I've been a lurker for a long time. This is my first fish report on BD's. I had been wanting to get in on the Bluefin action at Clemente for awhile and having this week off I decided to jump on an overnight trip. I wanted to fish in comfort so I went with The Outrider out of 22nd St. Landing in San Pedro which is a "11 pack boat". We did the usual and got baited up, listened to the Captain's speech regarding the tackle and fishing plan for the following morning. The concentration would be on Bluefin and if time allowed a little rockfishing. I rigged the 5 rods I brought along, a 30, 40, 50lb set up, a jig rod and rockfish set up. I retired to my bunk and went lights until the next morning. We promptly started our drifts as the Capt located the schools. Two anglers hooked up but it was short lived as both lost their fish for different reasons. I hooked up shortly after on my 30# outfit and 10 minutes into the I broke off, [email protected]!! It looked as if I had gut hooked the fish and he sawed me off. The Capt was not overly pleased with us for obvious reasons, lol. He made a move to look for another school because he was convinced that we scared this one off at this point. From this point on we made a few moves, lost and landed multiple fish. I switched to fishing my 40# outfit from the earlier loss on. A Trinidad 20A with 65# braid, a 40# mono top shot with a 4' flouro leader paired with a Phenix 809 XHJ. I hooked another fish that I fought for the better part of an hour. The Capt stuck with me for the entire fight. I must've went around the boat 4 or 5 times. Being a total noobie at fighting a fish this size I was overly cautious about putting too much pressure on the fish. I didn't want to lose it! I didn't know how much pressure my line or rod could handle. At times I thought my rod was going to break into two, it was doubled over throughout the battle. It turns out that that both line and rod can handle more than I initially thought. As the hour mark came to I about had it. My lower back was saying F' You to me as well as my forearms. I finally said F' it and pulled harder than I had been. What a relief once the gaff was stuck! I landed my personal best Bluefin, personal best anything for that matter. All of 50+ lbs as it maxed out the boats digital scale. 6 Bluefin total for us with the biggest going about 65 lbs using a length and girth formula. However there was no doubt that this was the big fish just by sight.