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Just got back from a trip aboard a friends boat ("Nighthawk with Captain Mike Marro), who is fishing for Giant Tuna off Beaufort, NC. It's a very hard way to make a living. Anyway, this is the 2nd Giant of my life and I'm "hooked" forever.

This one was about 450lbs.. All video credits go to the "Wahoonbox" of Sportfisherman.com

BFT 4 2009 - WAHOONBOX
 

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The fish was 92" long and weighted about 450lbs.. We were fishing in 55' of water.
. Unreel... when they come out of the Gulf of Mexico after spawning between April and June they are found in 3,000 to 6,000 feet of water allowing them to dump many a 80# tackle that is fortunate enough to tangle with the schools.
 

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WOW 55' feet of water!

yep, either fishin inside the knuckle or near it, not very deep at all here, you have to do 15+ miles to get into semi-deep water here.

its 53-55' for a loooong ways :D

yeah, marty is a helluva fishermen, you were definatly on a boat w/ some experienced people.


we heard alot of chatter on the radio on saturday when we were out..
 

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Off NC 55ft. can get nasty quick; experienced some crazy "chop" for about an hour one day coming in from offshore Beaufort. Those tides mean alot in that area.
 

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Off NC 55ft. can get nasty quick; experienced some crazy "chop" for about an hour one day coming in from offshore Beaufort. Those tides mean alot in that area.

heck yeah, outgoing ripping tide + some shoals = yikes!

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My goal someday is to try fighting one of these fish on stand-up tackle, Dennis Braid style. I know it can be done, but I suppose it's all about proper technique.
 

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My goal someday is to try fighting one of these fish on stand-up tackle, Dennis Braid style. I know it can be done, but I suppose it's all about proper technique.

When I first started fishing them, we did all of them stand up. Joe Shutes used to run charters just for that, with almost a guaranteed hook up. But now they are pressured so much, there is no gaurantee.

If they close it at the end of Jan, then Feb might be a good time to try.
 
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