!

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    Nice job, Billy. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Great going there man!! Your are living right. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. muledeer07

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    Simply amazing. The family pictures should be up on the wall. Excellent post, thank you. The amount of fat in those steaks is unbelievable.
     
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    Thanks for the fine post and sharing your stoke! :)
     
  9. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    Wow, congrats! Awesome fish!

    Thanks for the report!
     
  10. Bad Andy

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    Great post and report. Hopefully nothing broke down, as I see a box wrench in one of the photos.
     
  11. Bad Andy

    Bad Andy Newbie

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    duplicate post. -Deleted
     
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  12. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Ridiculous that's all I can say! Great job and great attitude!!!
     
  13. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

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    FKN A, pardon my French. Cudos on getting errrr done.
     
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    what is the size of the stella Reel you were using
     
  16. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    10k, 14k, and 20k
     
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  17. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks!
     
  18. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thank you!

    Really enjoyed reading your article last week about enjoying every step of the process. Hit too close to home!

    Thanks again!
     
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  19. Fishinjunkie

    Fishinjunkie Well-Known "Member"

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    Freaking awesome Billy! Glad your nephew got to pull on these brute BF. Great memories for sure.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! What a great experience!
     

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