Offshore I cursed myself. Stupid big bluefin tunas report 7/19

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"As you can see, a lot of other boats around here--very crowded area."
(Pan to empty ocean spackled with foamers).

Lesson in there.
 
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Great report, and oddly enough I also agree, I would prefer to find paddy yellowtail or some great calico fishing, or even 20-40 pound yellowfin on bait rather than using all of the big gear.(however, I would like to hook one on the right gear one day to put the favor back on my side) Thanks for all of your Writing Erik, you share tons of info from years on the water that some of us with land jobs may never get to experience. I appreciate the time you take to write these.
 
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Great report! I am new to this San Diego Tuna fishing. I had a very similar experience last weekend with the same size gear and a monster tuna. Interestingly enough it ended the same way, the fish is in the pacific somewhere after an 1 hour 15 minute battle. 80 lb braid exploded and the fish was gone. I wouldn't have played it any other way. Plenty of great tips in your write-up thank you!
 
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you fuckers that say I'd rather fish bass remind me of someone I've fished with quite a few times...he used to spout that nonsense about rather be bass fishing .....then one day he had an experience much this one.
he went on and on about the foamers the line screaming off the reels etc...I loved listening to him relate how cool it was..you all know him....lol
 
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Great write up Erik .

We struck out yesterday. We started at the same area all the others were at. Later finding our own fish all alone. My thought is, while I don't particularly enjoy fighting a giant for an extended amount of time. I do prefer to land them when I do!
 
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Dan Salazar

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Your post was very informative and I've learned a lot. I knew about the idea of playing in the fish it's a typical technique that used in Mexico on the big blue and black marlins which go dead Via heart attack. I personally prefer catching big fish on Skiffs as opposed to sport boats.
Great post.
 
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RyanErb

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    Great info as always! Perhaps if you had a 5ft stick, 50 wide reel, 200lb braid, and you could land the tuna in 15 minutes, it might be more fun haha just make sure you've been eating your wheaties!
     
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    Killerskiff

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    That was a great write up and like the way you roll (smart decisions). Even though you didn't deck it and got your ass kicked, I still think it was great day to say the least. My PB BFT was 135 on the queen with 30 LB Izor, on a Newell 332, 3 1/2 hours of pure pain but it can be done. Moral of the story, don't hunt bears with a BB guns...
     
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    surfgoose

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    Thanks, Erik! Great report and excellent pictures. Throwing the hook is always a heartbreaker. I was interested to read your description of the boat tactics used. In the several fights with big fish that I have been in from the back of cruisers, the captains all pivoted the boat so that the stern was pointed at the fish, and the fish was kept at an angle to the boat so that the line was bowed in the water -- tight, but with a definite belly in the line, not just pointed straight at the fish. I talked with one captain about it after the fight, and he showed me his plotter. It was a giant concentric circle, showing how he had pivoted around the fish (a 400-ish blue marlin) during the whole fight, and told me that he wanted to fish to fight the drag of the line in the water more than a straight pulling contest with the fisherman. Your method seems like a very valid variation on the theme.
     
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    Great info as always! Perhaps if you had a 5ft stick, 50 wide reel, 200lb braid, and you could land the tuna in 15 minutes, it might be more fun haha just make sure you've been eating your wheaties!
    Make sure Matt eats his Wheaties. I like driving the boat it’s much less physically taxing lol
     
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    Chuck Roast

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    Nothing like going bass fishing and have a huge tuna do a job on you, sounds like alot of fun to me, and a great story! Thanks for sharing, great story, enjoyable read.
     
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    fishpainter

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    It was fun for about 5 minutes. Those big ones are bullshit. When we slid up on the first foamer i said "this is scary"...this size of fish is not my cup of tea.You guys can catch all the giants..leave the kelp beds to us..and the rod and reel held up perfect..just completely out classed.
     
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    998R

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    Trinidad’s have been engineered to make people who buy them type baseless claims on web forums. Something about the finish used in manufacturing.


    You make no sense. I’ve slayed multiple fish with Trinidad and Tranx in record time.

    You must be a penn fanboy
     
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    You make no sense. I’ve slayed multiple fish with Trinidad and Tranx in record time.

    You must be a penn fanboy
    I know this isn’t directed at my comment but I just wanted to put out there that I was joking in my original post.
    Trinidads are great reels but a Trinidad 20 is no better suited for fighting a 200 pound tuna than the 25n fathom. Neither reel produces sufficient drag to fight that size fish in the manner we were fighting it. We were significantly exceeding the reel’s maximum drag capability by holding the spool with both hands to prevent line from coming off it. We knew that this was a high risk strategy but neither of us were interested in fighting the thing for two or three hours. Pulling the hook was not an unexpected result of the extreme pressure we put on it during the hour we fought it. Our fault, not the rod or reel’s...
     
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