Thursday, September 26, 2013

I get a call from Captain Eric to jump on board to fish the Cape for Bluefin tuna.
my only concern was the drive as I did not want to drive alone but Ray made it happen and he tagged along with me and he then headed north along with his group to fish with Captain Josh,
The run was long and my concern was the afternoon weather on the way back to the dock, however the weather man made another mistake and we had a great ride back home.
We were close to Captain Dom and Captain Josh and we fished in the same area, took us a while to get a bite and set up the right drift, thanks to Captain Dom for his advice it came in handy and fruitful,
listening to the radio in the early morning was a lot of fun, I probably heard the words of tight over 50 times yesterday and the guys on board Captain Dom and Captain Josh were on fire, as always I have to work harder but I know it is a matter of time before it will happen to us,
I was talking to Captain Eric and Richard and wanted to grab my plier and boom, I get hammered on the stop, I set the hook and the fish charged to the top to come unbuttoned right at gaff, the fish hit the Shout Width 210g in pink, I was a bit disappointed to lose it at the gaff but that is what keeps us going harder,
get to another drift and Captain Eric get a good bump but the fish did not commit to the jig, we kept on drifting and hearing and seeing guys getting fish here and there, I can see Eric getting worried so I turned to him and I said: Eric we will make it happen today we just need to put our time and effort.
I switched back to the OBX-400 Paired with the Torsa 16 and we marked fish and I instantly get a decent hit in mid water, that fish literally kicked my A.. I had never fought a fish like that, so stubborn and on the top of that the reel did not help me, I had a problem with the drag as the reel is old and need to be serviced but I never had the chance to send it to Shimano, it took close to 30minutes to land that fish and on every turn and run I felt like I wasn’t  going to land it, Richard was full of encouragement and it  reminded me of myself when others are fighting along with me , he gave me the encouragement to fight and land that fish and I have to admit that for once I had my fore arms seized on me,
The gaff shot was amazing after missing the first one which made me forget about the miss,
a big celebration took place on the Contender and a nice 65 inch fatty hit the deck,
I can’t have a better day than that, we stayed for another hour and we called it off.
I thank Captain Dom for the Intel and Captain Eric for the great day on the water.
Tackle used:

Rod: Saltywater Tackle OBX-400 Jigging Rod, MC Works SB 556MS, Smith AMJ-52EX, El Maestro 77H Prototype, Race Point 100 Prototype
Reels: Shimano Stella SW20000, Shimano Saragosa 10000 prototype, Shimano Torsa 16
Line: Sunline HG PE Jigger
Leader:  Seaguar 100lb Fluorocarbon
Jigs: Shout Width 210g, Shout Shab Shab200g & 300g, Haoli Slim & Long 230g

  Tight Lines

Monday, September 16, 2013

The moving and setting up of the new shop in New Jersey made me stay on the land for a "while" and sitting in the shop reading those "RED HOT BITE" reports is not fun at all.
Finally made up my mind and found the time and crew to set up a trip with Capt. Josh of Outermost Angling and crew consist of John, Fee and Hing.
Met up with Capt Josh at the dock by 5.00am and by the time we reach the fishing ground it was already packed with boats out there and of course as always "The Whale Show" always comes first hehe.....but it didn't take long before we marked fish, second drop and i got a good bite but lost it right away, dropped the jig again and instantly get tight, fought it to the leader but unfortunately the hook pulled by the boat side :(
We went back to where we marked fish and believe it or not, the same jig(Lamble Bait Half Pitch Series II) in pink was on fire again, finally had charlie into the boat and it was a 55" beautiful and healthy fish.
The bite was still good and this time Captain Josh hooked up another one but lost it by the boat side again, in the meantime John's reel was screaming big time, the line peeled out from the new Stella 20000SWB with high drag and we knew right away that it was a giant, Captain Josh started to chase after the fish and tried to gain some line but no matter what we did, we just couldn't stop the beast, SORRY John! too bad the leader got shaved and the fish swam away freely.
The area was beginning to filled up with boats and we tried to stay  clear from other boats, after making a couple move, we marked them again, John hooked up again and finally landed his first tuna in the Cape, well done buddy! Followed by Fee as well with his very first Cape Cod tuna, big congratulation and credits to both John and Fee.
To summarize the trip, we all had a blast out there, had tons of fun and laughter and strained back for me!

P.S Saltywater Tackle Outer Banks 400 Jigging Rod accounted for all the fish caught! A total of 7 hook ups and 4 landed.

