Short story - bring the heavy string Long story - Went on the Avet sponsored overnight trip fishing 5/16. The Avet rep was generous enough to raffle off 2 very nice reels and give hats to all 28 anglers, nice start to the trip. As we were exiting Mission Bay, holy cow was it washing machine conditions. The 7 - 8 second short period swell was pumping in, wasn't long till a number of folks were green. Really crappy seas until about 3:00 am, then it began to lay down. Slow start to the day, though tons of life - bait balls and dolphins all over the place, but no tuna. We finally located a school that wanted to play early in the afternoon, which stuck with us for about 2 hours. Nice show, jumping fish, crashing on a popper, showing really well on the meter down to 300 feet deep. Lots of disappointed anglers though. First 8 fish hooked for the boat came unbuttoned, as these were nice sized units which tested every possible weak link in the chain. I had the 9th and final BFT hookup of the day on a modified flat fall (thank you Breck at Hogan's in Dana Point for the modification suggestion) with 50 lb. test, had the fish to gaff in 15 minutes. It hit on the sink about 180 feet down. I took the standard hooks off the flat fall, as I was frustrated from losing a few large bluefin last year by coming unbuttoned, and replaced them a single 11/0 hook. Stoked to land another nice one this year, the lack of fish in the counts certainly does not represent the opportunity to catch a trophy fish. I think I was lucky to have hooked one of the smaller units, this one taped out at almost 60, I bet a number of the other hooked fish were in the 100+ category, we saw those fishing jumping clear out of the water. Leave the light shit at home, you need a setup capable of hurting very mean tuna. Enjoy the photo of the stomach contents - no surprise to see all the red crab and chummed sardines. I haven't fished the Eclipse for a couple of years, I must say I was totally impressed with Adam the captain. He had a guy on the top with glasses all day, and 2 folks in the wheel house on the glasses as well. I liked his demeanor and drive to put us on the fish. Unfortunately I don't remember the cook's name, but huevos rancheros for breakfast, incredible pork sandwiches with potato salad for lunch, and Chinese chicken salad for dinner was really good, long range quality eatings. I will fish with these guys again for sure.