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blackbuckley posted 10-02-2002 01:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for blackbuckley   Send Email to blackbuckley  
I live in the Boston area where the Bluefin are in close to shore. I own a 1971 17' Montauk that currently has a Katama side console. I am going to do some modifications this winter in preperation for next season. I would appreciate suggestions from anyone who has modified a 17' for big game. Thank You.
PMUCCIOLO posted 10-02-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

If you can locate it, there is an OLD video with Lee Wulff (of fly fishing fame) catching giant bluefins from a Montauk 17 with a fighting chair mounted in the bow. The deck was covered by some sort of black non-skid strips. He used the bow rail as a footrest while fighting the fish. Needless to say, the fish towed the boat all over the place!

I think that some chains like Blockbuster may have it, as I rented it about a year or so ago.

Good luck! And make sure that the bilge pump in the sump works well!


Dr T posted 10-02-2002 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Do you happen to recall the name of the video?

And, what sort of tackle was the esteemed Mr. Wulff using? It probably was NOT a 12 weight rod with a Royal Wulff tied on a 5/0 hook.

Seriously, I have been thinking about how to rig the 13 as a scaled down version of this type of set up to use close to shore in the Gulf of Mexico on calm days when going after kings.

PMUCCIOLO posted 10-02-2002 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
The tackle, I believe, consisted of one 80# class Everol reel on a rod with Mildrum rollers. The bait consisted of a single, large mackerel. I shall attempt to locate the video next time I'm in the store.


DaveS posted 10-02-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
What about mounting one of those side seats that are available from Cabelas with the gimble mount? Seems like something you might be able to use and when not needed, just fold it up out of the way and away you go.


shoctor posted 10-03-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoctor  Send Email to shoctor     
I too have seen the video I hink it was called "big fish small boat" I too have tried the tuna thing out of a 17 footer just make sure you are comfortable in the handling of your boat and I also recomend the largest bilge pump you can get into the bilge gets a wee bit hairy when the monsters get close. A sharp knife and blast stick are good ideas if keeping the fish. if releasing tak pictures from a far and cut leader believe me. (experience speaking from learning the hard way) :)
blackbuckley posted 10-04-2002 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackbuckley  Send Email to blackbuckley     
Thanks for the input.

I will find that Lee Wulff video and report back the title and where I got it. I have heard of it - really want to see it!

blackbuckley posted 10-04-2002 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackbuckley  Send Email to blackbuckley     
I am leaning toward a bow mounted fighting post. A high volume pump mounted on the deck is a must.
Thank you for the input and I would appreciate any more suggestions.
PMUCCIOLO posted 10-04-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

May I suggest a 12/0 Fin-nor dual gear or tri gear to put the brakes on one of those tuna? They're not manufactured as of 2001, but there is an adequate supply around. From what I understand, this is the premier big-game reel for tuna due to its ability to produce incredibly high amounts of drag and do so smoothly.

Best of luck,

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