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Old 06-28-2022, 05:47 AM   #1
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Bluefin from the inflatable Kaboat

Had tuna on my mind.
launched at 0630, made it past the fog bank around 8 and was able to see more than 100 yards. Lots of empty Pattie’s along the way, started seeing deep marks from tuna (150-200ft) and then finally foamers. Trolled lures through the foamers hoping for an easy hookup and they wouldn’t touch any of the newest, hottest lures or the old trusty ones.
Switched to irons, got cut off through my braid twice by the school. Got tired of re tying floro top shots on my jig stick so i Switched to my trollers, the Okuma SLX 20 with 65lb braid and 100lb mono wind on and tossed a salas 6x in chrome and got cut off, rigged my other rod which is its twin and came tight on a few fish then stuck one. The video tells the rest.

https://youtu.be/PdG362f8ztM
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Old 06-28-2022, 06:18 AM   #2
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Awesome!! Congratulations! Very inspirational! Liked and Subscribed! Now I would like to see someone do the same with a kayak. Let's go BWE.....
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Old 06-28-2022, 07:00 AM   #3
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Ridonculous! So sketchy watching the gaff moment. Was thinking “this is where it flips over.😂😂. You are gnarly dude…CONGRATS!!
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Old 06-28-2022, 07:14 AM   #4
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Awesome!! Congratulations! Very inspirational! Liked and Subscribed! Now I would like to see someone do the same with a kayak. Let's go BWE.....
Last October out of Dana Point (not me)


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Awesome!! Congratulations! Very inspirational! Liked and Subscribed! Now I would like to see someone do the same with a kayak. Let's go BWE.....
Thanks brother,

Yeah a tuna that size in a kayak would be a sleigh ride! Idk if I would last that long.
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Score! Great job, it's really funny to see the death spin on the way up with your inflatable spinning with it, hell that probably wears it down even more.
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Score! Great job, it's really funny to see the death spin on the way up with your inflatable spinning with it, hell that probably wears it down even more.
I was doing that the whole time lol. When it was out in front of me it just pulled me. Couldn’t take drag until it dove, so it was just the weight of the boat and I can push it around free swimming…. I’m sure on a regular boat this would have been 30-60 minute fight but I might as well have been putting 10lbs of drag on him for half of it.
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Old 06-28-2022, 10:24 AM   #9
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A real battle with losses on both sides (life vs equipment). Gaff with detachable hook - smart. Congratulations on the epic WIN ! 👑
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Inspirational! Very nice catches! Maybe this year a kayaker can take one of the larger units -- 100lb plus club! BWE can make a new category......

That one on the spinning reel must have been a ball buster! Two-speed reels are the ticket when it comes to reeling up a circling tuna. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-28-2022, 11:31 AM   #11
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Thanks brother,

Yeah a tuna that size in a kayak would be a sleigh ride! Idk if I would last that long.
Well earned Brother! I actually think it would have been an easier fight on a big kayak with a 2-speed reel. You would have had a lower center of gravity and would have been able to use the kayak's rail over resting the rod on your knee. That must have gotten tiring and looked uncomfortable.

It's good that the Kaboat has a big capacity. Had that been on a small kayak or Solo skiff, you might have had some weight issues.

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I was doing that the whole time lol. When it was out in front of me it just pulled me. Couldn’t take drag until it dove, so it was just the weight of the boat and I can push it around free swimming…. I’m sure on a regular boat this would have been 30-60 minute fight but I might as well have been putting 10lbs of drag on him for half of it.
That's when a sea anchor might help. Atleast when you finally got the tuna up, it was pretty dead so there was less concern with the gaff swinging towards the air pontoon.
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How many miles did you end up going round trip?
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Old 06-28-2022, 01:10 PM   #13
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That was awesome, lowprofile. Good thing you sped up the death spiral, otherwise the video would have been more than twice as long. Good patience, got a little worried on those first couple of missed gaff opportunities, that would always be my first worry with an inflatable. Still searching for one on my Solo Skiff. Tight Lines.
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That was awesome, lowprofile. Good thing you sped up the death spiral, otherwise the video would have been more than twice as long. Good patience, got a little worried on those first couple of missed gaff opportunities, that would always be my first worry with an inflatable. Still searching for one on my Solo Skiff. Tight Lines.
Yea I only cut out 90 mins of more spirals and yelling at the fish 😂

The gaff is fine, just keep the point up and don’t let it go under the boat.

I’m sure you’ll get one in the skiff! Just get out there early and go on the hunt!
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Thanks. Loaded going tomorrow.
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How many miles did you end up going round trip?
Around 75. I used 4.5 gallons of fuel.
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Around 75. I used 4.5 gallons of fuel.

Holy sheet, that was one hell of a day!
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Glad I served my 100lb braid with 75ft of 200lb monofilament, I was thinking of shorting it up but decided to leave it at 75ft
Glad you got one congratulations.
Thanks for sharing ��
I just redid mine with a little longer, it definitely helps near the boat and should help with getting cut off. Although I checked my rod I only got cut off once on and a good 80 yards is gone. I can tell because I marked the line on the water while trolling a bird and it was at the top of the spool.
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Holy sheet, that was one hell of a day!
At least 4 of it was the fish pulling me. Lol
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