My Dad entered our boat in a tournament called the Hyannis Tuna Fest down in Hyannis Port Massachusetts. It cost 1000 dollars to enter the tournament and, that wasn't even all of our expenses. To fuel our whole boat it cost about 1400 dollars. The reason we need this much fuel is we're going 100 miles offshore and trolling. Trolling is when your boat is moving at a slow speed and you put your lines in the water. The lines are pulled by the boat and the bait on the end of the line looks like it's alive. Food for 4 people for 2 days cost about 200 dollars. We bet that our boat was going to win the tournament and that was another 1000 dollars. Fishing isn't the most rewarding sport. We brought all of our luggage down to our boat and went to sleep.
I woke up at 5 in the morning the next day. I was up for about 20 minutes and then the line started screaming. I jumped over to the rod and put a glove on my left hand. I used my left hand to pull the line in while my right hand. I cranked the reel for about 5 minutes until the fish was at the boat. We had to film the fish for it to count in the tournament. I got off the road and grabbed a camera and filmed us bringing in the fish and killing it. The tournament we were in was about how many fish you can catch and release. There was also a biggest fish category that we entered in. The rule was you can only kill one fish per day. We didn't know if we were going to catch another fish, so we had to kill one just assure a spot in that category. We kept hooking up for the next 5 hours and by the end of the day we had caught 5 fish. We went 136 miles back to Hyannis and weighed our fish.
It weighed 89 pounds which is very small for a Bluefin Tuna. We were second in the tournament leader boards with 5 fish, the person in front of us had 10 fish. We entered in a cup that was 200 dollars to join and if you came in first,second or third you would win everyone else's money. The boat in front of us didn't enter in the cup. By the end of the day we were second in biggest fish, second in most first and, first in the cup. I went to sleep around 9 because I needed the sleep for tomorrow. I woke up at 4 am the next day. The water was very calm and there was no wind. Right when I woke up again we hooked up. This battle took 30 minutes to fight so we knew we were going to kill this fish when it came up to the boat. I filmed the fish coming up and as our crew killed the fish. For the next 9 hours we caught 3 more fish, not as productive as the day before. We started to head back to Hyannis.
We weighed the fish we killed and it was 137 pounds much bigger than the fish before. This put us in second still, the fish that was in first place was 133 pounds. We were 3rd in most fish with 9, the two other boats had 23 fish. One of those boats had caught 17 in one day. The boat that aught 17 in one day was in the cup and pushed us to second. We finished second in the biggest fish category, third in most fish and second in the cup. We collected around 4.3 thousand dollars but, with all the expenses we only got 63 dollars. I still felt proud of our crew for coming in second,second and third out of 53 boats. Not many people can say they've caught 9 bluefin in 2 days.