Selecting a TUNA Rod

Big tuna, big stick? No, you don’t need a heavy, solid‑fiberglass stand-up rod to fight big yellowfin tuna anymore — not since the latest advancements in build materials. No doubt, all-fiberglass rods are extremely durable, so much so that some anglers may never put down their favorites. Popular examples include Penn International V stand-ups, Calstar West Coast series, Star Aerials and others, though it’s important to note that some of these glass rods utilize hollow or tubular construction. But with 50- to 80-pound-class conventional reels getting smaller, and the diameter of braided super lines shrinking, it’s not surprising that stand-up conventional sticks — rods that you might have to clutch for long battles — are losing weight and gaining action. Building Blocks Over the past decade, composite rods have been taking over. Fiberglass-and-graphite ­construction rods produce the strength of fiberglass, plus the sensitivity of graphite. Graphite and carbon fiber are both produced from carbon, but graphite is carbon atoms arranged as hexagonal rings and layered, while...
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Eddie with some MONSTER fish

Not much compares to the fight but landing these monsters will do. As Eddie shared this picture it reminded me of a  story that started the “be more with less” movement for me. While I knew all work and no play wasn’t the way, I thought I would forever be stuck in the cycle of working to live. I thought I would always have a car payment, credit card debt and not enough month at the end of the money. I thought I had to work harder to make more, buy more and have more. At one time, I really thought that would make me better somehow. This story is my inspiration to slow down, reassess, and get real about how I want to live life. An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican...
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Thompson’s REELIN’ them in

Thompson’s REELIN’ them in

Dad was from the old school in which a "real man" could talk baseball, weather, work, and everything else... As a result I knew my dad as an excellent provider, and a man who loved us but who could never say it out loud. To get a glimpse of the man inside...that was a real treat. It didn't happen often, but when it did, it usually happened when we were fishing. And then the magic of a son and dad fishing together began to work in mysterious ways. It would begin with a lesson on knot tying, or when to set the hook, but if I waited long enough dad would begin to tell stories. Stories of long ago, when he was a lad growing up on the farm. He may have thought his stories were simply about pike fishing, deer hunting, or ice fishing in his dad's ice shack, but to me they revealed much more. Each story told of relationships...
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Yellowfin TUNA on the deck

It is no secret that I love fishing, especially saltwater fishing. I don't begrudge the avid bass angler because I grew up with dreams of that big bucket mouth, but it still amazes me that people who love fishing will invest so much into boats, tackle, and time needed to catch a once in a lifetime ten pound bass instead of heading to the salt that truly leaves you in awe of the power of nature. I am a surf and pier rat, but despite a tendency to get seasick, I wanted to take a shot at getting offshore and tackling something that would test my patience and muscle unlike anything inshore. I found my match with yellowfin tuna. Around 11:00AM, the captain yelled that we were about to cross a school.  Yellowfin tuna started boiling all around us.  Rods went off at the same time and chaos ensued in the cockpit of the boat. Two of the lines touched and the...
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