Giant Bluefin Tuna in the gulf

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Minnow, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Minnow

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    From WWW.RODNREEL.COM Report by Daryl - Reel Screamers.

    How about a fishing report? It’s been slow and it shows here but every day is a new day in the mighty Gulf of Mexico.

    Had the pleasure of introducing Matt, Gary and Danny to the hospitality of Grand Isle and what it has to offer. The guys made the drive in from North Texas with their fingers crossed, hoping that the weather people would get it right.

    Well they got it right, mostly. This post will cover Thursday’s trip as it was probably the most memorable.

    We left the dock right on schedule and headed out into a Gulf that was every bit of a rolling two foot sea. Things were looking good and we were making good time, then we hit the squall line that had passed over the island just before daylight. The seas quickly went to a good five foot and that slowed us down. Bait was easy to make but they were not the preferable size.

    Banking on the rough seas being associated with the squall lines and hoping that they would soon be out of the way, we continued south. On the way out we passed schools of mullet that were swimming harassment free so we continued on.

    We arrived at the floater a good hour behind schedule due to the rough but subsiding seas and that is when the fun started. Gary was already down for the count as the seas had taken their toll on him. The instruction was for Danny and Matt to keep a good watch on what was going on around us while Ian and myself rigged baits. It was not long before Matt was pointing out splashes on the south side of the platform. Everyone was looking to see what was happening when a beautiful Blue Marlin started greyhounding on the surface, a frightening site for the small blackfin that was doing the same right off of his nose trying to survive another day.

    Ian had the first hardtail in the water as Matt marveled at what he had just seen. Danny seemed a little impatient that we were not fishing right where the fish had been seen. As I tried to explain that the fish was not there any longer but we would see what we could do……. Ian hollers Marlin in the baits. Sure enough Danny’s question was answered as the drag was tightened on the first bait of the day and a Marlin. The fight did not last long as the Marlin easily slashed through the tuna leader and off he went.

    Trolling produced nothing but a bunch of small blackfin but hey, they were fun and we needed the chum. Chunking was the ticket as once again Ian was hot. His first bait in the water was inhaled by what turned out to be an 80 to 90 pound yellowfin and it looked like we had figured it out. Matt made quick work of this fish but did so gaining a lot of respect as this was his first ever tuna. With pictures taken and this one in the box we continued on. That’s when it got interesting.

    The next fish came through the chum on the surface. Neither Ian nor I could believe what we were seeing. This fish had the shape of a tuna but he was huge. He had no sickle fins but he was huge. He made another pass slow rolling through the chum. We could not believe we were seeing what we were seeing and a new urgency was placed on getting a hook into this fish. The fish made another pass through the chum, this time eating the bait that I had offered to him. As the drag was pulled tight the fish rolled on the surface no more then 10 feet from the boat. The customers had no comprehension of the significance of what had just happened and Ian and I stood mouth open finding it hard to believe that we had a hook in a Monster Bluefin tuna. The rod was quickly passed to Danny who lasted every bit of eight minutes on the fish. Matt bowed up, being the youngster on the boat and took over on the rod. It only took a few minutes for Matt to learn that the yellowfin that he had just caught was no comparison to a Monster Bluefin on standup tackle. Matt gave up as we were encouraging the customers to stay on the rod. Danny and Matt said their piece demanding that they were finished and did not want anything to do with any more gulf monsters, as Danny said, this ain’t no crappie. Ian grabbed the rod and an hour later was actually starting to gain line on the fish. Things were looking good as everyone stared over the side of the boat when the line parted. It looked and felt like the damned sharks had gotten to this fish.

    We finished the day watching the sun set over the Gulf with Yellowfin, blackfin, dolphin and a variety of other small creatures in the box. The ride back was an easy one in a rolling two foot sea.

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  2. gimmedeal

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    That'd be a day to remember. If you're set up with 60 or 80 lb fluoro for YF though you'd be fishing a little handicapped. Wish I'd been there.

    Fred
     

  3. gman

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    WOW ... In all my experiences the only thing that wins fights with really large bluefin is heavy drags. Unfortunately for them the fish showed up with lighter line in the water. Either way that will be a memory of a lifetime those fish are extremely powerful. Congrats on a great trip
     
  4. lite-liner

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    DAMN, they really are out there.......
    someday....
     
