August 2016 181 Taped out at 225# Dana Point weighed 207# gilled and gutted Popper 1X broken gaff 60# fluoro Axis 820XH Avet JX Raptor 60# braid Captain Steve Fisher Frank Human Gaff me Picked up a cyclone of birds on the gyros and we made our run towards them. At first sight we thought they were huge porpoises or seals but within seconds realized these were the big boys, 200# plus each, crashing on a bait ball, 100' x 100' school. For 10-15 minutes we tried to ease into casting distance only to see them move further out. We were by ourselves so there was no pressure to chase them so Steve picked a spot, turned off the engine and we waited. Within a few minutes, like magic the bait ball and the school headed straight at us like we were a magnet. They came in so fast that Frank cast beyond the whole school while I cast right in front of them. My popper disappears from the surface and I see a tuna that looks like a missile with my popper in it's mouth heading straight towards us. I can't crank the line tight so in a panic or desperate instinct I swing on it only to see my popper rise to the surface. Seconds later, Frank is on but his fish makes only one short run and starts to circle Steve's Champion 21. Within 20 minutes it's almost at color so we figure it's a smaller unit but as it surfaces we can't believe the massive size. I get handed the metal gaff, stick it and woke this fish up. It shook two of us at first then twisted me like a rag doll as I was slammed to the floor at the bow. I don't think this fish knew or cared it was hooked in the beginning. It tried to dive under the boat and instantly bent and broke the gaff in half. I was holding onto the hook of the busted gaff and dangling on the side yelling and waiting for the other gaff. Finally with two gaffs in, we still couldn't get him over the bow so we pulled him to the stern. Along the way we could've been easily pulled in or something gone awfully wrong but grace was on our side. This boy was destined for sashimi. The rest you can see on video.