Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BLUEFIN TUNA SEASON FIRES UP

going STAND UP  bring it on
Hi all ,well the big boys have finally turned up on the west coast. With a keen group of Chinese fishers armed with there own camera man for Chinese TV and heavy stand up gear to do battle with the giant Bluefin, the boys got more than what they bargained for with the first fish ripping them off there feet and around the cockpit like rag doles, took the best part of 2hrs to bring the first one to the boat and when pulled aboard taped out at a massive 285kg first fish for the season and what a stunner, three hours later the next was hooked and brought to the boat in very short time (that is for Bluefin) of 50mins, the fish was  released est 250kg. The boys have to wait three more hours before the next one was hooked and played for 2 1/2 hours before the tag was placed an fish released at 260kg , then again first bait was bit only to break off shortly after ,great first night boys were stoked with there first taste of these monsters. Night two we were all ready to rock and the wind came away from the ne at 25kts and by 9pm we had 35 -40kts reluctantly we had to turn away  and run to the south with 4mtrs and 40kts of weather crashing over the transom in the middle of the night sure thankful of 35 ton and 56ft of cova rose beneath us not a place for the faint hearted. Night three had the weather broken and us back on the fish, took half the night to get a bite only to break it off dam, an hour later we got hooked up again and sadly the fish died in the fight and came to the boat with no life so pulled aboard an taped out at 272kg. great start with us going 4 from 6 , the helm was turned for Westport and we took back a very tired croup of Chinese gents. til next week cheers Lance



272kg bluefin

285kg Bluefin


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