My First Tuna

Old 08-23-2009, 06:03 AM
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First of all going after Tuna takes a lot of time, $$, prep, and of course Lessons learned.
This was our fourth trip and we had the boat at Menemsha for a week and what a great depature point. we headed south on Wednesday in a little fog, but based on our friends reports of massive blitzes of Tuna on Tuesday. We went to the exact coordinates after a 30 mile steam and nothing. Drove for another hour in search and finally started marking bait, then saw a whale. Gear in the water, but only put in 3 rods due to all the blue fish chatter we were hearing. Made one troll through where the whales were.....nothing, then turned back for our second troll through a point just a little south where there were a ton of birds sitting, and a tuna flew through the air after our middle rod. But it missed. Then all of the sudden, all three rods got hammered. SO COOL. We were all screaming, panicing, swearing, and in the mix, lost 2 but landed a 44 incher that was 50lbs. It was great, my parents, and brother were out with me and 2 friends. So cool to share that excitement with the family.

OK, for the lessons learned.
1) should have immediately put the rods back in the water after the other two rods lost fish. We did not, we cleared the lines.
2) We only went out with 2 bags of ice. What a joke on a hot summer day
3) We did not go out again that week.
4) Need a bigger gaff.
5) Did not bleed fish
6) I could keep going for ever on lessons learned.

On the way back we saw a pod of fish in the 150lb range crashing the water coming 3-4 feet clear out of the water.

also had fished a I have spread the tuna bug to my folks, and my brother.

Good times.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:25 AM
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Awsome, what where you using. Spreader bars, daisychains, Or where you jigging. How close did you spot fish to Gay head. I am thinking of heading out this week or weekend, Will also be a 1st for me as well. Just looking for a idea as how close the schools are to gay head or past nomans.
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congrats man, all of you look very happy. Im working on catching my first bluefin as well, the day i do ill be posting here too!
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awesome great job!
Old 08-24-2009, 05:03 AM
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From Gay Head "Aquinnah" we were about 20 miles south. About 1 hr run from Menemsha cruising at 28. The radio we screaming with people complaining about blue fish hammering their gear so I only put 3 rods in. 1 green machine spreader bar, 1 pink daisy chain, 1 rainbow spreader bar.

The tuna and blue's simultaneously were hammering all three. Blue fish will cost me a few hours of re-crimping and tying.

ended up landing the tuna on rainbow

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Congrats! Now you are really afflicted, and it's all downhill from here

Nice catch, and it should be good to the South for a while now.
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Default Congratulations

Good luck fluke fishing now! Everything else is a letdown after your first tuna.

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