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Old 13 May 2009, 23:56   #1
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Tuna time in San Carlos

The yellow fin tuna (Ahi tuna) are here. First catch of the season and one 50 pounder hurt me. It sounded to about 200 ft. right behind the boat and stayed there; dead vertical drop on the line. Even if we moved the boat forward it still stayed there. I punched the reel down to low and set the drag as tight as I dared. Approx. 60 lbs. any tighter and I would have risked breaking the line ( 100lb. test.) The drag still slipped. I was in the chair with the rod but in the gimbal and holding on with both hands and trying to crank. After about 1/2 hour the fish started to tire and managed to get it up. They say this is fun but by arms and back hurt like hell. A couple of pics. back at the cleaning station of cleaning bagging etc at the end on the day. However, the seared crusted tuna on the BBQ tastes like heaven. Bagged approx. 100lbs of filets and gave most away. However we do get to eat at the Cantina for free for a few weeks.
Forgot to mention we had a triple hook up of 3 x40lb+ tuna within 3 seconds. If you want to see total pandamonium on a boat this was it. Quite dangerous actually.
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Old 14 May 2009, 06:47   #2
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They say this is fun but by arms and back hurt like hell.
Imagine how the tuna feel about it..
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[QUOTE Quite dangerous actually. [/QUOTE]

Why not just keep the Tuna in the sea then!!
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Why not just keep the Tuna in the sea then!!


Because he's not a shark who can simply swim down there to eat them.


By the way, nice catch LL ! They look delicious!
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so that makes ok then
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so that makes ok then
We assume you do not eat fish and chips, pork, beef etc etc. then????

If it makes you feel any better; the two guys who did all the cleaning earnt 5 quid and two bags of fish each for 1 1/2 hrs work including cleaning the boat.
Their families will have a treat as will all the other low income people who we gave fish to. None of that fish goes to waste.

Also, that trip costs us $100 for fuel food, gear drinks etc. so that helps the local economy which is very depressed at the mo.

Yes: I think that IS OK. and I feel good about it.

PS. I knew someone would have to make a protest.
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Nice work! I just got back from San Jose del Cabo on Tuesday. I did some surf fishing for Rooster fish, but mainly caught jack carevelle. Ended up giving them to the local fisherman there.

I love the Sea of Cortez! There is a lot of amazing fishing to be done.

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You and your 'hard-core' mates missed my point and that was you last two sentences on your first post 'pandamonium on a boat and dangerous really'!! As one who believes in enjoying himself on a rib I also advise safe boating for all. It seems I caught some over zealous 'sharks' with my comment.
And BTW I am also speaking as somkeone who commercialy fished on the W of Scotland. Now I will go back to my knitting
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PS. I knew someone would have to make a protest.
I suspect that in the overall scheme of things, your few fishies aren't going to cause a huge problem...
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Nice art work Stoo. Hows Tobermory this weather?

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