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For the past 3 years we've been trying to put a trip together to target Big eye tuna but with the lack of anglers & consistency it was hard to pull the trigger, Oregon Inlet yellow fin tuna bites was red hot this year with some mixed in Big Eye Tuna in between.
We checked the weather on Tuesday and made a phone call to set up the trip for Sunday, the excitement was on everybody's faces, the groups consist of Evan, Raymond, Paul, Heng, Fei and I.
We drove the night and was greeted by first mate George followed by Captain Ned at 4:15 AM
The Ocean was full of life, bait was all over the place and the presence of pilot whales can be seen everywhere, we started blind casting close to the whales and sure enough our lures got hammered by yellow fin tuna, our mission was to put a bend on the El Maestro with a descent size yellow fin tuna but all we got were the smaller fish, it seems like the big body of fish moved, the action start fading away, later in the morning Captain Ned marked a good concentration of fish on his fish finder, and they didn't seem like small fishes, Evan and I were next to each other jigging and the sound of the fish finder was going off like a disco party, I said to Evan it is going to happen and I shouted eat my jig, within a second Evan get slammed on the jig, Game on.
The first run was amazing and steady and all of a sudden it became very moderate giving you the feeling of a small fish, for a moment everybody though it is a small fish but seeing that initial run first I was sure it is a Big Eye and I told Evan right away it is a Big Eye, Evan gave his all with his new Saltywater Tackle OBX 400 that he just picked up before the trip, what a day to break in your new rod!
After 15 minutes battling Evan had to ask for help and I did not hesitate for a second, after another 5 minutes we saw the fish and I knew exactly what was going to happen, another run for deeper water, 10 minutes and the fish was at the boat side with the gaff stuck on its face, celebration beyond expectation, cheers and jubilation Woo Hoo, a fat 76 inch long with a 52 inch girth hit the deck, 256LB!!

BIG EYE MISSION COMPLETE!!!
Let the photo do the justice, until next time 
Tackle used:
Rod: Race Point 150 prototype, El Maestro ,Saltywater Tackle OBX 400, Spinal Rod
Reel: Shimano Stella SW & SWB
Line: Shout Sasame, Sunline, Varivas
Lures: Moutoukenmaru, CB One ( Rodeo, Drifter, Ozma), Shimano Ocea,Smith Baby Runboh, Lamble Bait Haoli
Jig: Hot's drift tune , Y2, Haoli, CB one, Shout,

Tight lines
Sami











El Maestro!
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Evan hooked up!
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OBX 400 in action!
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OBX 400 with an outstanding job!
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Side to side with Evan celebrating the victory!
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Group picture
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Congrats on the Big Eye! That is a beautiful fish.

Did the OBX 400 feel under gunned at all anytime during the fight? Or did it handle it the whole time no problem?

Nice job guys! I would have been stoked with the Yellowfin.
 

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You pimpz! Congratulations to all! I am going to have to seriously consider moving to new york so I can jump on these last minute trips =P
 

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Nice work. Hot's Y2 jig?

d-a
 

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Congrats on the Big Eye! That is a beautiful fish.

Did the OBX 400 feel under gunned at all anytime during the fight? Or did it handle it the whole time no problem?

Nice job guys! I would have been stoked with the Yellowfin.

I guess Sami can speak for his experience, but it did not feel under gunned to me; it had the right combination of power but enough bend to make it not too tough on my body; my body as a whole was feeling pretty good at the time I asked Sami for assistance, i.e. my back, shoulders, legs etc., but what gave for me in the end was my forearm/wrist. The lack of strength in my forearm might be due to a minor forearm injury I sustained about a year ago 'or it could be I just need to hit the gym. Either way, the fact that a big eye of this size could be landed in around 30 minutes, two anglers or no, is a testament to its strength.

Although if you have the capabilities of an angler like Sami, I think you can put a bit more of a hurting on this type of fish using the OBX 500.

BTW, we shot some video of this trip and the Big Eye fight, so keep an eye out for that. You'll be able to see more of the rod in action.
 

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The hook bend? still land the fish guys? BTW, Thanks for the yellow fin.

The hook didnt bend. I think thats an optical illusion you are seeing due to the lens Sami was using.
 

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nice catch.... congrats....!!!
any video of the fight...???

Yes I was reviewing the footage last night, came out really nice. Look out for the completed video later this week.
 
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