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Tight-Lipped Yellowfin

September 21, 2007
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Angler Darren Dorris just laughed when a yellowfin tuna grabbed his hookless squid jig during an overnight trip off New Jersey. Dorris half-jokingly lifted his rod, and then the tuna took off on a tear…no joke.

“I was surprised when the line came tight and the fish still pulled drag,” Dorris said.

The tuna kept its jaw locked on the jig for 30 minutes, and took Dorris for two laps around the boat before a perfect gaff job brought the 70-pound fish on deck.

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“The smooth drag on my Penn reel had everything to do with it,” he said. “If it had stuttered even once, it would have been all over.”

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