  5. gman

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    lite liner, we were fishing in a sailfish tournament in Miami when a boat called in saying he has a large school of tuna passing under his boat. He said they were all in the 400 lb range and He had never seen anything like it and didnt know what to do as he didnt have any heavy gear onboard.

    He proceeded to hook up and spend 3 hours fighting a beast of a bluefin on sailfish gear except a heavy leader. He eventually lost the fish and listening to his agony on the radio was horrrible to listen to. He really wanted that fish bad
     
  6. tngbmt

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    ok, this is where the same thought passes through the brain of every tackle ho on this board.

    i need new gear !!! :)
     
  7. ember

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    Definetly dont want to bring a knife to a gun fight.Although most can be brought to the boat in an hour and a half,the biggest one I ever caught ate the bait at 9:00 A.M. and it was 1:00 A.M. the following morning before we got him. Have a plan to load him in the boat also.
     
  8. gman

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    Definetly dont want to bring a knife to a gun fight.Although most can be brought to the boat in an hour and a half,the biggest one I ever caught ate the bait at 9:00 A.M. and it was 1:00 A.M. the following morning before we got him. Have a plan to load him in the boat also.


    depends on what your attached with ...a 50w, a small 2 speed with alot of drag. I would honestly say unless you have a minimum of 25 at strike your odds of landing a bluefin over 250 is decreased substantially unless your in shallow water.
     
  9. jaredchasteen

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    Well you know what they say............The best captain in the world on the best boat can get spooled on a 130 by an big angry marlin. I dont see why a giant bluefin or swordfish couldnt do the same. My buddy Kirk had a sword spool a tiagra 50w set 28# at strike in venice last year.

    I agree with gman.
    the only way to land em (Giant bluefin)consitantly is in shallow water, hence the reason the NC fishery, Novascotia fishery. Zane Grey caught some great fish int he bay in novascotia. Just imagine a local guy throwing a cast net for herring and your net accidently lands on that fish.:eek:
     
  10. ember

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    Repectfully,I would submit that unless you have a reel that is capable of sustaining 45- 50 pounds of drag indefinetly,and applying 90 for the endgame its a mistake to target giants.
     
  11. thenewkid

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    AMEN to that, except its hard to be a tackle ho when ur piss broke like i am....
     
  12. CaptEddie

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    Im not entirely sure they saw a bluefin. Maybe a large bigeye came through or something. Bluefins run through in june for maybe 3-4 weeks total and then theyre gone and in the water they were in they would have been spooled on the first run. Just food for though.
     
  13. gman

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    Repectfully,I would submit that unless you have a reel that is capable of sustaining 45- 50 pounds of drag indefinetly,and applying 90 for the endgame its a mistake to target giants.

    Ember I was merely saying that in order to have a chance if you suddenly saw a giant around would be a reel of those specs. Obviously if you are targeting them, which you wouldnt in the gulf, I wouldnt use anything under a 80w standup or 130 out of a rod holder or chair.

    Captain Eddie is correct they may have seen a big eye as well.

    Jared your right about swords, we had a smaller one that was from hell that fish almost spooled a 80w in less than 1 minute at 25lbs of drag. Luckily he slowed down
     
  14. ksong

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    It could be a giant as I never heard they catch big bigeye there.
    A captain I know used to do commercial fishing for giant in Gulf of Mexico.
    The most productive areas for giants were 250 miles due south of mouth of Mississippi river and the best months to catch them were from late Dec to April.
     
  15. CaptEddie

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    I have seen a few bigeye in the 200 pound class show up at the dock so there are definitly some out there. The standard bluefin run off louisiana is june though.

    Here is a 196 bigeye that was speared off venice in december a couple years ago
    RodnReel Picture of the Best View
     
  16. ksong

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    Sorry Eddie, I didn't know they catch big bigeye in Gulf of Mexico.
    However the fish they lost looked much bigger than 200 lbs based on their discription.
     
  17. CaptEddie

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    Yes but if they have 200 pounders here there is no reason they dont have the 300 pound plus ones here either. Those definitly live in the atlantic unlike the big yellows which are pacific.