Tackle used,
Rod : Saltywater Tackle Outer Banks 400, Valley Hill Mogi Special and Maori Spirits
Reel : Shimano Stella 20000SW and SWB, Shimano Trinadad 40
Jig : Lamble BCait Half Pitch, Lamble Bait Flashing Haoli, Hot's Drift Tune, Shout Width, Stay and Shab Shab


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Prince Edward Island, Canada 2013 (1st Group)

Day 1,
Brendan and his group from Australia were not disappointed to get a taste of giant Bluefin tuna on their stand up rod,
After 30 second from our first stop we marked tuna on the bottom and second after that Brendan was tight to a demon fish that he had to put all what he got to get it close to boat 
side, we get the fish 4 times to leader but did not had a chance to raise the tail and get a good pictures of it.

Beautiful clean fight with over 60lb of drag for the whole fight!! Thumbs UP to you Brendan and well done!

Day 2,

At the early AM and for the whole night the wind was pounding like no tomorrow,
The boys woke up at 6:00AM and first thing they ask me, do you think we are going to go? I said no way.
I Called Tony to check and confirm and he give it a go, we packed quickly and rushed to the harbor,
The weather actually looked Ok till we were out 1 miles but we had no problem finding the mackerel, the bait was plenty and the ocean was showing up his power and anger.
Get to the net and found some mark under it, it literally took a minutes and we were tight.
It was Kim’s turn and he choose to fight it from the rail, after 30 minutes he gave it to Brendan that choose to go stand up till he land the beast, I had the pleasure to harpoon the fish and it was a clean beautiful shoot, the Aussie guys were fascinated with the fishery in PEI, they came in to film it from a commercial point of view and they got it done!
The Shimano Tiagara 80 did a fantastic job with 60lb of drag at all time!
We killed the fish that measured 111 inches and weighted 761lb, beautiful result to end of the day but my only wish was to have a sunny day for the photo shots whoever that did happen, I guess you can’t wish for sunny day in PEI 
Day 3,
The excitement was on everybody’s face as we all knew the weather is going to be descent and the wind is calm,

We went with Tony’s today and as soon as we stopped we marked fish on the Herring net, Tony’s lifted the net to find them filled with herrings,
The bait arrived in big number and the commercial fleet set up their net at night, some big fish came up to the net and my heart start pumping as I never fished before,
I finally going to feel the pain and it is been exactly close to 1 year since I fought a giant on stand up, I didn’t want to experiment any equipment so I end up going with the same tackle as last year, a Shimano Talica 50 II spooled with 130lb Power Pro Hollow Ace and matched with a Shimano Tallus rod,
The fish took the bait 20 seconds after we dropped it and game on, I gave all what I can and I pushed the Talica 50 to the max, at the end of the fight we checked the drag and it was at 56lb, I believe the reels is more than enough for PEI and again no failure to report,
We had the fish at boat side with the leader in the hand when the fish broke loose it broke right at the hook, unfortunately we couldn’t take a picture at the boat side but all is good and it was a great fight.
It took 54 minutes to land the fish and according to Tony the fish was around the 750lb mark, at 9:15 we were back at the dock We took a 2 hours break and went back at it again for an afternoon session.

It was Kim’s turn,
Kim was nervous but full of excitement from day one, wanted to do it stand up but the weather did not help him to do it on the second day,
The condition was right and the support was there for him, he is been watching and observing for the past 2 days and trying to learn as much as he could,
Kim’s is biggest fish on rod and reel was 30lb but today all this is going to change and the man is about to experience the fight of his life time,
We put him on the rod and he performed beyond imagination , the 150lb man took it seriously and focused on putting the heat on the fish with 65lb for the whole fight, I was speechless!
Amazing what kind of power get out of us when we are on this transition to accomplish our task.
We had the fish to leader when the same scenario happen early morning, the leader broke 3 feet before raising that fish close to boat side for the photo,
All in all Kim was a happy man and he is going back home with a big smile on his face, I was very happy to be part of this trip and to see that kind of accomplishment!
Congratulations Kim and well done, You earned my respect!
Rod: Shimano Tallus & Ian Miller 60KG MM60 (Mad Miller)
Reel: Shimano Talica 50 II, Shimano Tiagara 80

Line: Power Pro Ace Hollow 130lb
Shot Leader: Jinkai 200lb
Leader: Seaguar Fluorocarbon 180lb
Belt: Black Magic Harness

Tight lines