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cbiegel
10-15-2009, 02:07 PM
Iíll be putting up a trip report with pictures soon but I thought you guys might be interested to see some of the equipment we used to land another 150 lb bluefin this year.

This is a new custom reel from Japan made by Ken Matsuura. He sent it to Gary, the Capt. of the Tunahunter for testing. Apparently it costs $5,000 with another $1,500 (at least) for the rod. Unfortunately we didnít hook up with any fish on it on our trip but Gary assured us it was the smoothest reel heís used and heís used a lot!

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Here is all the gear we used. We generally had 2-3 live mackerel off the back (two under balloon floats and one on the kite) and were jigging with two more under the boatÖbut more on that in the report.

Mostly Penn Internationals four 50ís and one 80. The Matsuura is also an 80.

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The beer is just to show the scale of the big Penn 80. Look at those clamps!!!

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jwm
10-15-2009, 11:31 PM
Beautiful. I'd love to hear it scream as the blue fin runs!

Woody
10-16-2009, 03:17 AM
Noises you can only dream of!