Prince Edward Island .... all the rage
Listening to all these stories about giants, catching them in super sonic times and people boasting about crazy drag settings our group of four decided to come here and see what it takes to actually land these fish. This place is magical no other way to describe it, a fisherman's dream. Literally 10 minute boat ride, then another 5 seconds before your bait gets inhaled by a pure giant.
Its really easy to get carried away once you get here but in admiration of these fish our group decided against taking any fish in the boat for pictures. Today was slated to be Sami's day on the rod and boy was it. Sami was able to release a giant over the grander mark in 75 minutes with only 50 pounds of drag during that time. Masterful performance. Captain Tony of Tony's Tuna fishing was the single most gracious captain I have ever met. Massive cooler stocked with food, drinks, beer, followed by fresh lobster rolls for lunch and fresh PEI mussels cooked for us before we headed in.
We had no gear failures to speak of, Okuma Makaira 80w's performed perfect along with the stand up rods. Enjoy the pictures from Day 1 ... more to come after day two
OMG were to begin. This was the single best fishing experience of my life. Today was my day and I had the opportunity to fight and land a tremendous bluefin. The fish dumped over 700 yards of line at 45 pounds of drag on the initial run. 40 minutes later at a max drag of only 55 pounds I was able to get her boatside.
Based on her massive girth and thick body the Captain put her around the grand mark, could be a couple shy either way but Ill take it.
** A huge thank you to Dennis Braid for his guidance and for discovering this fishery for stand up giants. Talking to you about PEI for the last 2-3 years inspired me to do this and make my dreams a reality ... In addition the captain, mate and other anglers all agreed that your 48 powerplay rod was the best stand up rod on the market.
Enjoy the shots guys ... stay tuned for day 3 & 4
Another day in Jurrasic Park has ended along with another success. Tom was up today and battled another beast to perfection. The fish was landed in 70 minutes as Tom really put the heat to him. Captain put her right around 900. On top of being an insanely funny guy he is a great angler. Fish were eager to eat live or dead bait and was hooked within 5 seconds.
Khalid, Khalid, Khalid seems like everyone is asking about Khalid. Well today was his day and not only did he shine but he did it in approximately 40 minutes which is amazing. He was so eager for his chance he was pacing the boat because of all days today the fish didnt show until late and thats when he took his shot. He hammered the fish right away and kept up a ferocious pace using my braid rod and Okuma Makaira 80w reel. Honestly this fish which was in the 700 pound range didn't have a shot.
Great job man, way to take charge of your opportunity. Circle is complete all four anglers have their releases and time to get home.
2nd part of the trip
PEI, Jurassic Park Part II
First I would like to thank Captain Dom who organized this trip and unfortunately couldn't make it.
we fished for 2 days with Bruce Brother and all I have to say that we had another outstanding trip. Paul flew from DC to Boston and got picked up by Jason and Eric while I was waiting in PEI.
Jason was the first on the rod to land an estimated 900lb in 85 minutes, had it to the boat side, took a couple of shot; then Jason decided to take a plunge with the fish. we called the day and tossed a couple of lures without hooks to see the fish explode on them.
On our second day we had Paul at the rod that unfortunately lost the fish after 10 minutes, the hook came out loose after a sudden run, I guess Paul has an unfinished business for next year,
Captain Eric decided to take his shot on the chair, he landed an estimated 650lb in 55 minutes.
I would like to thank Captain Troy and Jamie from Bruce Brother for their service. What a great fishery they have up North but now our Bluefin tuna fall run should start in Cape Cod and who knows maybe we can hook up a giant this fall!
enjoy the pictures guys!