My First Bluefin EVER!!!

Mercedes

Newbie
Jun 17, 2021
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Mercedes
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I dont have a boat
I just started off-shore fishing with my husband last month. He started me out on a half-day boat, and I was hooked! We booked another half-day almost immediately...and then another. We were just going for rockfish, but I kept seeing other boats come in with BIG fish. My husband told me the big fish were Bluefin, and we'd need to go on a full-day boat to try and catch one. So I booked a full-day boat LOL and it paid off!!! I know it was probably beginners luck, but I brought home a 60+lbs BLUEFIN. I will never forget the feeling when I saw my fish nearing the surface, but the feeling I got once my fish was on deck and the fight was over was INSANE.

We went fishing out of H&M Landing in San Diego, on the Grande (07/03/21). There were 35 anglers and the fish count was: 14 Bluefin, 1 Yellowfin. The crew was awesome, and I loved talking to other anglers on the boat, who I learned so much from....such a rad community of people with a badass hobby!

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surfgoose

active geezer
  • Jul 29, 2010
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    Gary
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    whichever has the longest bunk
    Congratulations to you, for your excellent catch! And congratulations to your husband for having excellent taste in women! My fishing wife and I are having our 50th anniversary in a couple of months. Couples that bond while fishing and hunting tend to weld the most powerful relationships.
     
    Mercedes
    Mercedes
    Thank you so much! We just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. I'm very happy to have found a new hobby we get to do together. I just wish I'd taken him up on his offer to go fishing SOONER! Happy early Anniversary to you and your wife! 🥰
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    Blackfish

    Marble collector.
    Sep 20, 2005
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    toy
    Congrats. You are going to be spoiled for life. Many have fished their entire life and never hooked up to a tuna of that size. Especially right off the beach. Congrats, and thanks for the post.
     
    Mercedes
    Mercedes
    Thank you so much! I know I got lucky, and I love and appreciate ever bit of tuna in my freezer. 🤩
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    bdubs73

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    Feb 7, 2008
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    Brian
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    Congratulations and welcome to the tribe. Like everyone else has mentioned, thats an awesome sized fish that many anglers wait years to catch. That feeling when the fish hits the deck is pretty incredible! I feel sorry for your bank account, the fever is real!
     
    Mercedes
    Mercedes
    I don't even want to add up what we've spent in the last month since I started fishing!

    I bought myself Aftco gear and Xtrtuf's before our first trip on 6/5/21, then:

    $ - 3 half-day trips
    $ - 1 full-day trip
    $ - Rental Rods for each trip
    $ - Line, sinkers, etc......
    $ - picking up my 1st rod and reel tomorrow 🤩🎣
    $ - I booked us another 1/2 day this Sunday

    💸💸💸 :oops:
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    2Rotten

    Live in Oregon/Love to Fish San Diego!
    Jan 10, 2010
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    Rod Lathrop
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    24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
    Fabulous! Amy and I (together since July '82) are doing our first Long Range trip together this October 2 - 12 on Intrepid. Can't wait! I have been doing a few 2-3 day trips this past couple years, you are so right, Addictive! I hit my biggest BFT so far on Tomahawk in May. Hoping Amy can hook something like this in October!
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    pacificscout

    Hey! You got any frozen ice?
  • Jul 28, 2012
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    Wally
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    16ft Scout EMBUSTERO
    Mercedes,
    You guys can keep your eyes open for good deals in the classified or post what you are looking for as in gear for some good prices at times.
     
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    NoBalance

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    Jul 30, 2016
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    Nick
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    Invader 183 Fisherman
    That's a great fish, and your attitude is bad ass!

    I've been trying with my wife forever -

    What convinced you?!
     
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    Mercedes
    Mercedes
    He bugged me for about a year to go with him on a boat. He loves fishing, and said he wanted me to join him.

    I love trying new restaurants. I said I'd go with him, if he took me to somewhere new! We've been a little too busy fishing, for him to hold up his end of the deal. This week was our 14th Anniversary and we're going out tomorrow night....and then fishing on Sunday! It's all about balance. 👍
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    AndyJ

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    May 8, 2008
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    Andy Jakubas
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    1984 Cobalt DV 18.5
    Congrats on the big bluefin and a lifetime of fishing memories to come. My wife has been outfishing me for 40 years.
     
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    Mercedes
    That's rad! My husband is so happy I fell in love with his hobby, and the memories are already amazing.
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