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Date posted September 6, 2010 5:50 PM
Posted by surfeditor
Report location New York > North Fork > 20-Pound Kayak Bluefish!!
Fishing method Boat
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I wanted to stay close to home today, so I figured I'd do a little Tube and Worm trolling with the kayak. That went pretty well, a 39-inch bass and a couple big blues landed, but I lost two nice bass in the rocks. Out of tubes, I figured I'd do some bucktail casting. I had a 6-foot spinner with 15# braid all set with a bucktail, so I used that. After about 5 minutes, I'm in, and me and the fish are cruising to Connecticut at 3.2 mph according to my GPS. A couple of minutes in, it launches out of the water like it's a small tarpon. On the second jump, still far from the boat, it looks so big that I find it hard to believe it's a blue, but what else could it be? Eventually I pull the kayak within 30-feet of it, and when I see it under the water, I get totally confused because it's too long to be a blue. Then it launches out of the water and falls toward the yak. Anyone who's caught high-jumping fish while sitting in a yak knows that perspective of looking up at the fish. The head is immense. It's a once in a lifetime quality blue and I'm thinking I'd trade a 40-pound surf bass to get this thing in. I eased up a bit on the drag. He pulled me far enough north that I was out of the structure, but the subsequent deep dives still made me nervous. The jumps were the types that usually indicate a swallowed jig, so I thought about that too. This was a casual trip - no boga or gaff or even a rope to tie the fish with if I could land it. I take my time and tire it out. About 15 minutes in, I slide the head out from under the kayak, and the bucktail is nowhere in sight - just the frayed 50-pound fluoro coming out of his mouth. As the head slides out, I hear the tail slap on the other side of the kayak. I keep pulling but the head angles for the bottom again. Realizing that the line is frayed, I know if I can touch the fish, I'd have to try to grab it. At an awkward angle I plunged my right hand down and managed to grab its tail while it made a tired attempt to dive. I squeezed as hard as I could and pulled it up the side of the kayak with the fish upright. This allowed me to get my other hand underneath its gills, and into the yak it came. It's tail was in my lap and its head near the fishfinder, but that was better than the other way around. I pinned its head down with my right hand, and undid my rod pod strap with my left. I quickly loosened the strap, draped one end over each side of the fish, then quickly snapped it back together and pushed the big head further so that the strap locked behind the gills. Then I hurried and strapped the tail down. Fish secure!

I didn't have a camera, but someone on the beach snapped a picture for me. It went 40 inches, just an ounce or two over 20 pounds on my digital and boga at home. My neighbors are grilling it as I'm typing.






20-pound bluefish strapped to the kayak.


20-pound blue, big head


20-pound blue

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mojoe


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 09/06/2010 06:05 PM  

surprise,, THATS A MONSTER BLUE Shadesup,, ><Wink))):> ~~~~ ><Wink))):>


EAT FISH AND LIVE LONGER!!!
 
sagflycatcher


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Location: Sag Harbor
 09/06/2010 06:10 PM  

Great report. Amazed you still have your fingers!
 
fishkidsb


Joined: 07/01/2008
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Location: Town
 09/06/2010 06:14 PM  

Wowww That may be the biggest Blue

Biggest bluefish caught on long island.


 
FishScale


Joined: 12/10/2009
Posts: 5193
Location: A-team
 09/06/2010 06:22 PM  

No question that fish would have netted you 25k in the blue fish tourney

Now where were you a week ago... lol


 
rpsurf5


Joined: 07/12/2001
Posts: 2369
Location: Port Washington
 09/06/2010 06:32 PM  

Wow John, every day is a new adventure with you, AWESOME!!!


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B.Attitude
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 09/06/2010 06:58 PM  

John,
your starting to look like "Hooper" from Jaws!Wink


9/11



Nothing left to do but Smile,Smile,Smile...
 
SunkinFish


Joined: 06/28/2010
Posts: 31
 09/06/2010 07:06 PM  

WOW

Wow, that must of taken you for a ride.
 
