View Full Version : BFT- Report

07-18-2004, 07:57 AM
A great day on the water. Left the dock at around 4:30 am for the second BFT troll of the year. Steamed out about 25 miles past Stellwagon and begun the troll at about 6:30. Five rod set with two squid bars, squid chain, birds with natural ceder plug and bird with green machine. Conditions were very calm with light seas. Right rigger popped (30 W) at 10:30 on the green machine. Very nice fish. Fought the fish for about 30 minutes to the boat and pulled the hook at boat. Probably a 60"-65", 175#-200# BFT. Upset crew. Layed the spread back out and begun again. Shotgun rod hit at about 12:30 on the ceder plug setup. Cleared the rods and fought the fish to the gaff. A bit smaller but got him on the gaff. Measured at 57" (tip to tip) 52" to the fork. Estimate weight of 125#-135#. Belly full (and I mean full) of squid and herring. This was one gourged TUNA. Called it a day and made the run back inshore. Ate alot of SUSHI and drank alot of beer on the way in. Was met at the dock by a BFT researcher from NMFS. Answered a bunch of research questions and gave her a few steaks. GREAT day on the water. Should not be long before these fish move inshore.

Flying Scotsman
07-18-2004, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the great report!

07-18-2004, 07:38 PM
I saw a BIG 500+ sunfish only 2 miles off PI this am, which is almost like a tuna right? --125-3 --125-3

07-18-2004, 08:07 PM
Pack it on ice and ship it to Japan!

Round Tuna, or Sunshimi, brings a pretty low premium, but at 500lbs she's gotta be worth the effort!

07-18-2004, 08:20 PM
Any surface activity at all ? I am fishing south right now and we are seeing mostly small fish. I would make the run up north if these fish were feeding on top and we could target them with the fly rods.


07-19-2004, 06:10 AM
I haven't seen much surface activity at all Joe, but then again the past few days I haven't had a chance to put the gaff down or have the chance to look around! --127-3-


07-19-2004, 07:52 AM
I have not seen any surface activity at all yet. Marked a ton of fish on the finder but they were staying deep. We have seen a few random jumpers/splashers but not close to consistent and nothing worth targeting with spinning/ fly (bigger fish).

07-19-2004, 09:15 AM
I am all the way out here in Colorado but my father was in the bay and he came across a pod of giants and they were tailing in the glass-like conditions!!
I don't know about a flyrod but a 130W witha live blue might do it!!

07-19-2004, 12:11 PM
hope the schoolie bfts show up soon for us light tackle nuts!! :eek:

07-20-2004, 08:46 PM
One or two splashes here or there is about all I think you can ask for with the larger fish. I have the bug to go for larger fish with the fly rod and may give it a try soon. Today we had a couple larger fish spraying bait but they are hard to hook into when there is 20-80 lb. fish around. I have also chased the larger fish with the fly rod off of Chatham from time to time. It is great when you are throwing a fly rod at fish over 100 lbs. and the guys on the stick boats are all talking to each other on the radio about some nut, "who thinks he is fishing for Bluefish". 35 miles out a sea seems like a long way to go for Buefish to me... but I guess these guys see it all out there.

07-20-2004, 09:47 PM
‘It is great when you are throwing a fly rod at fish over 100 lbs. and the guys on the stick boats are all talking to each other on the radio about some nut, "who thinks he is fishing for Bluefish".’


I can see it now, Capt. Joe's Cat cruising into shore with a 300#er hanging off the back… By the way, what’s the current fly rod BFT record? Joe needs something to shoot for!

If anyone can do it, Capt. Joe's the man (#$120)

peter mac
07-20-2004, 10:40 PM
20 lb. tippet BFT record is currently 196lbs.

07-21-2004, 10:35 AM
I could not imagine a 200# BFT on fly. I imagine it takes alot of chasing to land one of that size..Hearing reports of school BFT on surface in/and around B Bouy ? Any confirmations ?

07-22-2004, 01:33 PM
It's good to hear about some good sized fish being caught. Thanks for the report.