Pacific Queen goes legendary!!!

Singhdrew an

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This is my first post on BD, but I was also on this trip. Pretty epic. I also may have been the guy who let you borrow my setup, but my name isn't Alex haha. Either way, it's always nice to help each other out when we can. I hooked up both my bluefin on the retrieve. Fish were between 180 and 320 feet deep. First fish I hooked in the eyeball with a 250g shimano flat fall with a 13/0 VMC 7264 hook re rigged with 500lb kevlar assist cord tied directly to a the solid ring (the jig itself is attached by split ring). After I let *I assume this gentleman* borrow my setup, the crew gave me their setup with the worn out daiwa SK with 0 paint on it. Got smashed on the retrieve on my first drop. After that, I was done fishing and just enjoyed watching everyone else hook up and land fish. Here are some of my pictures.

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dctalk523

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This is my first post on BD, but I was also on this trip. Pretty epic. I also may have been the guy who let you borrow my setup, but my name isn't Alex haha. Either way, it's always nice to help each other out when we can. I hooked up both my bluefin on the retrieve. Fish were between 180 and 320 feet deep. First fish I hooked in the eyeball with a 250g shimano flat fall with a 13/0 VMC 7264 hook re rigged with 500lb kevlar assist cord tied directly to a the solid ring (the jig itself is attached by split ring). After I let *I assume this gentleman* borrow my setup, the crew gave me their setup with the worn out daiwa SK with 0 paint on it. Got smashed on the retrieve on my first drop. After that, I was done fishing and just enjoyed watching everyone else hook up and land fish. Here are some of my pictures.

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doncatfish

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Dec 21, 2006
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Don
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Epic! Most of the flatfall bites on the sink or on the wind? How deep were the fish approximately?
My fish were mainly on the sink about 200 - 250 feet deep. Casting down swell, then drifting towards the sinking lure helped, as my bites were coming right as the lure came straight up and down. As soon as it would stop sinking, just wind like hell and keep winding until line was being ripped off the reel. No need to set back.
 
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Paddyman1

Crazy awesome trip! After the past few years, I feel like these fish have found a new home in SoCal. Just need to keep our over-seas neighbors and there nets out of our backyard now.

Ps- I’d be happy with that cute little yellowtail in the foreground.
 
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jughead

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Congratulations to all!!! The old Glory also caught flatfall limits about a month ago when this bite first started. How long was the fight on the cow that was caught?
 

madisonnoel

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Congratulations to all!!! The old Glory also caught flatfall limits about a month ago when this bite first started. How long was the fight on the cow that was caught?
It was around a 1 hour and 20 minutes give or take 10 minutes. What’s crazy is that he caught with 60lb line.
 

madisonnoel

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This is my first post on BD, but I was also on this trip. Pretty epic. I also may have been the guy who let you borrow my setup, but my name isn't Alex haha. Either way, it's always nice to help each other out when we can. I hooked up both my bluefin on the retrieve. Fish were between 180 and 320 feet deep. First fish I hooked in the eyeball with a 250g shimano flat fall with a 13/0 VMC 7264 hook re rigged with 500lb kevlar assist cord tied directly to a the solid ring (the jig itself is attached by split ring). After I let *I assume this gentleman* borrow my setup, the crew gave me their setup with the worn out daiwa SK with 0 paint on it. Got smashed on the retrieve on my first drop. After that, I was done fishing and just enjoyed watching everyone else hook up and land fish. Here are some of my pictures.

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Sorry about getting your name wrong but I do remember what a great person you are. I was impressed by how you have a high paying Job, and and leaving that to join the military to fly helicopters. I remember that you leave in August the day before your birthday for a 2 year flight school in Alabama. I should have still remembered your name, so for now on I will say,” I stood by the railing of the boat knowing I did not have the right gear when out of the dark comes one of the anglers , and hands me his rod and reel and says you go get yourself one of those bluefin. I stop for one second and I look back and said who do I thank for this, and all he says, “ I’m Ron Burgundy you stay classy.”
Thank you again for the set up and thank you for your service.
 

