Hand lining albacore is what Nick did when he was commercially fishing albacore.
Careful with that. Carole Baskin's husband was forced to hand line a tiger and it didn't go too well.I'd pay to see that....
I've honestly given a fair bit of thought about hand lining for tigers....I actually have a setup that I could modify for such activities. It's gonna happen at some point....
I've seen that video before (big surprise, huh). Crazy stuff. Even crazier to think that beast of a fish might have swum offshore here in Washington - when it was about half that size. Pacific bluefin are considered a single stock so that's very possible. New Zealand is the home to giant Pacific bluefin, just as Prince Edward Island is for giant Atlantic Bluefin.This guy hand lined a bluefin. Went out the next day in a 14 ft dingy 60miles offshore to do it again. Absolute animal.
I am should be embarrassed. I only have one very fish and weather dependent trip on the books for 2021 and I honestly am not that far behind you ....ha. I have started tying the dozen I have to send in for the Albacore swap but even taking that out of the equation, I am going way overboard.
Big streamers are just so fun to tie.
Edit: what percentage of your patterns incorporate weight of some kind?