No YF Tuna, but a HUGE Consolation Prize

Its that time of the year again where Mr. and Mrs. Shoeless load the boat and head East to the Bahamas. Since we sold our Pursuit 2470 for a larger boat, we purchased a 2003 Hydrasports 2800 Vector WA.  I have been getting it rigged over the last year and learning the ins and outs of this wonderful boat.

 

Being this was the first time across the Gulf Stream, we opted to just go to West End and stretch her legs a bit.  The goal of this trip, and the goal for getting this boat, was to chase YF Tuna. 

 

We started out with some relaxing deep dropping and shallow reef fishing while we settled into the routine of camping out on the boat.  The first day of chasing tuna started out at 6:00 rigging baits and looking at the weather and conditions.  I wanted to fish off the corner, but decided to run to the canyons to avoid the storms. The new Garmin Radar operated perfectly and we had no issues marking birds 3-3.5 miles out.  Unfortunately, the first day resulted in no tuna and a lot of burned fuel.  Although, we did learn the routine of trolling for tuna and got into a rhythm.

 

Over the next day or so, we relaxed with more deep dropping and reef fishing and made plans to run for tuna one more time on this trip.  Same setup, wake up early, rig baits, turn on the radar and get to work. About mid morning, I’m working a pack of birds, watching my approach and turns on the birds, and the left long line goes off.  I look back and see a BILL FISH running with my bait in its mouth.  Sure enough, I’m tight, and he starts SCREAMING drag off. The wife and I clear lines, harness me up, and settle into an hour-long fight.  Lana ran the boat EXPERTLY, keeping me and the fish positioned where we needed to be.  All the fishing gods shined down on us and we landed this estimated 300 lb. Blue Marlin!!!! After a release and health fish running off in the distance, it was all I could do to stand up, high five the wife, and fall back on the bean bag.  What an AMAZING experience!!!  I couldn’t believe that my 80 lb leader held up to all that thrashing, I’m still blown away. 

 

We closed our trip with some shallow reef fishing and diving for conch one last day.  We found a sweet spot for the conch and got our limit in short order.  While Lana was diving, 2 Dolphin decided to come up and check her out.  Video of this is a little shaky, I forgot my GoPro pole adaptor, but I still got video of it.

 

This trip will go do as one for the memory books!!!!!


https://youtu.be/mR8pTZSN4TQ

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  • BullMarketBullMarket Posts: 183 Deckhand
    One of the best parts of fishing the deep water out there. Always a chance to get one! Awesome job and good to hear you had a great experience with your new boat. 
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  • AlwaysforwardAlwaysforward Posts: 1,512 Captain
    Great catching in the Bahamas Sean. Looks like you guys had a blast over there. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
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  • flrangerflranger Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    Hell yeah, great video
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,399 Captain
    Your videos are a joy to watch Sean. So professional looking. 
    Nice job getting that Marlin. I was lucky enough to see a couple of them caught last year in the Pacific. The mates there have a tool that houses a blade, they just swipe it on the leader and the fish is free.  Assuming you don't have an expensive skirt to retrieve.
    That is truly a catch of a lifetime!  Well done young man.

    BTW: Your wife did an outstanding job of maneuvering the boat. Kudos to her!
    (Nice catch on the DD queens, silks and triggerfish too) 

    Pura Vida!
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,093 Captain
    Great catching in the Bahamas Sean. Looks like you guys had a blast over there. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
    Thanks Jeff!!!!  Lana and I are really enjoying the new to us boat and stretching her legs. 
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  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,093 Captain
    Your videos are a joy to watch Sean. So professional looking. 
    Nice job getting that Marlin. I was lucky enough to see a couple of them caught last year in the Pacific. The mates there have a tool that houses a blade, they just swipe it on the leader and the fish is free.  Assuming you don't have an expensive skirt to retrieve.
    That is truly a catch of a lifetime!  Well done young man.

    BTW: Your wife did an outstanding job of maneuvering the boat. Kudos to her!
    (Nice catch on the DD queens, silks and triggerfish too) 
    Thank you Sir!!!!  I really enjoy putting the videos together.  Not only do I get to relive the moment, I get to share it with everyone.  

    I have seen those leader cutting tools, just didn’t think I would be needing one LOL. This monster hit a naked, chin weighted, select size ballyhoo, with a VMC Souther Tuna 9/0 hook.  I let him keep the hook :).:smile:

    Lana says thank you so much as well!!!  I was so proud of her keeping her cool with chang after change in direction and speed. 
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  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,094 AG
    NICE!

    Now, let's help you fill the freezer with some Muttons, Grouper and Yellowtails!
  • GarysmoGarysmo Posts: 356 Deckhand
    Great fish!!!!  congrats.   Thanks for posting the video
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,548 Captain
    Awesome report and great job on the Blue. That Tile looks like a BlacklineTile . You don't see them on this side that often.

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  • Reel MusselReel Mussel Posts: 237 Deckhand

    I hope we have half the trip you did, great fish...

    Greg,

    2017 Cape Horn 24OS


  • lunkermanlunkerman Posts: 146 Deckhand
    Nice trip brother! looks like a great time with the wife! nothing like a surprise blue!

    Capt. Joe Ferranti. Lunker-Man Fishing Adventures llc.
    18' Sailfish 188CC, Yamaha F115, Motorguide Xi5 w/pinpoint gps


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  • johnalkijohnalki Posts: 499 Deckhand
    Wow great job on the Big Blue Sean & Lana. Team work at its best
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,093 Captain
    johnalki said:
    Wow great job on the Big Blue Sean & Lana. Team work at its best
    Thanks John!!!  I was having flashbacks to the White Marlin we landed years ago.  
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  • Tangled-N-BlueTangled-N-Blue Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Shoeless,
     We have always finished out of Jax, Fl and north.

    We are starting to fish out of the Ft Pierce inlet.

    What would be the approximate distance from port to the east side of the Stream?

    Thanks!
  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,093 Captain
    Shoeless,
     We have always finished out of Jax, Fl and north.

    We are starting to fish out of the Ft Pierce inlet.

    What would be the approximate distance from port to the east side of the Stream?

    Thanks!
    If you are going from Ft. Pierce to the E side on the stream, likely up in the corner area 60-70 miles.
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  • Tangled-N-BlueTangled-N-Blue Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Thanks!
  • oldtimeroldtimer Posts: 491 Deckhand
    Great video, write up as usual.

    Pleasure to see you " catching"....  Kudos to Captain Svet Lana.   Not an easy task to maneuver when you have a big one on, and the fear of losing it to slack line, tangle in the engines looms....

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