With the birds swirling overhead and the bait pods dimpling the surface all around the boat, it felt like the water was about to erupt. The Orca fairly hummed with nervous energy. As Pirie and mate Ralph Poness readied the fly rods and spinning gear, I was startled by a minke whale that surfaced 30 feet from the boat, exhaling a spume of fishy-smelling vapor as it gulped a mouthful of sand eels. Its smooth back arced above the water and disappeared in an immense boil. Suddenly, more boils and splashes appeared on the edge of the nearest bait pod. Sleek, blue-black football shapes broke the surface as the sand eels scattered in panic and the crazed gulls swooped in for an easy meal. I immediately thought "tuna," then realized that I was looking at the backs of bluefish - enormous bluefish!