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Yesterday, Team Codfather (ie. Irwan and Sunny) went out of HI in search for season's first bluefins. Seas were calm and we headed for 260-280 area that looked promising on the temp update. We saw some surface activity with porpoises mixed in, so we went there and started jigging. Though we thought bluefins would be primarily been in the mid to upper water column, Irwan smartly dropped the jig all the way to the bottom and hooked up with a nice fish right at the bottom. Seconds after he hooked up, I saw two nice fish right at the bottom on the fishfinder.

We fought her for about 40 min. and were able to land her. She measured 70" and weighed a little over 190lb after we bled her. About 30 min. into the fight, the rod broke in half, but we continued the fight and had no trouble getting her to the boat. Other than the rod, everything including Irwan's custom wind-on leader held beautifully.

We preped the fish and rested a bit. Then, Irwan jigged up a fat Blackfin. A bit after that, he hooked a 130 lb class Bluefin and we released her kicking after about 20 min of fight. Shortly after he hooked up, the fishfinder lit up with lots of Bluefins but we didn't drop another jig.

The first fish was a strong deep fighter. The second one ran around a bit and was much easier and more fun to fight. Both fish were caught in about 400 feet of water. Bluefins seemed to be scattered and we didn't really see good marks most of the day.
 

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Great job guys...Glad to see you found some. Im headed out this sat out of teaches lair. You guys think they will still hang around? I know that it all depends on the water temps
 

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Thanks guys! We were fortunate to run into them. As I said in the report, the fish were scattered and it was tough to find them. Hopefully, they will be around a while and it would get a bit easier to find them like last year soon.
 

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that good news! pretty work.
 

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Yeah!!! Right on time. Water looks too good for them to not start filling in. Just about this same time last year when it started. Also good to see they are not all overs!! 160-200lbs is the perfect jigging size. Thanks for the report. We rounded up the Rock again this past Sun but gonna start getting rigged up for the Bluefin for the next shot.
 
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