Three day trip fishing from my brother's boat in cape cod bay and beyond. Myself, my brother Steve, and two buddies - Ryan and Jake on board. All accomplished anglers - Awesome team to fish with. Love those tuna when they're on ballyhoo. when they're feeding agressively on fast moving bait, just get it in front of them and they'll eat it.
Day one (I had to work, so it was a team of three). Four hits, one fish on board. all in the 40 to 45 lb class. L-Jacks and Hydro poppers were the flavor of the day. Two fish pulled out, and one was lost to tangled power pro. Last day of the reduced size limit, so one fish was kept. Cooked and eaten that night. Those of you who know... nothing like fresh tuna. Try this recipe. It's my favorite.
Day two: 7 hits, 5 fish over the gunnel. all released. same size 40 to 45 lb fish. One fish on a popper. Three on L-Jacks. One on the fly! Jake made the shot with the 14 wt - grey/white first light rabbit strip tuna pattern. In Jake's words "the fish turned on a dime to inhale it". The fight was on. Jake worked the fish quickly. 5 minutes into the up and down segment of the fight, things got interesting. I was on the bow trying for a double when I heard POW. I looked back to see Jake now fighting with 1/2 of a 14 wt. The other half was on it's way down the 600 grain line to join the fish. Who needs all 8' 6" anyway? Jake works the fish up with what he's got left. Lip gaff, photo, fish is released. Blown up rod is going back for some therapy.
Day three: Some good shots in the morning. One fish in the boat on an L-Jack. (Have I mentioned that this hard-to-get jig PRODUCES?). The fleet shows up and procedes to troll through pod after pod until the tuna decided they've had enough. No more shots after about 8 am. Long day after that with incredible wild life shows (whales, sunfish, porpoises). Here's a link to a cool video from that day (there's some profanity - 4 guys on a tuna trip - no surprise there, so watch the volume or view when it's appropriate)
see photos for fish etc. great trip. hoping for a repeat this coming weekend.