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Old 02-28-2011, 07:51 AM
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Default Opinion question: Which of the following is worse?

1. You hook a big one, get it right up to the side of the boat and it busts off.
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2. You hook something big, fight for a while, but it busts off before you can see it.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:09 AM
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by MSW_SatelliteBeach_FL View Post
1. You hook a big one, get it right up to the side of the boat and it busts off.
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2. You hook something big, fight for a while, but it busts off before you can see it.
Which one is better? They both sound like fun.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:11 PM
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Gotta go w/ #2.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:08 PM
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They both suck. But after losing a big tuna (100 kilos or more) at color after 3 hrs. and 55 min. I think #1 is worse. It still bugs me and that was 8 yrs ago.
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Staying at home is much worse than any of the above options.... No such thing as a bad fishing experience - but there are always ones that will have you talking to yourself on the way home (as you try to figure out how to do it better next time...).
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:48 PM
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#1 when it is the winning fish in a high dollar tournament.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:06 PM
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Number 1's worse, I once lost two Giant Tuna in the same day, both as we were bringing them to the gaff (I forgot the harpoon). The hooks must have opened up a big enough hole in their mouths, and as soon as they got the slightest bit of slack when the fish were fighting near the boat, they were gone. I would have much rather lost both right away, when their that close, and you can see them.....
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number 1 is definitely worse, was once out with a buddy in his lil 15' skiff and had been getting killed by barracuda all day, around midday we get a big hit but this one was different, instead of the fish making one run and then just giving up like cuda's often do, this one stayed down. Got the fish to the boat and it was quite easily the biggest wahoo I had ever seen up close and personal. As soon as my friend took the rod out of the holder the fish made a run and broke the line. I continue to give him hell about that day and he has never left home without a gaff since.
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Both suck, but it beats the alternative.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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I can deal with a pulled hook but it is hard to deal a connection or tackle you or your crew has fails. A tough pill to swallow. Especially when its a big fish you have been spinning the boat on for almost a hour!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:05 AM
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#1 has always been worse for me. Having one on that I never see leaves me with all kinds of ideas and fantasies about what it might have been. If it's a good day on the water, I imagine it as some giant trash fish I didn't want to catch anyway.
If it's a bad day, I just relive the fight.

Either way, I agree - beats the heck out of the alternative of not being there.

Tight lines, everyone.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:33 PM
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Can I add one?

You catch a fish, clean it, grill it, then tell one of your buddies about it and show him pictures of said fish. He then informs you the fish was likely a world record. You check with the IGFA records and realize he was most likely right.

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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
Can I add one?

You catch a fish, clean it, grill it, then tell one of your buddies about it and show him pictures of said fish. He then informs you the fish was likely a world record. You check with the IGFA records and realize he was most likely right.

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I would beat my friend with a wooden oar for mentioning it...

Actually I'm not sure that would happen. If I ever caught anything that big I'd have gobs of people take pictures and weigh it, so no one would think I was lying about it. Bound to find out records during that time frame.
That's assuming, of course, I'd actually boat it - sometimes I just let the big ones go to fight another day.
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#3 from personal experience:

60 miles offshore. Huge fish ripping line of your reel. Almost spooled once but now back to retrieving line after 20 minutes. Some bozo runs across and cuts your line only 100 yards behind your stern.
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never happens...i land everything!
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by dhy4b View Post
#3 from personal experience:

60 miles offshore. Huge fish ripping line of your reel. Almost spooled once but now back to retrieving line after 20 minutes. Some bozo runs across and cuts your line only 100 yards behind your stern.
I'd have to go all Somali Pirate on them...
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Originally Posted by MSW_SatelliteBeach_FL View Post
I'd have to go all Somali Pirate on them...
I looked all around for my rocket launcher, but couldn't find it.
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:57 AM
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Both are bad, but for me # 2 is worse. I would like to at least know what it was I lost.
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