anyways how about a little post on how you caught him
Was in my Hobie Adventure with small sail and Sidekick.
I had a new rig, a 50# test outfit in anticipation of higher speeds to come with my AI and a chance to troll lures versus bait. I figured I needed 4-500 yds of line to get control over bill fish and the larger tuna I anticipate hooking up.
So with a limited budget I went medium class. A Penn GLD 30 with 300 yd of spectra. Even though it's single speed to have a LD for this line in the yak was essential IMHO. Charbait managed to squeeze another 220+ yds of mono as a top. I added a 20 ft 60# fluro leader.
I wanted minimum hardware as terminal tackle. So put on an Assuie swivel (some call 'em "in-line") 150lb test . Unlike a snap hook rig the darn things are miniscule. My wire leader, brown single strand 85# test was short. Maybe 18 inches to protect against ono. Connected to a weighted #6 hook (Split a 1/2 oz sinker and mount on hooks shank) with a stinger on one end and connected to the swivel with a haywire twist. Takes a bit longer to change rigs, but less hardware visible. I had bait of choice over here. O'pelu. I like the small ones, 8-9 inches max so fish figure they can swallow 'em whole.
I had followed the drop off from outside and south of the light to inside off the cliffs. Went all the way in and followed them west.(for those unfamilar with water I was in about 600 fathoms less than a couple of hundred yds off shore) One nice hit. Did a U. Got to about "end of the road" when WHAM, screecccccch reel went off. I have a quick release on sail clew. Pulled it to allow sail to luff, and grabbed rod. Could not stop him, so turned yak in his direction and pedalled to get some speed up. Added some more drag and got him pulling boat versus line out. (Why yaks will set world records as soon as top anglers recognize the possibiliites.) Gave me time to take down mast and clear for action.
Another short run or tow and the fish sounded, ripping line off. Once he stopped, I had a terrible time getting him up, but it was just a question of time.
I was lucky the tax collector wasn't around. I had been out the day before and lost a nice ono. Only compensation was seeing my buddy land a 90 lb sailfish. (Look for Jan HFN) So the water was "Hot".