Landing a 200 pound bluefin on a bass boat

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  1. dtfisherman

    dtfisherman GONE FISHING

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    August 2016
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    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.
     
  2. Ohfreak

    Ohfreak Newbie

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    Awesome stuff!
     
  3. JustOneCast

    JustOneCast Arnold

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    Tail rope that monster! :rockin::cheers::appl:
     
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  4. strackle99

    strackle99 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great fish
     
  5. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    F'n NUTS!!!!
     
  6. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    I guess some of my lame reports weren’t so late after all.
     
  7. wils

    wils lazy-ass well known "member"

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    fully expecting the gaff to rip out and get the guy in the face.....
     
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  8. fishsmith

    fishsmith Captain

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    Nice fish but, it took you a long time to edit that video!
     
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  9. Holi-e-Mackeral

    Holi-e-Mackeral Holi-e-Mackeral

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    Great catch,

    There were some huge fish caught on small boats... One of the largest is this 262# blufin caught in July 2016 by Greg C on his 18 cc.. This video has been posted before, but if you have not seen it.. you will enjoy it.. Gopro from cast to landing.

     
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  10. dtfisherman

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    3rd guy was recording and had only one arm working(injured). Disabled but still able to find the fish!
     
  11. dtfisherman

    dtfisherman GONE FISHING

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    In the moment, your adrenalines in full control so that thought didn't register until days later. Btw, that's my face! We have 3 gaffs on board now so no more taking chances...
     
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  12. Randy V

    Randy V Slamma Jamma

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    Nice.
     
  13. HookEmDanO

    HookEmDanO Huhuhuge member

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    funny...august 2016?

    what ya just happened to remember ya went fishing 18 months ago? :rofl:

    still nice fish...
     
  14. Fishdood

    Fishdood Fishgistics

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    Phone was dropped in the ocean and recovered over a year and half later obviously.
     
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    dtfisherman GONE FISHING

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    Shared the vid with friends the past year. Board seemed a little quiet so I decided to share it with a few more friends here. Just remember, don't try this at home :-D
     

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