The Yellowfins from HELL!

Hello Lee Palm / Crimson Rooster crew (San Diego – California) .. Preserve me cool for me – proper?

Fishing report from Nassau Bahamas (8-10-2000) (Thursday) (Air temperature 92 levels. Water temperature – Between 80 ° C). Clear sky, no wind and burning sizzling solar. Captured two Yellowfins within the 60-pound sequence that just about despatched me to the hospital.

Captured 2 YFY on Thursday – fishing "solo" aboard my WellCraft Scarab that had simply been repowered with two 225 Evinrude fichts (price was $ 28,00zero together with set up).

Each YFTs went about 70 # s every (83 kilos filet). Operation is fished with contemporary / frozen octopus to start out. Began fishing at 9:30 and end at 2:00.

After I arrived on the US Navy's AUTEC bend 10 miles offshore (a coaching space for the US Navy's nuclear subs – which pops up on the floor now and again) (the AUTEC bend is in 6,00zero ft of water) Capt. . Robbie New (from Trinidad) of "Little Trick" simply began fishing.

For the primary hour every thing I managed was a 2 pound jack – which I later used for bait.

Robbie had no luck both, however we noticed some 50 # YFTs popping out of the water a number of instances, so it saved us going.

At round 11:00 am, my bow bar with 80 pound take a look at line and 80 # inexperienced Berkley wheeled chief, with a small mustard circle hook on the finish (with a 100's of Sampo swing in between) off.

I had simply seen a giant YFT fly via the realm minutes earlier than, and I believed I had him or his cousin – absolutely. The road screamed out and the fish ran deep. Every little thing pointed to a YFT, however after about 10 minutes I noticed a 25 pound footstool on my line, mounted within the mouth with the round hook.

After leaving the shark on the road within the bar holder, I sat down for a drink of water – from a gallon scanner in my cooler.

Reduce him free, I considered myself. However then I remembered what number of YFT I used to make use of shark as bait and went to try him. He was an excellent Four meters lengthy. Usually too huge to care about, however fishing was gradual, and I made a decision to take him.

Though I knew he was going to shatter the loopy as I gaffed him, I made a decision to go for it, however I missed my 5-foot fishing field and noticed him go bonkers on my deck, which I hustled to shoot him into Scarab's 2-1 / 2 foot deep fishing field.

At 12 midday, I switched from "octopus" to the contemporary jacket for bait on all three poles. Now the shark was useless, so I beat him to the strict and started to fill him – throwing bits and items of shark meat overboard – with a variety of blood rinsed overboard with my salt water through-washed washing pump.

I filleted one facet of the shark, took the pores and skin and minimize it into 5 items and thru it over the facet. On a regular basis – wash the blood and intestine overboard. I minimize the large pups of the shark into small items and noticed them float on the floor – after I slowly drifted in the direction of AUTEC Buoy.

Inside 5 minutes of slicing into this shark, the arc line went off – "screaming". This time, I knew it was in all probability a YFT. The fish had hit the 80's twist line on a 5-1 / 2-foot Palm Seashore tuna bar, held in a Perko facet help bracket.

I crawled instantly for my harness and playmate belt. A number of instances the YFT would cease its driving deep and I rolled the road rapidly to verify there was no slack within the line and smiled as I acknowledged its weight on my submit.

But it surely was 95 levels within the solar, and I used to be about to expedience one thing for Eight years of YFT fishing (and over 350 captured and landed), which might make this no strange day on the water.

After selecting up the rod and snapping into the seals, I began the gradual strategy of getting him dyed. I used to be grateful that he had chosen the bar with the 80-test line, as a result of the opposite two reels (Shimano graphite a Penn 30W) had the 50-test Trillene (Massive Sport) line and fought with a YFT of 50 # take a look at line are utterly totally different ball video games .

Fifteen minutes within the struggle, my thumb (on the reel) obtained a horrible hug and was really caught in my palm. I couldn't perceive why this occurred, however continued – tried to shake off the cramp.

A couple of minutes later, the cramps unfold to my forearm – as much as my biceps. I’m 220 kilos, a former HS All American swimmer and 4-time NY State Gold Medalist, so I've been via robust coaching periods, but it surely was one thing I by no means take care of.

