It was at Atlantis Canyon. When we left Montauk on Sunaday night we had a report that one private boat landed 5 bigeye out of 10 at Atlantis on Sunday morning and we decided to go to Atlantis canyon first.
We started to troll by 5:30 am, but it didn't take long we had hit. We had double header as you see in the first picture, but unfortunately one fish was lost as lines crossed each other. John fought for an hour and gave the rod to me and I fought on Smith Spyder Harness. I fought pretty comfortably using the harness, but there were some scary moments when the fish charged under the boat as I couldn't extend my rod as I used the harness. As the rail position is high on a party boat, the railing is much better choice than using the harness when fighting big fish on a party boat. Mike wearing white shirt is very experienced tuna fisherman. He goes to Hurricane Bank on the Excel every year and he caught 290 pound yellowfin tuna last year. This bigeye fought much harder than my 283 lbs yellowfin tuna caught in PV a few years aga and Mike also agreed that it fought harder than his 290 lbs yft. After the catch we had another hookup soon and Brian got a nice bigeye on Metalic Sardine jig when the boat stopped. Everybody rushed to his jigging rod and Tom got one on 8 oz hammered diamond jig, but I had a hit on my jig, but I cound't set the hook. It was amazing Tom got his 130 lbs bigeye in 5 minutes. He used Saltiga 50 as I did. We lost quiet a few bigeye due to various reasons. One time we had 4 hook-ups on troll and landed only one.
When trolling slowed down, we decided to go bottomfishing. After catching some tilefish,hake, barrelfish and wreckfish in deep water, they decided to head toward Hydrographer canyon for night chunking, but before we set up trollong lures, one line was screaming and we knew it was a big tuna. After two hour fight, we finally landed it. It was 73 inchers and was probably 260 - 270 lbs, but Mike who fought both big fish said this fish fought harder than the first one.
It was amazing bigeye bite through out the day. As bigeye bites were increadible, they decided to troll the rest of the day and we gave up going to Hydrographer canyon and anchored at Atlantis. The night bites were pretty slow though one guy had a 120 lbs bigeye on chunk.
We started to troll the same area next morning, but all bigeye just disappeared.
-fight of another big bigeye (243 lbs dressed (without head and gut))