Hopped on the Sea Adventure 80 for 2.5 Sunday night to fish Monday and Tuesday. With Capt. Scott McDaniel, Son Capt. Mike McDaniels night ticket Dan, Greg and Connor as DHs and David as Cook. Great crew, Mike is a Beast, more on that later. Food was great, Capt. Scott is a great communicator and very funny Crew worked hard had super attitudes. Would fish the boat anytime. Great crowd of very good Fisherman that became friends. Only one That Guy identified in minutes but even he was a nice guy. Short story: Saw more formers and boils on the trip than I have seen in a lifetime- fish everywhere 28 very good Fisherman 2 fulls days just 3 fish 30 to 60 pounds. Congrats to John, Tony and Twin #2 on Boating the 3 fish caught. Fished east of San Clemente both days. Bluefin are tough. Battle of my life. Was fishing all alone on the rail at 11:30pm Monday night first night of our 2.5 about 1:30am got picked up on a glow colored flat fall on 60#. Mike estimated 150-175 pounder, Just about spooled my on the first two runs. Buttoned down the drag as he was ripping line. Just walked off line on My 4/0 Baja Special. Mike McDaniels coached me and ran the rod down the rail like Husain Bolt a few times barefooted, when I didn’t have the gas and got it around the anchor, Super help!!! Got it to close enough to gaff and in about 35 minutes, Mike wanted 6 guys with gaffs by the time they are ready he takes off again. Capt. Mike says it will be awhile before we see him again, he was right. He takes off like he is leaving the party and no stopping him on a buttoned drag. Then starts making giant circles around the whole boat 150 feet out on the service for quite a while Took me around the boat 6 times, under the anchor rope 2 over the rope 4 times. 55 minutes later after 3:00am Got him close to gaff, 10 feet of line out. , drag starts sounding funny Capt Mike tells me I spun a bearing in me reel we check it after the fight and Yep, Smoked!! He went under the back of the boat, they could not get a Yand he broke off. Fish totally exhausted me. My forearms, biceps and back still ache. Lost the fish but not the least bit sad, was the fishing experience of a life time. I have lost fish that still break my heart but this one was such a thrill, it was the fishing experience of a life time not one regret. 28 guys 24 good Fisherman two full days, 3 fish from 30 to 60 pounds. Saw 100s of spots of foamers, metered fish all the time, they would not bite. Tons of micro bait in the water. You could see it at night. Flat falls at night and early morning was the only thing that hooked up. Few bait bites. Bluefin fishing is a brutally tough sport. 36 Fisherman and crew with state of the art equipment, way $200K worth of rods reels and tackle, state of the art boat and electronics, around fish continually for two full days and just 3 fish. Challenging fish to pursue. Always a joy to be in Gods creation. Things I learned: Always have a two speed reel if BFT are around, love my Baja special but a single speed high ratio on a fish of that size had me about crying for my Momma. Crimp a #200 leader on your flat fall, that fish was on more than 90 minutes with all the pressure I could pull on it. Fish at night and very early morning. No bites after breakfast. You can’t fish 20 hours straight so set your day up so you can fish at night when for us all the bites came.