August/Sept is the time to hit these big boys off the west coast of NZ. there are 3 types - Southern BFT, Pacific BFT & Northern BFT which are the largest. Heaviest caught this season was around 305kg. Tackle used is either 80lb or 130lb and techniques involve trolling or chunking. Most 24hr days they are fighting tuna for 22 hrs! Fight time varies from 1/2hr to 22hrs (lost due to busted swivel!!). The poor guy fought his tuna for 22 hrs and had to hand the rod on, 1/2hr later they had the leader almost within grasp when the swivel busted - how rare is that? Guesses as to how big the tuna was from 400 - 500kg but as they say "if you dont weight it, dont say it"
There was something on TV couple months ago with free divers spearing tuna up to 300kg & blitzing the world record. The tuna are attracted by Trawlers when they lift the nets, BFT can be seen porpoising near the stern, swooping in & taking the spill from the nets. These divers would jump into the water very close to the net opening while the trawler is still moving. The mad buggers risk entanglement with ropes, net and meeting up with the many Makos and probably ****** all after a free feed. They pick out nearest tuna & spear it in the kill spot, a second spear to finish and the prize is swum backto the boat.
Kil, Mogi San is booked for a 5 day trip next August, wonder if he intends jigging or free diving?