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780 Pound Giant Bluefin Tuna (On Video)

Jake Collins

I've been fishing since I was eight years old, however I still have a euphoric feeling after my son Ryan and I landed a 9 foot long, 780 pound giant tuna this past Friday.

I have been chasing giants rather unsuccessfully since my teenage years. I've caught plenty of cod, haddock, mackerel and stripers but giant tuna had always eluded me. 

The entire ordeal took several hours, yet all the highlights are recapped in the 8 minute video below. Please click play to watch. 

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This experience will stay with me forever, and I have a great respect for this incredible fish. Needless to say I will be replaying this video below and reliving this day in my mind for the rest of my life.

Today I told my wife that after catching this tuna, I had the same feeling I had when my two kids were born! I am really happy to be able to share this event with everyone here on My Fishing Cape Cod.

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Boating has been part of my life since I was a boy hand-lining for mackerel from a dinghy. When Ryan of MFCC was young, we’d spend our days fishing from our 12ft tin boat. Today I still enjoy boating with Ryan, my daughter Katelyn, and my lovely wife Kathy.

  1. Go get one David. It is wild.

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  2. cool going fishing this saturday hopefully will be lucky

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    1. Nice David! I hope the weather and fish cooperate. Good luck!

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  3. Great article and video, such a pleasure to read about the accomplishment of Father and Son, I am so happy for both of your experience together, it is so nice that family can have this time to be shared and remembered for years to come, and hopefully many more!

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    1. Thank you Stephen. I have viewed the video many times, and enjoy it more and more. Hope to see you on the water.

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  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!
    Nothing else to say.

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    1. Amen ,and thank you.

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  5. Jake, Awesome day…..what a fish…i sent your video to the boys in Hawaii, Congratulations to you and your son

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    1. Better than hitting the winning shot for S.H.H.S. Fun days.

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  6. Ryan,

    Were you able to gut the fish in the water, it looked it, did you cut out the gill plate, anus and blow the guts with your wash down hose. Once again awesome job and a memory for a lifetime catching a fish like this with your father. There is nothing more special

    Dave

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    1. Yes that is exactly what we did Dave. Hopefully we’ll get another chance this October – can’t wait to get back out.

      I hope your season has been going well. Good luck this fall!

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  7. Holy Cow! How exciting! I had joyful tears in my eyes as I viewed the video.
    Father and son………. what a special moment!
    Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Marianne and George it truly was a very special day.

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  8. Wow! Great team work, great fish and great story! Well done guys!

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    1. Thank you Patrick, special day.

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  9. Wow….> thats a great fish
    Congrats to both of you

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    1. Thank you Jimmy, lucky with this one.

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  10. Great achievement and great team work! Ryan, I can see where the rod holder on the Ms L. got broken as the rope attached to the tuna was tied to it. 07:11 of the video. Mystery solved!

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    1. Thanks Dex. I always blame my son with fishing, and boating events.

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  11. OMG. What a great fish. Especially to be out there with your Dad. Way to go Ryan. Kudos to you and Dad. You are such a dedicated fisherman.Thanks for sharing your video.

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    1. Thank you Rick, glad that it was calm.

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  12. I’m so proud of you and your dad. But you don’t have to get my admiration by catching fish. It’s the way you conduct your self HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS!!,!

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    1. Thank you Dave. Good Karma.

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  13. Great to see! Very nice fish-! Congratulations. I can only imagine the heart rate!

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    1. Thank you Philip. I am finally calming down.

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  14. Wow! Father and son catching a fish like that, on a 21′ boat, together! I couldn’t imagine a better trip.

    Really enjoyed the video.

    Great job guys.

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    1. Thank you Steve, a very special day.

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  15. This was the first that I have
    watched your website. I found it to be very interesting & exciting. Great team work with that tuna. Ryan, you learnt from the best! 🙂
    Linda & George

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    1. Thank you Linda and George. Kathy taught him solid fishing skills.

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  16. Great boat handling by your Dad by staying on top of that fish the way he did. That’s the way to truly beat up on a fish of that magnitude. Small boat tuna fishing at it’s best. Judging by the looks of that prime fish, I would hope that you paid for the whole season of boating and fishing gear with that one. Don’t forget to wear gloves next time when handling the line, LOL. Of course I’m sure that you were so excited that you never gave it a thought.

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    1. lol, my hands are all blistered up, so you can bet I will be wearing gloves next time Gary!

      I’m hopeful for a good price but I haven’t heard anything yet. Thanks for watching the video – I already can’t wait to give it another try during October.

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    2. Thank you Gary. I was happy to stay on the wheel, I don”t have the strength to bring in a tuna this size.

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  17. Congratulations Collins boys!! awesome catch… And on the 21 footer ta boot!! what an accomplishment. You give us guys with small rigs some hope! Some day i’ll get my act in gear and give it a try.

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    1. Anything is possible Doug!

      In the old days they used to catch these monster tuna with handlines from dories…

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    2. Thank you Doug, pick a calm day. Be safe.

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  18. Wow, was that fun to watch! Just you and your dad, what a team to bring that fish home. I think I will watch it again. Thanks for sharing and I always thought you needed a team of three to land a big blue fin tuna. What will you do next?

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    1. My old man and I make an alright team!

      To answer your question about what will I do next……hopefully catch another! lol

      Thanks for watching and commenting Ron.

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      1. Thank you Ron, I have viewed the video many times. Will continue to enjoy it this winter.

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  19. Awesome Jake and Ryan —- appreciated your teamwork !!! Also appreciated the flat calm conditions …. our tuna trip is supposed to be at the end of this week. Go away Jose !!

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    1. I will cross my fingers that the weather cooperates for you John!

      Come October I will be giant fishing again on the Miss Loretta.

      Let me know if you want to go.

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    2. Thank you John. Amazing day. Your up next. My best to all.

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      1. Oops ———-you’re

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  20. Congratulations on your adventure of catching a giant tuna. I realized how hard it is by watching the fishermen on Wicked Tuna working so hard and losing so many right when to land them. You guys proved to be a great team on this adventure. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thanks for watching Emil!

      We still gotta get out fishing together before this season is thru!

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      1. Thank you Emil. I will always remember this day.

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  21. Pig nice work boys

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    1. Thanks for all your help that day

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      1. Thanks Jason. Perfect day.

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  22. Nice to see this fish landed on the same boat I own. Next year I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Brian

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    1. Anything is possible with that 21′ Hydra! Pumped to hear you have the same boat.

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      1. Congratulations on a beautiful catch! A fish of a lifetime. My biggest was a little 224 Blue Shark. Your dad was awesome keeping the boat on point. Well done. 🙂

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      2. Pick your day Brian. Yes you can.

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        1. Congrat’s, nice video!

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          1. Thank you Doug. Amazing day for me. Keeps me young.

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