alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Mid-week Birthday Bite
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Tightlines666
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« on: May 17, 2018, 02:24:15 AM »

I took the day off work to celebrate my birthday chasing Ahi.

Temp, moon, currents, weather looked great.  Me and my friend Jeremy left the dock at 0330hrs, and ran to Waenae pinnacle.  We found some Skipjack there around sunrise, but left them to run SouthWest to the numbers on the corner of the temp break.  

Got there at 0800hrs, and like clockwork the long corner took off.  13 minutes later, had a nice 120lb class Ahi in the box.  While pulling the lines, noticed the short corner had lost its hooks due to a crimp failure (my first ever).

Worked SouthWest to the 3000fa line and the same bait took off at 1000hrs.  Tough fight, and we landed another 100lb class Ahi 35minutes later.  The fish had been foul hooked in its side, and the leader had been cut deeply by one 9f type random hooks during the battle.  Lucky to stick him.

Ran in towards the HH, and around 1200hrs the same bait took off.  A small ~150 Blue Marlin put on a show while running 400yds of line off at 42lbs.  6 minutes in he threw the hook while displaying some acrobatics.

Worked the 1500fa back towards BO, worked several bird piles, then headed up towards Nanakule canyon.  At around 1400hrs took a knockdown on the exact same bait in the long corner.  Before slowing the boat the long rigger went off.  We worked both rods in within 100yds, when we noticed we were fighting the same fish, that had made a mess of the gear.  We cut out the jig, and handlines the fish in through the tangle.  A third 100lb class Ahi on ice.  

Rerigged, continued to work the area, and spotted Ahi jumping.  While working a small group of birds off the main pile, we took another knockdown on the exact same bait.  Fish stayed high, and we the 4th 100lber landed in 15minutes.  We worked back out to the BO, then headed for the gate.  Back at the dock at 2030hrs.  Dropped all 4 (375lbs Gilled&Gutted) on the block at 10pm.  

Beautiful weather, good fishing, great way to spend my birthday.

John


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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 02:26:42 AM »

A few more pics..


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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 03:43:31 AM »

LOooong day but great work!!!! Did you build those short three-roller guide tips specifically to work with your high  right-riggers or is that typical in your fishery? Love the set-ups.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 03:45:32 AM »

Great day of fishing. Happy birthday!
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 04:36:43 AM »

Happy birthday! great way to spend it too. Thanks for the report.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 05:32:08 AM »

 Smiley     Looks like you got a good work out  on your birthday , and a beautiful day to boot.   
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 10:23:23 AM »

Yaaaaah buddy. Looks like you'll eat tonight. Have a good birthday.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 11:40:01 AM »

wow, great fishing and happy birthday amigo.
that fish is still on my bucketlist, there are still plenty still unscratched  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 03:04:37 PM »

Your birthday was a big day,,,big catch,,,great job man Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 03:45:14 PM »

Nice fishing John...Happy Birthday!

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2018, 05:58:42 PM »

Happy Birthday John.
Great way to spend it too.
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2018, 06:52:38 PM »

Thanks for all the birthday fishes!


This was my best day of fishing so far.  

Prices were down at the auction, got $2.90,$2.60,&$2.50/lb for first 3 fish.  I cut up the fourth, sold 1/3 of the chunks for a Samoan funeral party to feed 800 people for $10/lb, and gave the rest away to 25 friends and coworkers.  I had 375 total pounds of Gilled & gutted weight.  The one fish I cleaned was 87lbs GG, and it yielded 63lbs of chunk.  Total income off of all 4 fish was $1100-$300 trip costs, 5% ge tax, $300 fixed ownership costs ect... still came out ahead on the day.  

I forgot how much work tuna can be..lol

Randy,

BTW, I caught all of these fish on the reel I bought from you, and it performed wonderfully.  Drag was smooth throughout all fights with 42lbs of pressure, low gear worked wonders on the fish when they were straight down 600 feet.  Much better suited for these fish then the hot-rodded Senators.. IMHO.

John

The Marlin Magic - Baby Blue 4 hole bulleted jet, w/(Ice Ble Flec) G19 Outter, P-1 (Pearl-White) Inner skirts  got 5 of 6 bites on the day.  I do have high Hope's for the Tanigawa Cracked Baby Blue Glass twin jetted heavy bullet though.


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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2018, 07:04:08 PM »

Nothing like low gear for tuna when there up and down. Looking forward to your next report John,hope you keep getting em.
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2018, 01:42:14 AM »

Happy birthday! What an awesome way to make it special. It sounds like you’ve got everything pretty well dialed in
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2018, 03:16:02 AM »

Nice work!
If you keep that up, you will need a bigger fish box.
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