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Below is a link to a video from Greymouth, New Zealand. The bluefins in that region are big. 250 to 800 pounds. This guy jumps over the boat and hand feeds chum to these brutes.

 

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OMG, You have to go there MrBill and hook one of those with your Super Seeker rod and 50lb drag on zepco reel :D .
 

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There was a few of us including Scott (pictured); who planned to do it this July... catching those giant BFT with spinning gears and jigs, we had many crazy ideas to deal with the lack of capacity.

Tuna are all over those Russian factory boats catching Hokis, some kind of fish. According to Scott, getting them to bite a jig is the least problem.... howabout fighting a fish for 21hrs and losing it to swivel failure?



Enjoy the pics...
 

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What are the prime tuna fishing months for Three Kings Island?
Is Three Kings Island anywhere near Greymouth?

Maybe I can switch my trip from NY to New Zealand. Wife probably won't go for it, but she can go to NY and I can go wrestle with those huge bluefins. I'll see if I can get a kitchen pass if February is a good month for the bluefins.
 

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Ksong,
What are the prime tuna fishing months for Three Kings Island?
Is Three Kings Island anywhere near Greymouth?

Maybe I can switch my trip from NY to New Zealand. Wife probably won't go for it, but she can go to NY and I can go wrestle with those huge bluefins. I'll see if I can get a kitchen pass if February is a good month for the bluefins.
The Three Kings Island is located off the northern tip of North Island while giant tuna fishery is located off the southern tip of South Island. we are targeting huge yellowtail and giant seabass/hapuka in Three Kings Island.
I have to find out when is the best month to target the giant bluefin tuna, but I heard weather can be a big problem there.

the chart of Three Kings Island off northern tip of North Island
 

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That's the second video I've seen showing bluefin coming right to the boat. The first was of a fishing trip in Canada. I wish I knew how to turn them on like that here in Maine. They don't seem to like my boat.
 

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That's the second video I've seen showing bluefin coming right to the boat. The first was of a fishing trip in Canada. I wish I knew how to turn them on like that here in Maine. They don't seem to like my boat.
When we discovered winter bluefin fishery out of NC not long ago, we had such a wild fishing. :) We have to blame ourselves.
 

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CTBFT: If you mark fish while chumming start throwing frozen chum or whole frozen macks. or hering, that should bring them up . Where are you in maine? Where do you fish ,And do you chum or troll??. Mr Bill: thanks for the post. "Got adrenaline??" .........Don:) :) :)
 

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I got the NZ bluefin tuna charter information.
The season is from July to mid Sept.
Catching bluefin tuna in NZ is not cheap. They are asking $200NZ($150US) per hour and 24 hours are minimum. Considering they charge about $2400NZ per boat for an overnight trip(24 hour) for other species, the rates for bluefin tuna is pretty stiff. I think they decided the charter rate based on the market value of giant bluefin tuna. :) But good thing is their is no tip system in NZ. :)

 

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I hope that was a 2 speed! A single would kill you, you'd have a right arm like popeye after a fight like that! :)
 

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Awesome video and info. I may need to plan a trip to NZ!

Scott
 

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Back in the middle fifties I was able to fish with my dad out of montauk long island.It was not uncommon to see tuna blitzes like the one in the video. It was also faily common to harpoon swordfish that would be sunning theirselves on the surface. Captain Forsberg would award 50 dollars to anyone who first spotted a sword. If the fish spotted was caught you got 50 dollars. Unfortunately ,I also remember the Russian trawlers that just about wiped out the bft. I think it was about that time the USA finally extended the boundries to keep the other countries from fishing the waters out.
 
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