Singhdrew an

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Singhdrew an
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Sorry about getting your name wrong but I do remember what a great person you are. I was impressed by how you have a high paying Job, and and leaving that to join the military to fly helicopters. I remember that you leave in August the day before your birthday for a 2 year flight school in Alabama. I should have still remembered your name, so for now on I will say,” I stood by the railing of the boat knowing I did not have the right gear when out of the dark comes one of the anglers , and hands me his rod and reel and says you go get yourself one of those bluefin. I stop for one second and I look back and said who do I thank for this, and all he says, “ I’m Ron Burgundy you stay classy.”
Thank you again for the set up and thank you for your service.
Just rearrange the letters in my username and you'll get my name ;). It was great fishing with you too, brother. Thank you for your service as well!
 

Bob_NH

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These reports are making for a LONG spring up here in rainsville. ;-)

Early July for us at best, maybe longer due to the shit winter.

It’s amazing you are hooking fish at that depth. Here in Wicked Tuna country we are seldom in more than 220’, and fish no deeper than half that. Would not want to have to work those slobs up from that depth, dead boat no less. Ouch!

Capt. Bob

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SouthBayKiller

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These reports are making for a LONG spring up here in rainsville. ;-)

Early July for us at best, maybe longer due to the shit winter.

It’s amazing you are hooking fish at that depth. Here in Wicked Tuna country we are seldom in more than 220’, and fish no deeper than half that. Would not want to have to work those slobs up from that depth, dead boat no less. Ouch!

Capt. Bob

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Well it ranges from ~2500' to 5000' deep where they are fishing, so if you ask the tuna they would probably say that they are pretty shallow :D
 

madisonnoel

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24' skipjack gone Outer Banks Boat Club all the way
Just rearrange the letters in my username and you'll get my name ;). It was great fishing with you too, brother. Thank you for your service as well!
Thanks Andrew Enjoy flight school you worked hard to get there.
 

PATYMELTER1

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SECOND CHANCE
I was on the trip too, absolutely EPIC!!! At 11:00 pm I was still skunked, but by 1:30 am I had gone 7 for 10 helping fill out the boat limits. Regarding the lures, they didn't care if they were glow in the dark or not. I tried using a glow in the dark 250 gram flat fall that I modified with a big swash hook, but I think the swash affects the action. I wasted 1.5 hours on that lure watching others hook up right and left. Finally
I borrowed a boat rod that had a beat up Diawa SK, it was instant action bit on the sink. After killing that fish, and someone just hooked one on a heavy 7X, and since I didn't have any non-modified flat falls, I went to a blue/white Sales 6x jr. as it was my only heavy iron I brought. I tied it straight to my 80 lb test, big mistake. Instant hook up on the sink, but it immediately bit through. What worked was borrowing a standard flat fall from the crew, tied on 200 lb test leader, and I had 5 straight drops and 5 straight fish, all on the sink - Incredible. On my 10th hookup of the night the flat fall in the photo found it's freedom as my fish was sawed off at gaff, so if anyone finds this flat fall in a bluefin belly please return it as it was borrowed.

Captain Gavin never gives up, huge shout out to the crew!!

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I’ve fished with Don.....die hard fish killer.
 

doncatfish

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Dec 21, 2006
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Did the cow come in on the AM bite or PM bite??
We stopped on a school around 5:00 pm and it yielded the cow along with the other two slugs of 126 and 130. All on flatfalls or Diawa SK jigs. Don’t forget the 200 lb fluro leader at all times.
 
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We stopped on a school around 5:00 pm and it yielded the cow along with the other two slugs of 126 and 130. All on flatfalls or Diawa SK jigs. Don’t forget the 200 lb fluro leader at all times.
Gotcha!
I will be riding this boat leaving May 10th...
I hope I can hook a big girl to redeem myself for last week's humbling trip...
 

Tunaslam

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Saved by the bell, that's hanging in there until the last minute, unreal!
 
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