Well it finally happened and totally by surprise too. We were fishing for and had been catching Albacore and Dorado all day, well scratch that…for a very short period of the day! (California head boats are very different from any that I’ve ever been on in Texas) Anyway while trolling for Albacore we get blown up by a huge school of Yellowfin in the 25-35# range. 6-12 hooked up at once for the next several minutes and doubles and triples after that. They were blowing up all over the place in easy casting range too. Would have paid big $$ for a popping set-up right there!!! Anyway, that fish broke my new Saltist 30T’s cherry. Had it on a 2-piece Pete Mania Muskie rod from Bass Pro, which preformed nicely as well. It was the only 2-piece travel rod I could find in Tuna/Tarpon specs outside of a Loomis. 350 yards of 50# Izorline spectra w/ a 50 yard 40# Izorline topshot. The 40# line definitely kept me from getting more strikes, but when I put the screws to that fish, he had no chance and was whipped in minutes. I would’ve sized down on a private boat, but not on a head boat. Anyway, he was no wall hanger by any means, but with all the offshore fishing I’ve done, it’s amazing that I have never caught one. Now that leaves Tarpon as my next goal. Too many close, but not close enough encounters with the Silver King!