Guam kayak angler hooks Giant Dogtooth Tuna

Guam kayak angler hooks Giant Dogtooth Tuna

by Stripes Guam
Stripes Guam
Raf Vargas is an avid kayak angler who lives on the island of Guam. His passion for the ocean and insatiable pursuit of monsters of the deep put him to the test Dec. 5 when he hauled in a record 170-pound Dogtooth Tuna from his 14-foot kayak. 
Here’s Raf’s take on hooking this deep-sea monster:
This particular day was fairly slow. I was out for five hours and had no bites. So, I decided to give it one more try, dropping my line to 700 feet with a 500-gram jig. That did the trick! The battle was absolutely epic! The two-hour confrontation between man and fish was quite exhausting. Once it surfaced and I recognized it was a dogtooth tuna, I knew this was a record. All I needed was to get it on the kayak to call it a victory. Pulling 170 pounds of fish on a kayak was not an easy task. If it wasn't for my Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak, which can haul up to 600 pounds, this would not have been possible. 
Fish: Dogtooth Tuna 
Size: 170 pounds and 70.5" inches long
Method: Vertical jigging at 700 feet 
Gear: Shimano Ocea reel and rod
Kayak: Hobie Pro Angler 14
Location: West side of Guam
Angler: Raf Vargas (originally from Puerto Rico)
Here is the video when catching Epic 170 lbs Dogtooth Tuna
Instagram: Inland Yaker

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