those irish bluefins again... - Fly Fishing Forum
Bluewater Extreme Test the limits of the fly fishing domain

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 6 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 03-08-2002, 11:19 AM
Mylo's Avatar
Mylo Mylo is offline
Irish flies are smiling
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: The Irish Coast, the Western Lakes, small rivers near Dublin, secret spots in Donegal...
Posts: 110
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: )
No angler, no matter how good, can catch a fish everytime, but then no fish, no matter how cunning, can resist a fly everytime...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-08-2002, 01:10 PM
capt_gordon's Avatar
capt_gordon capt_gordon is offline
NC Fly Guy
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cape Lookout, NC
Posts: 340
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!!!!!
Capt Gordon
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2002, 07:36 AM
pmflyfisher's Avatar
pmflyfisher pmflyfisher is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Upper Mid West - Great Lakes Tributaries
Posts: 3,165
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
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yikes! Bluefins spotted! bonefishmon Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 2 11-04-2005 07:58 PM
HELP OUR IRISH SALMON (ENGLISH TOO@!)salar636 salar636 Classic Atlantic Salmon 0 10-26-2004 10:51 AM
wild irish smoked salmon paul locke Classic Atlantic Salmon 42 03-08-2004 03:26 AM
Irish Guide Details Lefty Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 2 01-03-2001 03:29 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:30 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)