I wanted to go fishing for tuna but I didn't have enough people to do a trip on my boat, Joey Tomato's. One of the neighboring boats at my dock at Clark's Landing was doing a Canyon run so I asked if I could go with him. The name of the boat is The Lucky Irishman and he holds a Captain license like me but doesn't fish that much and is not a seasoned pro, although loves to go fishing for Tuna. The owner and Captain is also a heart surgeon but don't let that fool you he is a hard core tuna fisherman and loves it.
We left at 9am and when we arrived we started trolling but just a couple of knock downs. At dark we drifted and started chunking and real soon we had a couple of 20 to 40Ib yellow fin. Then at 12:30 we thought the fish stopped biting, maybe we will rest up. No sooner then completing that sentence we got a slam on the chunk. Two and a half hours later with three of us taking turns on pulling it in we landed, as we weighed it later, a 270lb Big Eye.
Capt Jerry was driving the boat to make sure the fish was always in the clear not to get under the boat or get ripped off on the props. The three of us took turns trying to get the fish boarded. Wasn't easy but a great time! The Doc was yelling out, "don't let him get away!" This guy has fished for tuna a hand full of times and said every time he has gone out he always had a Big Eye on but has never gotten one on the boat. I hope I was a help and it took all of us to board it.
Now we're four men acting like 12 years old's with bragging rights the rest of our lives to show anyone that is interested the picture of the Giant Big Eye that we took two and a half hours to get on to the boat! By the way both rod and real was not Big Eye equipment. So we did good. Captain Joe Karcich, Joey Tomato's Fishing Charters
270lb Giant Big Eye Tuna
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