Angler Joe Roder of San Diego arrived at the H&M Landing dock aboard the M/V Ranger 85 on Wednesday September 20, at 7:30 AM with what was thought to be the largest bluefin tuna ever taken by a sport fisherman on rod & reel on the West Coast.
The battle to bring in the giant fish lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. An estimate of the fish’s weight based on its length and girth (83” x 60”) was 373.5-pounds. Once at the dock and the hoisted on the scale, the big fish weighed in at 345-pounds. It is the largest bluefin tuna taken by the San Diego fleet in 2017, just 18-pounds shy of the largest on record at 363-pounds taken in 2015.
Joe was on a 2.5-day trip for his birthday aboard the sportboat Ranger 85 skippered by Captain Robert Gray. They were fishing San Clemente Island.
Joe was using specially rigged gear provided by the Ranger 85 that consisted of a Seeker OSP 3X Rail Rod and a Okuma Makira 50 reel with 130# main line and a 300# leader. The fish was targeted with a kite fishing rig and sardine.
Photo Credit: H&M Landing