Lost two giant ahis this weekend. Headed out saterday on the eastside at 5am. Headed out and ran the thousand to LL, couple open schools along the way, had a rigger clip stick on a mahi so that the rigger bent all the way and was about 4 feet from touching the corner, fish got a way. School didn't want to bite bait or lure, headed to LL, lots of small aku and ravenous aku birds. One bird pinned itself on our bait hook square in the chest, flew like a kite on our 14/0, unhooked at the boat and the bird flew away in good shape. Funny seeing a flying bird on a line like that, not dragging through the water like a squawking wet towel. Left LL and shortly after took a big strike down the center on a blueberry straight runner with icy blue/pink. Fought the fish for 30 minutes came to the boat, big ahi estimated over 200. Fish did a lot of side trips, fought like a champ, and refused to come up and give a shot at gaff. At idle speed this fish was too big for me to leader to the surface and so the fish stayed planing just under the boat. Big fish like this one can really bring on a debilitating sickle fever that will make you throw reason and patience to the wind, a crews underwater gaff attempt ended in a lost gaff and a broken leader. Apparently ahis don't like to be poked. Went on to X area, had lots of birds and open schools in a rough, current convergence zone, but only 2 knockdowns and no landed fish. Got to the ramp at 5pm with only a fish story. Day 2 Sunday, left honolulu harbor early, found ourselves on the 2000 outside of barbers point about 20 minutes after sun up. Few birds, rough conditions, deep water where the giants roam. Trolled for 20 minutes, bang rigger starts screaming out line from the 14/0. Black and silver with purple underskirt straight runner. Tuna, I get really excited at the chance to get my first ahi of the year, and the first ahi ever for a couple of the crew. Ahi straight down, boat in neutral, leader man pulls it up from the depths quick. Its on the surface circling and oh shit its way bigger than we all thought! Not really sure what happened, I actually kind of blacked out during the whole thing, but it ended with a sick feeling, a broken mainline and the gaff in my hands. I blew it on this one, couldn't seal the deal, gaff bounced off first try and stuck in the shoulder second attempt but from what I can recall the fish rolled off the gaff and showered everyone on the rail with cold bitter salt water. Ouch, rough weekend, I am in the middle of a long going drought, a gaffers slump you might call it, and the fish on sunday confirmed that the slump continues. Picked up 2 mahi on the thousand on the way in, this helped a little, nothing on the ono run. Can't wait to go chase 'em again, next time will be different, or I might give it all up and stick to oama fishing! Better luck to all, and I hope you won't join me in the catch and release club!