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: Tuna part IV...


Smcdermott
07-10-2007, 10:43 PM
I hit the water yesterday after the great day with Steve. My guest was Rob who has a passion for these fish equal to mine. We set out to get Rob his personal best and first of the season. Things were looking great as just a few miles away from the ramp we found massive schools of tuna all over the surface. We tied on a Boylermaker on a 2/0 600sp and were soon tight to a nice fish. Unfortunately I think it was too nice as all that returned was a chewed up piece of 40lb fluoro. We experienced three more hookups over a few hour period but one after another they came loose. One Rob broke off intentionally after seeing a fist full of knots headed toward the guides. One spit the hook boatside while trying to get the fishes head turned and one more chewed through the leader. Rob gave me the bow at that time and I hooked my biggest fish to date. We both agreed that it was about 5 feet long and 100+ pounds as we had it at the boat with the leader in the tip top. Unfortunately the fish decided it wasn't game over as we thought and made a run for the back of the boat and sliced the leader on the trim tab taking the tip top of my new TFO with it. Rob brought a backup $70 ebay special Redbone 14wt with him and we were back in business. The wind picked up from the east and we slogged our way through it and were rewarded with Rob's personal best and first fish of the year. The wind layed down but unfortunately so did the bite. We found some huge schools of finning and rolling fish late in the day but just could not get them to eat. Awesome to see what must have been high hundreds to thousands of tuna all around the boat. While I didn't get a fish over the gunwale for myself it was a still a great day on the water. I just hope these fish stick around and I can get my hands on another rod by this weekend!


Rob with his fish:

http://members.cox.net/seanmcdermott/RobTuna%20(Medium).JPG



Me casting to a pod:

http://members.cox.net/seanmcdermott/Castingtotuna%20(Medium).JPG

Slinger
07-11-2007, 12:03 AM
Man, your turning into a legend and you ain`t near old enough yet!! Soon as I learn how to send pics I`ve got some pretty good ones for ya. Got to get a chin strap for my hat, my head is so burned I can`t even comb my hair!
Slinger

FishHawk
07-11-2007, 05:44 AM
Sean , get a six pack license and your an official guide.You sure have them dialed in. FishHawk

Warren
07-11-2007, 06:08 AM
Sean,
Damn Son.........You sure are hard on equipment :D
Looks like that Danielsson is holding up though. Excellent report, keep 'em comin'

juro
07-11-2007, 10:01 AM
As if it wasnt hard enough giving up my spot last Saturday now ogling these pics from work is just drving me bonkers!!

great stuff Sean!

Dble Haul
07-11-2007, 10:08 AM
Sean, that picture of you casting into that pod is classic. Great stuff as usual.

mikez
07-11-2007, 04:06 PM
Dang! You must be popular with the local flyshop!
Bummer about the rod.
Glad to hear you're still getting into them.
I love the pics. Those are some cool looking fish.

Smcdermott
07-11-2007, 04:40 PM
Dang! You must be popular with the local flyshop!
Bummer about the rod.
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Luckily since the whole stick didn't go overboard this time its covered under warranty. During the fight the reel seat actually started spinning on its axis so every time I went to palm the reel it would push away and start twisting the line around the rod. Not exactly the best scenario for fighting the biggest fish of my life. I really hope this was an isolated instance on my rod as I really like the action and the pure lifting power but that just shouldn't happen on a big game stick. I plan on taping the ferules next time to avoide the tip top issue.

Sean

mikez
07-11-2007, 06:54 PM
They oughta make you a product field tester.:hihi:
It's gotta be some tough gear to put up with that kind of action!

jfbasser
07-11-2007, 08:26 PM
Luckily since the whole stick didn't go overboard this time its covered under warranty. During the fight the reel seat actually started spinning on its axis so every time I went to palm the reel it would push away and start twisting the line around the rod. Not exactly the best scenario for fighting the biggest fish of my life. I really hope this was an isolated instance on my rod as I really like the action and the pure lifting power but that just shouldn't happen on a big game stick. I plan on taping the ferules next time to avoide the tip top issue.

Sean

Back in the day:hihi: when I ran with a crowd that sweetwater Bass fished constantly we ran into the rotating reel seat issue with a particular line of moderately priced rods. We found that it was not an isolated incident but an epoxy workmanship issue. We actually started calling them "spinning" rods rather than conventionals:) We started drilling them out and pumping in more epoxy.

Quentin
07-11-2007, 09:47 PM
Me casting to a pod:

That is an awesome pic :cool:

So did you hook up on that cast??

I love the sound albies make when they crash bait on the surface. I can't even imagine what it might sound like when those bluefins get going :eek:

Great pics and reports. Keep 'em comin'!

Q

sean
07-11-2007, 10:10 PM
Well Sean, I guess I will have to invest in that 15wt loomis cross current afterall.

Funny the reel seat fails. Expoyxing the grip in place is about the easiest part of the rod building process...at least on the half dozen rods I have built...

-sean

Smcdermott
07-13-2007, 09:00 AM
Quentin,

Not on that pod but I did shortly after on the big fish that took down the TFO.

Sean,

That rod is a serious meat stick. Gimble but, foam fighting grip.

Sean

Lefty
07-13-2007, 01:37 PM
Wow! Great stuff Sean, on the fly too! Anyone got a used 14 wt. they want to sell me?

Lefty

Lefty
07-13-2007, 03:03 PM
Hey Sean,
What's the details on that rod Rob has in his mouth? Looks like a 12 wt.??

Lefty

Slinger
07-13-2007, 08:09 PM
Lefty, from another site, thats a 14 wt. that came from E bay for $70. Not bad for a backup rod!
Slinger