Even my legs had been hugging. There was no wind, no cowl from my bimini prime, and it was 95 levels within the shade. Every little thing added as much as one factor – "warmth exhaustion".

To chill down I attempted to enter a 5-gallon bucket of salt water, but it surely didn't assist an iota. My ft had been too huge for the bucket.

As well as, I turned unusually drained – FAST. Warmth emissions had set in and challenged me as "The Outdated Man and the Sea".

It took me 55 minutes to land this 70-pound YFT, however I lastly obtained him within the boat. Boy, was I relieved.

Normally I wash all blood from my boat instantly upon touchdown a fish, however this time I went to the star, hit the saltwater pump, sat on my cooler and let the salt water run over my head for five minutes. I additionally completed about 3/Four of that gallon channel with water.

After I slowly went again within the route of Capt. Robbies "Little Trick" obtained the cool air that beat my Toronto Raptor NBA Jersey (# 14 worn by Vince Carter) to make me really feel a lot better, however I used to be nonetheless not 100%.

By the best way, you could need to purchase considered one of these NBA Jersey's and as soon as. You understand why the NBA is utilizing them. They’re 1000 instances cooler than any cotton or different materials.

I waved to Capt. Robbie, as I walked slowly off his Stern, and he shouted – "I believed you had been combating 2 YFT, you had been gone so lengthy."

Somebody, I arrange once more to strive for one more (YFT).

Now I exploit white shark items on all my hooks and chunks with the great shark – because the strains are launched.

About 45 minutes later, the string line goes off – screaming. That is my Penn 30 Worldwide with no chief and 50 # thrill line – no swing. Christ, I advised myself, why did this fish make me?

The hook on this line was only a # Four Mostard reside bait hook – that you could purchase 50 for a package deal for below $ 10 at Wal-Mart or Okay-Mart.

This could be a model new "ballgame". I’ll have to be "light" on the swimsuit – or he’ll chunk via the trill or pull the hook.

Because it turned out, I ever obtained this YFT to paint after over an hour. I skilled the identical cramp as earlier than and at one level – on this fish – I used to be pondering of "giving up".

It was not the truth that I get $ 6 per kilo for the fillet (from my restaurant pals) who saved me on the rail, however the thought of ​​slicing a YFT off was regardless of the challenge.

After gaffing this 70 # YFT and dragging him over gunwale, I trolled by Robbie (who stayed till 7 PM and never caught one) and waved – saying I’m going dwelling.

True story.


Capt. Solo – aka Tom Azzara
Boat – "Taxman"
Nassau, Bahamas
British Commonwealth Territory
(not a part of the "East Coast")

Tom's Fishing Gallery.

Take a break and take a look at these footage from the sixth annual Billabong fishing match in Nassau, within the sunny, tax-free Bahamas.

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From: Lee Palm Lengthy Vary Sportfishers

TRIP # 14; August 6 to August 11 5-day journey:

The second of the three back-to-back 5 days of the Crimson Rooster III summer time schedule as soon as once more supplied excellent fishing for his or her passengers. Chuck Melber of Agoura CA led the best way with an 84.1 lb bluefin tuna to take the jackpot, adopted by a 79.Eight lb bigeye for Justin Christensen of Newbury Park CA and a 73 lb. blue stick for Joe Stickles of Orange CA. "It was good constant motion all through the journey," famous Captain Andy Cates. "Some days appeared wiser than others clearly, however trying again on the journey I say there was good constant fishing all the best way."

The journey fished as far down as Guadalupe Island for some wonderful qualities of yellow, however the albacore fundamentals nearer to dwelling restricted the boundaries of longfins and an excellent tackle the larger bluff as effectively. "We had some actually wonderful moments," famous co-captain Jeff DeBuys, "however none
fairly as shocking as the opposite website's jackpot beige landed by Justin. Once we obtained that pet to paint we knew we had discovered some high quality fishing for our guys. It was undoubtedly a exceptional fish, and in the long run it was tremendous with our blue determine quantity. "This, together with the standard huge albacore all had, made Rooster one other one in its lengthy string of remarkable lengthy adventures.