Mike......Thanks. Got you covered on the DVD. Figured your BTD bluefin footage deserved some good tunes to go along with it and something to remember that trip. Already looking for the next weather window and studying the sat. shots. I need creampuff (you know who you are) to hand over those Stella 18000 reels to fight these fish.
For anyone still reading this thread, more details on Mike's fish. This was one tuna that we were really lucky to get in the boat. There were a series of events that occurred that would have ended with most Blue Fins or any other big fish getting off the hook.
First, we hook two big ones at the same time. Of course, they headed in 180 degrees direction. Rick was fighting one on the bow and Mike was fighting his off the stern. Jody was piloting the boat and had an impossible task. What to do? One fish was going to get off and as it happened Rick's fish broke the line first. Rick's line was screaming off the spool with no stopping in sight. Oh well, it had to happen to one of them. Now we could concentrate on Mike's fish.
Second, when we concentrated on Mike fish we realized that the line, down to the dacron by now, was caught around the prop. Lets hang upside down on the outboard motor and get the line from around the prop. OK, thats done but wait, now the line is caught on the trim tab. More fun. Luckily the line came of off the trim tab without getting cut.
Now Mike can concentrate on getting some line back on the spool. About an hour later with Mike fighting for all he is worth and applying some serious effort the gimbel section of the rod breaks off in the gimbel belt. Damn, I know that was fun without that advantage but Mike continued to get line in. About a half an hour later, pop, the top 10 inches of the gigging rod breaks off. OK what are we going to do now. After a short discussion of a couple of different options, Rick grabs the line and gets some slack and ties a loop in the line. David grabs a heavy duty trolling rod and ties that line ties the loop. Don't ask me the name of the knot but it was quick and turned out to be a very strong knot. Back to fighting the fish. Mike fights some more and we were all relieved when he got a couple of wraps of his own line on the spool of the new rod. After about 10 or 15 minutes the fish was to the side of the boat. Rick got the first head shot with a gaff and then David got another. It was too heavy to lift over the gunnel so we got a rope around the tail and then with all three pulling together it came in the boat.
It was a a major battle with Mike doing all the heavy lifting but a team effort as well. Jody piloted the boat the whole time and there were several times when the fish tried real hard to get under the boat or in the prop and he managed to keep him away from that danger. To say the least a great day on the water and that tuna I had for dinner tonight was really good. Tight lines, Steve.