Giant Tuna fishing off NC Coast

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by John_Madison CT, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. John_Madison CT

    John_Madison CT Senior Member

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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
     
  2. paul708

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    great fish way to go.
     

  3. STx Fisherman

    STx Fisherman Senior Member

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    Outstanding catch! Catching a bluefin like that has to be a thrill of a lifetime.

    Congratulations!
     
  4. Xiphius

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    Nice Fish! How much did it weigh? How deep was the water where you caught that fish?
     
  5. John_Madison CT

    John_Madison CT Senior Member

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    The fish was 92" long and weighted about 450lbs.. We were fishing in 55' of water.
     
  6. BFTMASTER

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    Nice Fish, I want to go back to the OBX, and try again!!
     
  7. Xiphius

    Xiphius Member

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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.
     
  8. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

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    WOW 55' feet of water!
     
  9. Jesse Lockowitz

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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..
     
  10. BFTMASTER

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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.
     
  11. Jesse Lockowitz

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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!

    :D
     
  12. John_Madison CT

    John_Madison CT Senior Member

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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.
     
  13. Eastern Tackle

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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.