This week sees Matt targeting a couple of NZ’s most underutilized fish species; the skipjack and albacore tuna. Whilst attempting to demonstrate the versatility of these under-appreciated fish, the team are pestered by packs of pesky marlin, and come across some gigantic schools of balling baitfish which have to be seen to be believed.
In March of 2013, Sami fished for bluefin tuna in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For this trip, Igor, Dima, Oleg & Dima joined Sami to fish on the Tuna Duck, captained by Dan Rooks.
In this video Sami lands a 69 inch bluefin tuna using Saltywater Tackle Race Point 300 and the brand new 2013 Shimano Stella 18000SWBHG. The fight time was about 20 minutes. The fish took a Moutoukenmaru lure.
Throw the outriggers on the boat and head out wide. Look for the warmer water, keep an eye out for the birds. Make a “b” line towards any floating objects and whammo, hookup, chickens of the sea, the Albacore Tuna.
.Clash of the Titans; 130lb standup tackle, 70lbs drag, 1000lb bluefin, there can only be one winner. Filmed Prince Edward Island, Canada August 2013. Incredible sound and vision experience. Full fight.
After flying to Noumea in New Caledonia, Matt and the team board the sport fishing ‘dream-boat’ the Ultimate Lady and travel 480 nautical miles to visit an uninhabited group of atolls and reefs that are loaded with fish. The fishing in this episode is phenomenal – even the experienced team on the Ultimate Lady were left in awe of the incredible dogtooth tuna. The underwater footage captured is equally as impressive as the huge fish.
For the past 3 years we’ve been trying to put a trip together to target Big eye tuna but with the lack of anglers & consistency it was hard to pull the trigger, Oregon Inlet yellow fin tuna bites was red hot this year with some mixed in Big Eye Tuna in between.
We checked the weather on Tuesday and made a phone call to set up the trip for Sunday, the excitement was on everybody’s faces, the groups consist of Evan, Raymond, Paul, Heng, Fei and I.
We drove the night and was greeted by first mate George followed by Captain Ned at 4:15 AM
The Ocean was full of life, bait was all over the place and the presence of pilot whales can be seen everywhere, we started blind casting close to the whales and sure enough our lures got hammered by yellow fin tuna, our mission was to put a bend on the El Maestro with a descent size yellow fin tuna but all we got were the smaller fish, it seems like the big body of fish moved, the action start fading away, later in the morning Captain Ned marked a good concentration of fish on his fish finder, and they didn’t seem like small fishes, Evan and I were next to each other jigging and the sound of the fish finder was going off like a disco party, I said to Evan it is going to happen and I shouted eat my jig, within a second Evan get slammed on the jig, Game on.
The first run was amazing and steady and all of a sudden it became very moderate giving you the feeling of a small fish, for a moment everybody though it is a small fish but seeing that initial run first I was sure it is a Big Eye and I told Evan right away it is a Big Eye, Evan gave his all with his new Saltywater Tackle OBX 400 that he just picked up before the trip, what a day to break in your new rod!
After 15 minutes battling Evan had to ask for help and I did not hesitate for a second, after another 5 minutes we saw the fish and I knew exactly what was going to happen, another run for deeper water, 10 minutes and the fish was at the boat side with the gaff stuck on its face, celebration beyond expectation, cheers and jubilation Woo Hoo, a fat 76 inch long with a 52 inch girth hit the deck, 256LB!!