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Old 07-28-2011, 11:37 AM
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Was that a tippet class record? I would think larger ones have been landed on fly rods with bigger line. The all tackle WR was taken last year(?) on the Pacific coast of Mexico, a little over 400 lbs. if memory serves. milt.
I am not yet 100% senile. http://www.igfa.org/records/Fish-Rec...Tuna,yellowfin milt.

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The biggest fly rod record prior to the 128;


Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)



48.6 kg (107 lb 2 oz)

Cape Town , Africa

2/26/2006

Trevor M. Hansen

Copied and pasted from the link you provided. As I said, 21 pounds bigger than any record to date with a fly rod. The All Takle must have been busted since my last book but that was with 130 lb. line on conventional tackle. Like I used to use fishing for them. The new All Tackle;
183.7 kg (405 lb 0 oz)

Magdalena Bay, Baja Sur, , Mexico

11/30/2010

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Not a fish you ever going to whip with a fly rod unless you have the best Captain on the planet with a very fast and manuverable boat and Mixed Gas Scuba Gear just in case. Not sure they wouldn't disqualify you for going in after it.
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Yeah, the guys that get 'em on fly down there say that even a 60 pounder is more like work than fun. milt.
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Hi, does anybody have any updates on the world record tuna?
I'm sure John West would love to speak to this Chris!
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Default Re: New world record 128lb Yellowfin on fly

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The all tackle Yellow Fin Tuna is a 388 pound fish. I promise you there is no way you are getting a fish like that on a fly rod. I fished for these fish quite a bit in my younger years. I have seen fish half that big peel 130lb line off a rod like it was hooked on a Russian Sub. That's the biggest one ( the 128 ) ever caught on a fly rod by 21 pounds. Truthfully I find it amazing he did it. All I can say is he had a good captain and a fast boat, plus the right stupid Tuna that decided not to head to the bottom and spool him going straight down. I was in a boat once with two other guys. One was driving the boat, the other was puking his heels up over the side. We had a double of 130 and 160. I fought the closest fish first, which was believe it or not was the 160. The 130 put up a much better fight. I was sore for days and got the worst black eye you have ever seen when the 160 did a tail walk when the guy driving the boat gaffed it, handed the gaff to and hit myself in the eye with the end of the handle. I think some of you are drastically underestimating the power of these fish. On a side note I have never seen one over about 250 and that was a rare fish. My biggest was a 190. It sure wasn't on a fly rod either.
I have been fishing these giant tuna for decades and have landed more than my fair share but not on a fly rod. I am intending to remedy that next year however the new world record Yellowfin is now over 400 pounds landed on a West Coast long range boat this last season. The old record of 388 lasted for around 40 years but with our Yellowfin getting bigger every year it was just a matter of time. As a note that 388 was a 5 minute fish who did not know it was hooked until a gaff was sank into it. Of course both records were done using a conventional reel. I have caught both East Coast Blue Fin and West Coast Yellowfin and there is no comparison. Every easterner who comes out agrees west coast Yellowfin fight much, much harder than the Bluefin on the East coast.

I can applaud the gentleman who landed the noted fish and hope to be as lucky but I probably will not be using a IGFA approved tippet size until I get more comfortable with this Bluewater flyfishing business. Besides, I will be on a non moveable platform in the way of a 100 ton long range boat not able to chase or back down. More likely the crew will be laughing their butts off as I get worked but maybe I will get lucky. Hey, I have have never been accused of being too bright.

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