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No YF Tuna, but a HUGE Consolation Prize

Old 07-11-2018, 12:55 PM
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Its that time of the year again where Mr. and Mrs. Shoeless load the boat and head East to the Bahamas. Since we sold our Pursuit 2470 for a larger boat, we purchased a 2003 Hydrasports 2800 Vector WA. I have been getting it rigged over the last year and learning the ins and outs of this wonderful boat.



Being this was the first time across the Gulf Stream, we opted to just go to West End and stretch her legs a bit. The goal of this trip, and the goal for getting this boat, was to chase YF Tuna.


We started out with some relaxing deep dropping and shallow reef fishing while we settled into the routine of camping out on the boat. The first day of chasing tuna started out at 6:00 rigging baits and looking at the weather and conditions. I wanted to fish off the corner, but decided to run to the canyons to avoid the storms. The new Garmin Radar operated perfectly and we had no issues marking birds 3-3.5 miles out. Unfortunately, the first day resulted in no tuna and a lot of burned fuel. Although, we did learn the routine of trolling for tuna and got into a rhythm.



Over the next day or so, we relaxed with more deep dropping and reef fishing and made plans to run for tuna one more time on this trip. Same setup, wake up early, rig baits, turn on the radar and get to work. About mid morning, I’m working a pack of birds, watching my approach and turns on the birds, and the left long line goes off. I look back and see a BILL FISH running with my bait in its mouth. Sure enough, I’m tight, and he starts SCREAMING drag off. The wife and I clear lines, harness me up, and settle into an hour-long fight. Lana ran the boat EXPERTLY, keeping me and the fish positioned where we needed to be. All the fishing gods shined down on us and we landed this estimated 300 lb. Blue Marlin!!!! After a release and health fish running off in the distance, it was all I could do to stand up, high five the wife, and fall back on the bean bag. What an AMAZING experience!!! I couldn’t believe that my 80 lb leader held up to all that thrashing, I’m still blown away.



We closed our trip with some shallow reef fishing and diving for conch one last day. We found a sweet spot for the conch and got our limit in short order. While Lana was diving, 2 Dolphin decided to come up and check her out. Video of this is a little shaky, I forgot my GoPro pole adaptor, but I still got video of it.



This trip will go do as one for the memory books.

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Old 07-11-2018, 01:01 PM
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Much better than a YFT. Congrats on a stellar catch!
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:30 PM
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Great memorable day there!!! The blue marlin for one, but also having your wife there and her expertly captaining the boat. I'm certain you two will tell that story over many beers throughout your future.
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looks a little bigger than 300lbs! That thing was a beast. nice job.
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Congrats !!! What a great way to break in the new boat , it will be hard to top that trip but I'm sure you two will have fun trying !
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Your gonna need a bigger boat.... Great catch/post!
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Makomyday25 View Post
looks a little bigger than 300lbs! That thing was a beast. nice job.
I like the way you think .

Without putting any more undue stress on the fish, I have a couple set points on the boat that I use for measurements later in video and photos, but it was all I could do just to hold the fish up at the surface for short video and pics before I had to cut it loose. From my measurements, I rounded down to 300 lb.
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Nice!! Congrats
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Well that’s a heck of a surprise.
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Awesome! When we were talking about the YF Tuna being rough and consolation prizes...I wasn’t thinking of a Blue Marlin!!

i thin the Blue Marlin qualifies as the grand prize vs. a consolation prize.

as has already been said, what a spectacular catch. And, to have your wife on the wheel. What a great experience to share together. Gotta love it when a plan comes together better than expected!

Congrats!

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Old 07-12-2018, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by BambamJim View Post
Awesome! When we were talking about the YF Tuna being rough and consolation prizes...I wasn’t thinking of a Blue Marlin!!

i thin the Blue Marlin qualifies as the grand prize vs. a consolation prize.

as has already been said, what a spectacular catch. And, to have your wife on the wheel. What a great experience to share together. Gotta love it when a plan comes together better than expected!

Congrats!

Many thanks Jim!!! This is definitely a catch of a lifetime for me. I figured I'd be a little creative/funny on the title , maybe I should change it to HUGE BLUE MARLIN for Shoeless.

I can tell ya, I got this one right in the area you will be fishing here in a couple days.
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From my measurements, I rounded down to 300 lb.
Fisherman's Official Rule #3----------> Always round UP!

I'm calling it 350........

BambamJim and I will want to hear the long version of the story on the way out to the Dry Tortugas in a few weeks!
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Awesome! What a great trip!!
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Originally Posted by Gary M View Post
Fisherman's Official Rule #3----------> Always round UP!

I'm calling it 350........

BambamJim and I will want to hear the long version of the story on the way out to the Dry Tortugas in a few weeks!
Your right Gary, I should have just thrown up the number I came up with, 324 lb. based on measurements
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Beautiful fish congrats!
Those things earn your respect don't they?
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Thats flat out awesome!
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Beautiful fish congrats!
Those things earn your respect don't they?
Thank you Sir!!!

I have a lot of respect for those monsters now. I'm so glad I had the full harness to assist in this battle. I'm still laid up on the couch sore LOL. Although I have do have a horrible back to start with from injuries in Iraq.
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I can sympathize with being laid up on the couch! Thanks for your service in Iraq.

Great fish and great video of your trip.
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Beautiful fish congratulations
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