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Mylo 03-08-2002 11:19 AM

those irish bluefins again...
Hi to all -

Remember there last November/October there was a lot of commotion about the bluefin tunas getting caught 300m from the coast in Ireland? (Biggest one set the new European Record of 968lbs)
Well here are more pics of the tuna fishing in Ireland and a bit of the story behind the capture. It seems a boat is still required(!) but they are nearly all getting caught breath takingly close to land (for a fly caster with an over active imagination...). There is even a map for a bit of perspective.

bluefin tuna fishing in ireland

It will be of some interest that one of the boats used a kite to 'dap' a bait over 'rising' tuna! The fish actually boiled to dapped mackerel and was on but then lost after a brief fight... Not quite swff but a strange parallel with dry fly fishing none the less!

Anyway I imagine that this season there may be some one (mad enough:eyecrazy: ) to try for these giants with a fly!

(and I have to say the posts above on St Paddy almost make me feel homesick!:hehe: )

capt_gordon 03-08-2002 01:10 PM

bluefin on fly
It can be done. A number of them have been cuaght here in NC. Not by me. I am not really interested in the abuse. If you can find schools of bf's in a particular area on a regular basis there are many ways to do it. Chunking with menhaden is a prime way to do it. If you find fish on a large ball of baitfish you can cast to them as they are feeding. If they are more spread out you can troll for them and then throw chunked menhaden and cast to any followers. Good luck to you!! Don't get pulled out of the boat!!!!!

pmflyfisher 03-10-2002 07:36 AM

I saw a 700-800 pound blue fin dead on the docks at Province Town, Massachusetts.

I do not want to even think about what an endurance test that would be if you should hook one. I would pass and not give it a go.

Had my one levithan on (Big Wisconsin Chippewa Flowage Musky)
probably 45 ponds plus. It was liked being hooked to Red October, dragged me all over flowage, until it decided to end the game.

No thanks

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