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blackbuckley posted 10-02-2002 12:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for blackbuckley   Send Email to blackbuckley  
I live in the Boston area and own an early 70's Motauk (now with a Katama side console) and would like to hear suggestions from anyone who has made modifications for big game. Bluefin are in close now and I want to be ready for next season. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
John from Madison CT posted 10-02-2002 06:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Hmm, that's a tuff one. If you had an Outrage I would say go with swivel type rod holders but since you have a Montauk, you really only have the option of stand up fishing, which is fine with fish up to ~200 lbs.

Get 1-2 quality Gaffs, and a bunch of tail ropes, in case you get a real big one which cannot go over the gunnel.

Good Luck. I've heard about that bite in Cape Cod Bay and envy you guys.


blackbuckley posted 10-05-2002 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackbuckley  Send Email to blackbuckley     
If I'm lucky there will be friend out that day that can winch one in for me. If I'm really lucky I'll catch one that needs a winch! Otherwise the tail ropes are the way. I've seen front fighting posts mounted in the bow but have not heard how they do in such a small boat although it's probably my only option.
Thank You for the input John.
Any simple to creative gear or rigging tips are appreciated.
scarlson posted 10-13-2002 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for scarlson    
BTW made a rear casting deck/ski pylon for the Montauk. I have one and used that configuration to hitch up a 24' boat in distress and towed it back to port. The BTW supplied seats were made by Springfield Marine (they have a web site) and they also have fighting seats that would fit in the deck. Throw a little come along winch in and use it and the ski pylon and you can winch that tuna into the Montauk. I've seen the pylon pull three skiers up out of the water so it's strong. It ain't going to be easy to find one, BTW no longer makes them, so you gotta go used. If you go this route look me up there are tricks to installing the deck as it is designed to go in before the motor is hung on.
Jay A posted 10-13-2002 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
mmmm...A 17 footer going after 500 to 1000lb tuna? Have you ever seen the movie "The Old Man and the Sea" with Spencer Tracy ? If you did, don't go out without a good set of work gloves !
scarlson posted 10-13-2002 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for scarlson    
Jay A

have you ever read Hemingway's book of the same title. It is much more compelling than the screenplay.

Whaler Proud posted 10-13-2002 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
If he hasn't, then all he will do is picture Spencer Tracy sitting in the boat. :>)
Jay A posted 10-14-2002 12:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
I always remmember two scenes in "The Old Man and the Sea" and "The Old Man and the Mountain" 1st the fish pulls on the line while Spencer has the line cut through his hands and 2nd, This time the line holding "his brother" cuts through his hands when Spencer attempts to save him during a fall.
baltica posted 10-14-2002 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for baltica  Send Email to baltica     
This appears to be a common fantasy/obsession for small whaler owners, including myself. There were several discussions last yearon the WMI fish boards, with several stories by people who caught (and usually released) blue fins out of small boats. They offer lots of good advice including the need to have a come-along to haul the fish into your boat before the sharks come- you'll also need plenty of $$$ to invest in appropriate gear. The best of these articles is "How to catch a giant bluefin tuna from Cape Hatteras NC from a small boat on a budget" by William Tyler

It is posted at:

Whaler Proud posted 10-14-2002 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Small boats / big fish: I was watching PBS the other night and they were doing a series on sharks (may have been an episode of NOVA). Anyway, the scenes from the Faralons (? spelling) showed these research scientists going out in a BW 13 with rudder steering to videotape Great Whites in action.

All I can say is, it may not sink, but it can flip. I think these guys had been on the island too long.

EddieS posted 10-17-2002 01:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
Whaler Proud,

Did they show some of the shots of the surf board with the camera mounted on it? They have made some pretty wild footage of the great whites comming up from below to blast the surf board.

They may use the 13 for ease of launching. It has to be launched using a derrick or crane. Or perhaps it is budget related. I do know that these guy's are doing some great research on the behavior of great whites.


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