Our crew went 10 for 16 on the big, slob bluefins, and we kept 2 that were estimated by the crew at 110 & 120 lbs.
Paul, attached is a photo of the 120 pounder that I jigged up and landed on one of your rods. (The rod was Mate James' custom Lamiglass togging stick that you wrapped for him.) I managed to land this tuna after an hour and twenty minute fight on the light rod paired with a small TN-16 reel spooled with 65 pound Power Pro braid. By the time, we got the fish in the boat, the side plates of the reel were hot to the touch. (This was the third tuna that I hooked on the jig, but the first two pulled free after ~15 minutes.)
Capt. John put us right on the meat as we had the first tuna hooked within 10 minutes of coming tight to the anchor. Within the next 3 hours, we went on to land 9 more, but unfortunately, our hot bite got killed when the boat traffic got heavy all around us.
This was a corporate trip sponsored by my company, and it was the first time I ever had a chance to try jigging for tuna. I sure hope that it won't be my last! I figure by sometime next week, my forearms will probably stop aching and my smile will start to fade, but for now I am one whooped but happy camperIt was definitely a BLAST! The fight was like the Energizer bunny as it kept going, and going, and going ... As I was sweating my jangles off and struggling to regain line, James kept teasing me saying "that's what you get for fishing for tuna with a fluke/tog rod."
The acid wrap not only worked perfectly, but it looked real pretty as well. If anyone ever needs a testimonial to the toughness of that blank, or the quality of your guide wrapping work, just let me know.
Fighting such a large BF tuna on such a light rod with no belt harness