The only rival of the tarpon as a game fish, is the great leaping tuna of the California coast, near the Santa Catalina Islands. There it reaches an average weight of 150 pounds, but I don't know how heavy it really does get in the Pacific, though in the Atlantic, where it is found from New Jersey northward it reaches a weight of 1200 pounds. These monsters have never been taken with rod and line, and the record is a 680 pound fish. At Santa Catalina is the greatest sea fishing to be had anywhere in the world, and the fishing is all conducted on true sportsman's lines.
There is one club known as the Three-Six Tackle Clubs that will not use a line heavier than 6 thread linen, which will not stand a strain of more than fifteen pounds. It seems impossible to catch such large fish as tuna, which have such a reputation for fighting, on such tackle, and of course the large ones could not be held with it. I think the record for this tackle is a sixty pound fish. Ordinarily the same tackle is used for tuna as for tarpon. Flying fish are used for bait. The leader should be of phosphor-bronze, six feet long, and the line for ten feet should be double. The bait is cast into a school of the fish when they are chasing flying fish, and after hooking the fish it is sometimes hours before he is tired out, and the boat is towed several miles. The fishing is done from small motor-boats made especially for tuna fishing.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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