PEI Update 2013
Part of the BD team and our race to PEI winner, Gilbert Saucedo, are fishing with Tony’s Tuna fishing charters in Prince Edward Island. Gilbert won the drawing and joined the team for this unique fishing adventure. He started off the trip big when he harnessed up for the stand-up battle of his life. He fought tooth and nail and brought his first PEI Bluefin to boat side. Capt. Bradley estimated the tuna to be about 900-pounds. We took our pictures and Gilbert got to lean over and cut the leader close with a Bubba Blade. He did a fantastic job and is only a little sore today.
I was given the next turn for the afternoon trip and after an hour steam to change spots we set out our live mackerels for bait. I watched a big fish roll on the bait twice and then the line jumped and came tight. What a powerful fish, smoking the Okuma 80 like it didn’t have 40-pounds of drag set at strike. We are fighting the fish stand-up and the battle was on. Luckily my fish stayed on top for most of the battle making some erratic movements that made me fear it was gone a couple tense times. But we did get it to the boat for a clean, frisky release. It was estimated to be 750 to 800-pounds. Our sister boat, run by Capt. Tony, caught one and pulled on a couple others. Amanda from Costa put up an epic battle and brought her fish to leader for another release.
The wind came up a little for our second day, but luckily we are fishing about two miles offshore and the boats are very stable on the drift. We worked hard, but had no bites today. Over in Capt. Tony’s boat, Larry Dahlberg put it on a 600-pound tuna and was today’s hero.
We have one more day of fishing tomorrow and then we fly back home with sore muscles and unforgettable memories.
Stay tuned for the full report.