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Offline Holoholo808

We weren’t prepared...
« on: Yesterday at 05:33:38 PM »
Loaded up yesterday/last night and tried to get some sleep.

Left the house around 0200. Got the boat launched and headed out to the spot by around 0400. There wasn’t much intel available from the normal sources so we went off a hunch and got the lines set by 0430.

Right on cue at gray light the short corner clip popped and the ratchet started singing. From the angle of the line and the initial run it looked to be a decent marlin. Thankfully the hook didn’t stick so we checked the lure, reset, and made another pass in the area. Mr Pokey Nose was nowhere to be found so we turned south and started to make our way to another spot.

Half an hour passes and we’re coming up on the next spot. Out of nowhere the center pole bends over and starts peeling out line. The fish is diving straight down so we keep the boat in gear and see if any other fishy friends want to come play. Thirty seconds pass and we decide to start clearing the other lines.

My friend jumps on the center and keeps tension while I clear the other lines. A few seconds after I start cranking on the short corner I hear a loud snap. “Oh sh*t” I think and don’t have time to react before the short rigger pole comes swiveling toward my head. The tip bend over and the drag starts singing.

Double!

We finish clearing the lines and get to work on the fish. 

Choppy, deep water and a small boat means no playing with the fish on light tackle so it’s game on Wicked Tuna style and my friend calls color in about fifteen minutes. The last 50 feet are a struggle and the fish doesn’t want to give an inch.

“Scrappy little bugger” I think as I start to take wraps on the wind-on leader. The fish starts to circle below the boat and gets exponentially heavier every armspan I pull in.

The fish turns for a final surge as it nears the surface and I take an extra wrap and hold on until I feel like my arms are going to rip off of my body.

One last circle and my friend sinks the gaff in. I throw in a meat hook and we get the fish in the boat with a couple we’ll timed heaves and the help of the swells.

Turning our attention to the second rod we back off the drag and slightly and move it over to the short rigger position. The fish takes this as a cue to make another run and we get to rest a little as it peels off another 50 yards in the blink of an eye.

Back to work we go and the we see color ten minutes later. This fish is a whole lot scrappier and I can feel my hands getting crushed by the leader despite the adrenaline rush. Thankfully after a few circles and my friend sinks in another solid gaff shot and we boat the second fish (surprisingly about 50 lbs smaller).

Note to self, those guys on the YouTube videos make bleeding, gilling, and gutting tuna look way too easy.

And here is where we weren’t prepared... Neither fish would fit in the 270 liter cooler and 200 lbs of ice wasn’t going to cut it. Thankfully, my other friend came in clutch with a 6 foot fish box and 400 lbs of ice. No clue how much they weigh as my scale only goes up to 100 lbs but it took 3 of us to carry the bigger one off the boat.

Time for a couple of beers and an afternoon nap...



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Offline BayWolf

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 05:56:04 PM »
WOW!  Well written! I was right there with you.  What a couple of sweet, sweet fish!  Very well done and thank you for sharing!
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Offline GregE

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 05:57:19 PM »
wow!!

Were you fishing a hand line- or using something to wrap the leader?

Now- why is this in the Electronic section?  :shrug9:

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Offline Holoholo808

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 06:07:28 PM »
wow!!

Were you fishing a hand line- or using something to wrap the leader?

Now- why is this in the Electronic section?  :shrug9:


Hahahaha. Posting from my phone (Tapatalk) so it must’ve defaulted there 🤦🏻‍♂️ Mods, please move to the appropriate section.

We were trolling lures. Just had to take wraps on the leader at the end. I give credit to the guys that do it for a living. My hands are sore and the beer isn’t helping.
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Offline Holoholo808

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 06:08:44 PM »
WOW!  Well written! I was right there with you.  What a couple of sweet, sweet fish!  Very well done and thank you for sharing!

Thank you! Had to make some notes so we can get our routine down better. Just grateful we got both fish in the boat.
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Online Croaker Stroker

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 06:21:58 PM »
Great read. Thanks for posting. Those are some nice fish. Poke for your whole family and all your neighbors.

You are gonna need a bigger bottle of soy sauce!!. 😂

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Offline familyrig

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 06:25:42 PM »
Awesome write up!  Amazing fish, Congrats!

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Offline First Cabin

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 06:46:09 PM »
Awesome :applause:  Thanks for sharing!  It’s fun to see fishing from Arimas outside the NW. 
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Offline SB Steve

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 06:55:03 PM »
Wicked for Sure!!

Offline La-Z-Buoy

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 07:16:23 PM »
"Wicked Tuna" got nothing on you guys! Great story and pictures. I'm impressed.  :bowdown:
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Offline rasslingref

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 07:20:12 PM »
Congrats. Love to read these type of stories.


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Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 07:50:46 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to write about that days great fishing adventure! cheers

Offline Fisherdv

Re: We weren’t prepared...
« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 08:17:29 PM »
 Awesome! I bet you guys were stoked!  :beerchug:
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