DarkSkies

Joined: 03/29/2009
Posts: 1213
 09/06/2010 07:19 PM  

"Anyone who's caught high-jumping fish while sitting in a yak knows that perspective of looking up at the fish. The head is immense. It's a once in a lifetime quality blue and I'm thinking I'd trade a 40-pound surf bass to get this thing in. I eased up a bit on the drag. He pulled me far enough north that I was out of the structure, but the subsequent deep dives still made me nervous. The jumps were the types that usually indicate a swallowed jig, so I thought about that too. This was a casual trip - no boga or gaff or even a rope to tie the fish with if I could land it. I take my time and tire it out.

About 15 minutes in, I slide the head out from under the kayak, and the bucktail is nowhere in sight - just the frayed 50-pound fluoro coming out of his mouth. As the head slides out, I hear the tail slap on the other side of the kayak. I keep pulling but the head angles for the bottom again. Realizing that the line is frayed, I know if I can touch the fish, I'd have to try to grab it. At an awkward angle I plunged my right hand down and managed to grab its tail while it made a tired attempt to dive. I squeezed as hard as I could and pulled it up the side of the kayak with the fish upright. This allowed me to get my other hand underneath its gills, and into the yak it came. It's tail was in my lap and its head near the fishfinder, but that was better than the other way around"



Awesome fish, John, especially from the yak! up
Call me crazy, but I'd rather catch a 20# blue than a 20# bass, IMO a blue that size fights twice as hard.

That fish is a true slob, something to be proud of.
Bluefish of a lifetime, the girth on that is enormous.

Great report, really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. wtg! up
 
RiverheadScotty

Joined: 01/24/2009
Posts: 73
Location: North Fork
 09/06/2010 07:52 PM  

Congrats John. Great story, and that is an awesome photo of you holding the blue in the driveway by the tail.


The blues aint nothing but a good man with a bad woman
 
UrbanFishingMan


Joined: 05/01/2005
Posts: 351
Location: East Marion
 09/06/2010 08:02 PM  

Awesome

Wow that fish would have shattered the WICC's leader board
handling that gorilla with no gloves or gaff must have been an adrenaline rush!
bring on the Albie's



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schoolman


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 09/06/2010 08:07 PM  

CONGRATS! <:)))))><

upupup Quite the feat, John. Quite the feat! Way to go. I'm glad, for your sake, it came in the right way & didn't flip itself into an uncompromising position. Wink OUCH!!! JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. ReallyMadReally


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NYBightEditor
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 09/06/2010 08:15 PM  

Congratulations John! The cool thing about monster bluefish is that their teeth are usually so worn down that you can get away with a light - or in your case, no - leader.

That must have been ridiculous in the kayak. Great going on a beast of a fish up


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 09/06/2010 08:15 PM  

Thanks guys. I'm pretty sure that's the hardest my heart's pounded all season. When it jumped next to the yak the size of the head just freaked me out. I'm glad I didn't know he was biting on the fluoro until the last seconds. I really can't understand how he didn't bite through it. It was a great feeling to get him strapped down!


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dghosio


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 09/06/2010 08:28 PM  

Congrats!

John,

Great story and amazing fish! upup

Dean




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Capjgt58


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 09/06/2010 08:42 PM  

Congratulations, Biggest Blue Fish I have Ever Seen.. Must have Taken You For Some ride. Great Work....upupupShades
 
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 09/06/2010 08:48 PM  

Wow Steve you nailed it. I just looked at a closeup I took of its mouth - and there are hardly any top teeth!

NYBightEditor wrote:

Congratulations John! The cool thing about monster bluefish is that their teeth are usually so worn down that you can get away with a light - or in your case, no - leader.

That must have been ridiculous in the kayak. Great going on a beast of a fish up






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Fishing the Bucktail

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BAYSIDE27


Joined: 09/02/2007
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 09/06/2010 10:09 PM  

NYS STATE RECORD 25lbs

You should mount it.....the IGFA NYS record is 25 pounds....Thats a super catch especially from a Yak...it may be one of the largest blues ever landed on a Yak!!!!
 
angler00


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 09/06/2010 11:31 PM  

Shades CONGRATS!!!! YAP! IT SHOULD BE MOUNTED. NICE!


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 09/07/2010 12:00 AM  

~~~MONSTER~~~

upup Awesome gator surprise


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This post edited by BOBBYWALDBAUMBS 12:02 AM 09/07/2010
 
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