230# Bigeye Tuna "Grander"

The fishing has still been a bit on the slow side for the fleet here in Madeira with only a few marlin seen over the last couple of days. “Margarita” let a nice one go and “Our Mary” pulled the hooks on a decent fish. “Pesca Grossa” was fishing to west of Calheta when they lost a big one. Andy told me the fish was over 800# and they only had it on for a short while before pulling the hook.Thats the beauty about fishing in Madeira,even though the fishing is slow when you do eventually raise a fish chances are it’s going to be a nice one. Yesterday on the “Grander” we found some bigeye tuna feeding out to the west. After missing one on the long rigger we stayed in the area and eventually hooked one on the stinger. After a good fight on stand up the fish came up tail wrapped.  As soon as I was able to get the line of the tail the big tuna took of again and when Anthony got the fish up the last time I pulled the hook on the leader-buggar! A little discouraged we put the lures back out and in no time we were hooked up again. This time everything went right and after a short fight we had a nice bigeye  in the boat. Back at the dock the fish pulled the scale down to 230# and Anthony was very happy with his personal best bigeye tuna.

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