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Old 02-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #11
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And let's not forget the 1,152lb BF weighed at Port Eades about 9-10 yrs ago; the largest sport fish ever landed in the GOM.
Barry Carr's Blue Marlin was the same weight. That fish was a pain to unload....
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Barry's fish was 1054. My mistake
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #13
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For what that fish would sell for in Tokyo, you could probably charter a private jet to fly it there and still make some serious money.
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Saw a guy in HH destin, with a laundry basket full of empty 80's. girl asked how many he had...we just filled 8 for you. He said...same ones. They dragged lures through a School of bft and every rod got dumped in seconds. Turned around and headed home due to not having anything to fish with...this was several years ago. Tough fish to land in the depths of the GOM.
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Pretty cool. My dad worked on a Japanese long liner as an observer for years back in the 70's in the GOM. He said he saw a lot of fish well over 1000 lbs. He's got a ton of slides that I want to get converted to digital so I can share.
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Saw a guy in HH destin, with a laundry basket full of empty 80's. girl asked how many he had...we just filled 8 for you. He said...same ones. They dragged lures through a School of bft and every rod got dumped in seconds. Turned around and headed home due to not having anything to fish with...this was several years ago. Tough fish to land in the depths of the GOM.
What an epic mess haha. The sound of those drags screaming all at once probably will never be forgotten.

How do they land them up North like the guys on Wicked Tuna? Is it just because it is shallower and they just follow the fish around?
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They are rigged right up there in the NE for giant Bluefin. We generally pull much lighter gear and with lighter drag settings. These Bluefin in the gulf can be caught in efficient times if 1) we fished 130 class gear like they do up north 2) we had a more reliable season for them to justify such tackle
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What an epic mess haha. The sound of those drags screaming all at once probably will never be forgotten.

How do they land them up North like the guys on Wicked Tuna? Is it just because it is shallower and they just follow the fish around?
From what I've seen from the show, they fish 130 class reels, with braid and big mono... plus the fact that they're fishing in water from 50-200' deep helps. The fish can't swim down, so it has to swim out. Thus they can use the boat to get on top of the fish, resulting in catch times in under an hour.

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I've hooked many that size ... every fish that ever broke my line before I could get them up was at least that big I know.





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I've hooked many that size ... every fish that ever broke my line before I could get them up was at least that big I know.





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