|Heading into the flats|
"Ok, reel in and come back to the back of the boat. We'll head to one last spot and try and get you something decent before we head back in for the day" Tri said. Fair call I thought, seeing as it was getting late and there was clearly nothing there. It would be disappointing to resort to spin gear in deeper water again, but I also wasn't the only one on the boat to consider. I reeled up the slack, and stepped from the casting deck. I think I took maybe two steps toward the back of the boat when Tri yelled "There they are!!". At first I thought he was joking. "Right in front of us" he said. I turned, and there were three longtail tuna slowly cruising past in perfect fly casting range. I desperately tried to strip off enough line to cast as they swam past, but I only got half as much line out as I needed. Tri grabbed a spin rod and pelted out a cast ahead of them. One turned and hit but didn't hook up. Then they were gone. We had another look around but couldn't find them or any others, so gave up and headed to fish the one last deep spot. We didn't do any good there, but the thought of those tuna which Tri estimated to be about 12kg has me wanting to come back. Just a few seconds longer before reeling in and stepping off the casting deck and I may have had my first tuna, and a new species to add to my list of species on fly.
I guess there is always next time. At his stage I am planning on heading back for a full week of serious fishing sometime in December.
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