What's the Difference Between Fighting a 80-pound Bluefin Vs 200#

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  1. geebee

    geebee My Member is Well-Known

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    i've been gearing up the past couple years hoping for a shot at a 175 to 200 pound bluefin tuna within day range of San Diego - and just got the chance to use my Avet HXW Raptor 3-speed on a 6' Calstar Grafighter 760L using 60# fluoro leader (sinkering a sardine) 18lbs of drag at strike

    a 75 pounder kicked my butt (thanks for a deckhand giving me a break in the action to claim success)

    now i'm wondering how much meaner a 175-200 pound tuna can be

    how would you put it into perspective

    PS: my biggest BF was 128lbs back in the '90s on 50' mono - but i was a lot younger then...
     
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  2. AWilliams

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    The difference is the size of your chubby in your pants...lol...sorry couldn't resist.
     
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  3. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    It depends on the fish. Some are just pissed off teenagers and some were out late drinking with the boys and aren’t really feeling it.
     
  4. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Big difference from my perspective. Mine last year went 210 on the scale. My largest before went 78 and last years brute had way more attitude. I made the mistake of gathering as much line in the beginning that he would allow. That only pissed him off and proceeded to drag me around the boat 5 times. By the end my legs had turned to rubber. Thankfully the fish settled down and I was able to finish him in one spot. In retrospect I should have let my equipment tire him in the beginning and guide him towards the boat keeping gas in my tank for the end game when he got squirrelly. Hope you get a good one this year.
     
  5. BiggestT

    BiggestT I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You beat me to it..:)
     
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  7. MikeyLikesIt

    MikeyLikesIt did you say F I S H I N G ???

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    the real answer is.............



    .....it depends. :)

    IMO, for any fish over 50#, no 2 fish, even of exact same species and weight, are gonna fight the same......but: what do I know? :D
     
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    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Plenty
     
  9. NoLDR

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    Yep it all depends! Gear, boat, position, seas all kinds of stuff. One sure way to find out is to give it a shot. Worse case situation is you hand it off. Happy hunting!
     
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    if u had a hard time on a 75lb with a 3 speed, dont hook a 175lb’r >:(
     
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    Going after 150#+ I would use 80# leader minimum just to have a chance. Some fight like hell and some don't. The circle of death is a bigger factor. Technique also plays a bigger role. Know when to let them run and know when to put it to them. It all depends on the situation. It can be done with 60#, fish weighed an estimated 175#-176#. Wasn't a 20min fight, was fun though.
     
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    I totally agree with Huck we were on Chucks PV trip over Memorial day fish were 60 to 80 average some just hunkered down for hours even with crew tag teaming them mine wanted to die quick.
     
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    yes, but it is kinda hard to dismiss the dream as long as i can keep a tight line and my rod up...
     
  14. hucklongfin

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    I caught an 85# on 30#. A 75# on 60# kicked your butt? Join a gym!
     
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    Same trip, consecutive drops.

    97lbs. took 45 minutes or so
    147lbs. 10 minutes (charged the boat in the dark)

    Same rod/reel

    Actually connected on the next two drops but I don't want to talk about that
     
  16. surfgoose

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    Every fish over 50# is different, every one has been a unique experience. But the one thing that is certain: When it comes up to color and you can SEE the BIG one that you have been fighting, if it then gets away you will have much more heartache than if it was just a frisky fish of unknown size. I still have dreams/nightmares about cows sinking back down into the depths much more often than visions of gaffs coming over the rail.
     

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