Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bluefin....


Two winters ago, Ryan, Mike, and I braved the waters of North Carolina to catch Bluefin Tuna. What a trip we had right after Christmas Holiday. We fished the Outer Banks coast until we had a cooperative day with the weather that allowed us to navigate to the Gulf Stream. One local guy mentioned that the last time they had a rush of Bluefin this thick, the Bluefish were running in three mile wide schools. That was also the case while we were down there for the week. We had gone out with Capt. Barry Daniels on his boat, "The SkirtChaser." Barry was also the same guy that we went out with when we had caught the Atlantic Billfish Grandslam the previous year. We left the dock at 5:30am and ventured out in the brisk 45 degree weather. After about an hour and a half ride to the fishing grounds, it was close to 75 degrees in the Gulf Stream. We had a great day in which we hooked up with 11 Bluefin that day. All of the fish were released that day except for two. Ryan had one on that was over 400lbs+, but the line had snapped 2 hours into the fight. The sound of the line breaking sounded like a shotgun blast. The best part of the trip was watching the Bluefin the break the surface on a huge bait ball. They were flashing everywhere. Here is photo of one we had caught which was around 90lbs. Enjoy...
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