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Deep Sea Fishing Adventure Article

Blue fin tuna are among sport anglers most prized species.
Blue fin tuna are the most valuable fish in the world, coveted for their fatty belly meat, used in sushi as toro or maguro.
The boat trolls or pulls tuna feathers and the anglers await for the fishing reels to go off with their clickers screaming out an alarm. Suddenly, the corner rod goes off and someone yells “hook up,” all the fisherman run and grab their fishing rods race to the bait tank and start throwing out their lines with a sardine pinned to hooks. I am somewhat slower and at a severe disadvantage in selecting the choicest bait or finding an open spot in which to cast out. Another angler to my right yells out “fresh one.” My adrenalin starts to increase just being in the fray and having the opportunity to target tuna or yellowtail. I feel my bait begin to feed out and a slight tap then my line begins to accelerate out very rapidly. This is a very critical moment because if I try to set the hook too soon, I will pull the hook out of the fish’s mouth. I put my reel in gear, feel the line go tight and I lift my rod and as it begins to bend, I set the hook hard and fast. The initial pull of the blue fin bends my rod completely to its limit. The drag on my reel screams out an intoxicating whiz and hums as line is peeled off. I yell out “fish on.” My fish pulls me hard to the left and the deck hand yells at me move left and follow your fish. “Go over this guy, over another and under the next.”
My fish then decides to pull me to the right and this dance will continue till I get him to the boat or he breaks off. I have been fighting my fish for about 30 minutes and my hands are sore and tired. The end of the rod is jammed up against my stomach and this is also beginning to become extremely sore. Another fisherman who is fighting his own fish tells me he needs to come under me and as I attempt to step back, my fish pulls hard and I bump him hard on his back and mutter a quick apology. I feel a friction on my line and say “I have a line on me.” The deck hand cuts the other persons line off and I continue to fight the fish. I ask people around me do you see color and someone says “you have deep color.” I ask the deck hand for the gaff and he coaches me to stop reeling and lifts the beast onto the deck where I hear his tail flapping the deck. “That’s a nice one,” someone exclaims and my friend confirms this by saying “what a beauty, that’s about a 38 pound blue fin.” The action continues all around me as I here another “hook up,” or “awwww fresh one.” The deck hand says you are clear so grab another bait and get it out there. For the next 3 hours we are in a wide open bite and the entire boat is filled with running feet, flapping tails and the laughter of happy anglers. Intermixed with the excitement are some groans of disappointment and outright cursing. I can tell that some fish are sawed off and others have broken the anguished angler’s line. Tuna fishing is among the most challenging and blue fin can be some of the most line shy or finicky when it comes to bait presentation.
Being totally blind has not stopped me from learning all about deep sea fishing. I started from the beginning and have learned about different hook types and sizes. What weight of line to match to the hook in relation to the bait. I have gathered knowledge about the different types, lengths and composites of rods. When to fly line; use a sliding weight or a torpedo weight. Each species of fish requires a different game plan. I have caught calico bass, barracuda, halibut, white sea bass, yellowtail, dorado, Wahoo yellow fin tuna albacore and blue fin tuna. I hope to inspire some others to get interested to maybe give deep sea fishing a try for themselves.
The captain steers the nose of the boat out of the harbor He increases throttle and the diesels begin to hum.
I feel the sun and the sea breeze on my face. A slow smile lights up my face as the realization comes over me that once again I am chasing the tuna. I am deep sea fishing!

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Gordon Chan

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