Fish Report for 7-19-2013

American Angler finds a Bluefin school & ends up putting 74 Bluefin on the deck

Bill Roecker

"A few days prior to this trip the weather report looked absolutely hideous," said the report from American Angler July 18. "Forecasted 20 to 25 knots of wind and a sensitive bluefin bite was not adding up to much fun. We were prepared to go the distance and go wherever we needed to catch some fish and the group cooperated by showing up for an early departure.
 Unfortunately after studying the weather forecasts we determined that not only would it be unfishable, it would realistically not be safe to go past 75 miles. Just when it looked dismal we got reports of some decent fishing on the local grounds. It just goes to show that you can't wait until they start biting you just need to go. We started drifting first thing in the morning and drifted all day. It was tough due to the choppy weather but hard work and perseverance paid off with a bluefin tuna bite. 
We ended the day with 74 bluefin many in the 30 to 65-pound class.

"There were some epic battles but with the correct gear and a little luck losses were kept to a minimum.
 Pictured is one of the reasons everyone's gear was in top notch working condition and that is Ken Corwin from Ken's Custom Reels and his son Dakota with one of several fish that Dakota caught today."