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Unbelieveable, BUT BELIEVE IT (7/17-18)

We had Todd’s group that fished with us on Boss Lady quite often to change his trip date to an overnighter last night, and WOW, did it pay off.  The fishing was nothing short of EPIC! We left Avalon around noon and made our way to the NE Corner of the Washington Canyon where the tuna fishing has been hot for yellowfin tuna and BigEyes for well over a week.  The weather could not have been more perfect and the 100 mile ride was flat as could be.  We made it to our destination and got on the troll around 4:30.  Bill was marking tunas under the pilot whales thick, but we could not get a bite on the troll at all, and it was getting frustrating.  I dropped down a planer but that was unsuccessful as well.

30 minutes before dark we decided to stop and drop down some jigs on the tunas heads.  BAM!  Game on.  We were hooked into a BigEye which Ben fought for an hour and 20 minutes while the rest of the guys were bailing yellowfin tuna on jigs. Ben beat the fish and it came up for an easy gaff shot.  In the boat came the monster 200# BigEye which is Ben’s first tuna ever!  The action was nonstop all night on jigs and freefloating chunks.  Bob, Todd, Andy, Bill, and Ben jigged away all night whacking one yellowfin tuna after another.  All of the yellowfin ranged from 15-40 lbs.

After catching over 50 tuna, and obviously we had a limit of fish in the box, everyone started to wind down.  Andy was still jigging so I wanted to join into the fun and went to the rail with my favorite spinning outfit for jigging.  After 10 minutes of jigging, and watching Andy catch and release 3 yellowfin, I finally got my bite, BIGEYE on.  The reel screamed off line!  We woke up Bill May since we knew we were gonna have to chase this one.  After an amazing team effort, and 1 hour and 45 minutes of pulling on this tuna, we landed another BigEye on a jig.  Absolutely INCREDIBLE.  Nonstop action all night with an awesome group of guys and flat calm seas.  It doesn’t get any better.

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