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Old 07-01-2007, 11:33 PM
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Another first for the Avril Marie and the forum family...

Big tuna on fly.

Both fish were about 50" and 60-70lbs according to the charts. Both were landed in 30-40 minutes with 12wt rods and appeared healthy upon release.


Sean Ransom joined me today for a last minute trip. Costly trip as I lost an Xi2 12wt and Abel Super 11 over the gunnel but the fishing gods returned the favor with a few fish to help stem the pain.


Sean with his first tunoid ever...what a start.





Me with my first of the year and personal best by a good margin.





These fish take a little muscle to get in the boat...





Sean
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:36 AM
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Nice fish guys. Too bad about the lost equipment. What fly did they eat? FishHawk
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:50 AM
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Sean & Sean,
Good show! Man the gods were on you side and look at that flat water! How far out did you have to travel Sean?
Thanks for the pics. And sorry to hear about the rod too.
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:49 AM
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Sean, awesome! You and Sean have done what I have yet to do on the fly. Great job, and hope to see you in late August. Sorry about the outfit, that is real money down the drain.
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:55 AM
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Ouch, that has to hurt. Hope it is all covered by insurance.

Fantastic fish though.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:04 AM
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Great pictures and great fish. Awesome.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:10 AM
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The fish both ate a small olive over white deceiver on a 2/0 600sp hook. Tied by Sean Ransom. I understand he is no marketing the Tuna Angels for a reasonable fee!

Unfortunately I don't think insurance is going to do much for me. I have a $1000 dedcutible on the personal property on my homeowners and did not itemize any fishing gear so it applies. No rider on the boat policy for personal property either. Live and learn on that one.

Sean
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:30 AM
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Fishing wise we had a killer day. To go 2-3 on the fly is very special with that fishery. Unfortunately the lost tackle kept it from begin a great day all around, that really sucked.

A big thanks to Sean for taking me out and for the angling advice. I had a little bit of the tuna jitters but Sean coached me through it and got me to slow down and get the fly into a fish.

Big bluefin was something on my angling todo list and can finally say I got one.

A tuna fight can be summed up into:

0-5 minutes:
This is awesome. I actually hooked one
5-10:
This fish is huge, my bicep is starting to ache
10-20:
Whose idea was this anyway
20-30:
I am never doing this again
30-40:
No really, whose idea was this.
You land it:
Totally stoked and the pain goes away quickly.
20 minutes after you land it:
I want another

As to the fly the bait was small (probably young of the year herring) so alot of things would have worked I am guessing. Presentation and getting a good shot was the key. Very impressed with the 600sp hook. A 2/0 holding a 60-70 pound fish is awesome. We actually caught both of our fish on the same fly and the hook showed no sign of wear.

Again a big thanks to Sean and hopefully I will have a boat next year so I can spread the forum angling juju around like Sean has done for a lot of us.

-sean

P.S. Oh and you do not need to set the hook on tuna, they hook themselves. Don't even try it actually, trust me
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:59 AM
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INSANE!!! And to think I had to work Sunday and miss my spot on the deck

Oh well, I don't have the Sean Ransom biceps anyway (what a hilarious timeline!)


Guys -

Sean M. has been a perennial contributor to the forum and kindred spirit to the little brothers not to mention one who always steps up when needed.

Sean, sorry if this embarrases you but I am going to tell the guys that the reel was a VERY special gift from Patrice his lovely wife and although it can never be replaced, it can be substituted.

Please join me in donating a recovery fund for the gear he lost. I will start it by sending $25 to Patrice who having bought the first heirloom reel I am sure she knows how to get one engraved again.

I of all people believe that hope in tomorrow is more powerful than what is lost today.

Let's do this guys!
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:11 PM
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I left my danielsson 11/14 with Sean to help offset the fishing needs for a bigger reel for the rest of the season.

Getting him a new reel and/or rod is a great idea. With our connections doing both is well within reach.

While we could never duplicate the sentimental value of that reel I am all for helping with funding a new setup as Sean deserves it. Count me in. We should start a new thread...

-sean
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:25 PM
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awesome pics! I literally got a sick feeling reading about the Xi2.

Sean can you send me high rez on those photos for the slideshow?

Dkopij@gmail.com

Thanks
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:32 PM
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Guys,

I can not tell you how much I appreciate your sentiment here. The reel was a special gift from a very understanding and special woman. To say she is as much of a part as I am in all my give backs around here would be a gross understatement.

With that said, lets hold off on the fund. I really don't think it will be neccessary and at the end of the day I am sure I am not the first and won't be the last to lose something special in the pursuit of a passion. I have contacted Abel and they are going to get back to me with options and have been very understanding and helpful so far.

I should mention that Sean made that offer to loan out the reel before the trip even started so we all know he is a generous soul.

Thanks again,

Sean
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Hey Sean,
Nice to see you holding that fish! If ever a guy diserved it its you. Hope all is well and may your sea's always be flat and your rod alwys be bent.
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:22 PM
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Thanks Jerry. Good to hear from you. Hope you are still flining a fly every now and then.

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Old 07-02-2007, 03:41 PM
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I put up a post in the Propwash section with the full story on the rod. Boaters might want to take some time to read it if you use a fly line tamer.

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