I took my nephew with me up north last weekend to help me install weed mats and mulch on a bunch of my trees. We got up close and very personal with 4-5 black bears (mom and cubs) in the middle of my woods. We kinda ran into each other in the woods and the bears scurried off like they normally do. One of the cubs came running back right at us about 3 mins after they fled. It got within 20-30 feet of my nephew. I yelled and it took off running the other way. As we tried to leave the woods for a while we found out that mom (300 lb sow) and 2 babies decided to climb into the biggest oak tree on my property about 50 yards from where we encountered them. They were nice enough to pose for a few pictures and videos.
Fish were biting. We did well with crappies, sunfish and bass. My nephew now has a new PB for walleye (25.5"), crappie (14.5"), bluegill (10+") and pumpkin seed. I also caught a huge crappie that I think was probably 16" and my new PB as well. They were too pretty to keep. We threw back a few dozen HUGE sunfish. We each took some of the smaller crappies and sunnies for the frying pan.
We probably should have watched that ourselves. I’ve cleaned smaller tuna but never one like this. Took 2 of us 45 minutes. The hardest part was moving it. 250 lbs of slippery fish is tough to toss around. Basically we bear hugged it to put it in the truck. Thankfully the marina has a block and tackle at the dock.
Then I went to the convenience store for more ice. Covered in blood and smelling very fishy.
It was a blast. probably should have told more of the story. We were expecting, (hoping) to run into some yellow fin in the 30 to 50 lbs range. When it hit and ran that's what we figured. we let the fish take drag and kept trolling for a short time hoping for a second hookup. after that I throttled back and my son and friend cleared lines and just kept the pressure on the fish.
We use Penn 30's with 1500 yards of 120 lb braid with 100 foot of 80 lbs mono as a top shot.
I got some serious experience backing up and turning the boat in reverse. It was a 2 hour fight. My son had mono on the reel 8 times in 2 hours but the fish kept just taking it back. It took all three of us to catch that fish working together.