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First ever Bluefin Tuna caught from Plymouth on rod and line

Here is the first ever Bluefin Tuna caught from Plymouth on rod and line.

Back in July while we were fishing for Sharks we caught a 300lb+ Blue Fin Tuna, the fight lasted just on two hours! What happened during that time I could write a book about, it was truly a dream come true for all five of us onboard that day. The bite was just insane no warning, the reel drag went from 0 to 100 mph in a split second. On the first run it stripped over 350 yards of braid off the reel in seconds, then it went deep down and stayed close to them sea bed. It made three more long runs and at one point I had to chase it in the boat just to keep up. After the first hour with only a butt pad on Barry’s arms give up and he passed the rod to me, as I got the Tuna closer to the boat it started to try and go under the boat making big pin wheels. There was a chance we could lose it so I passed the rod to Tony while I got back in control of the boat. 

As we started to win the fight the Tuna kept hanging under the boat about 50ft down so I asked Bernie take control of the boat, bearing in mind he had never took control of Size Matters before he did a cracking job. I was now the wire man as none of the lads onboard had ever wired a big fish before so I had to be on that wire if we had any chance of catching this Tuna. Four or five times I had the wire in my hand and each time with a kick of its tail it shot off and hung under the boat. Finally we got him boat side I got Barry to hold the wire while I put a gaff in the bridge of its lower jaw then I got a second gaff and carefully placed it next to the first gaff. Gaffing a tuna in this part of its jaw results in no blood loss, the welfare of the Tuna was paramount. It took three of us to slide it through the stern door, as soon as it was on the deck we put the deck wash hose in its mouth to keep it oxygenated and kept pouring buckets of water over it to ensure it’s survival. We removed the wire trace and circle hook from its jaw, took some photos and measurements then released it. As the Tuna slipped back into the sea it give two kicks of its tail and was away. The five of us onboard where screaming with joy it was like we had won the World Cup, we all decided to stop fishing and go the pub to celebrate. 

Even weeks after, the lads where calling me to say that was one of the best experiences of their lives catching the first ever Blue Fin Tuna from Plymouth and the team work that took place from all five onboard that day.

The Tuna measurements where length 79 inch x 54 inch girth, I have checked all different Tuna length to weight calculations and most are different. The Tuna was easy 300lb+, I have been lucky enough to catch them in Canada to 850lb and I have seen them to 950lb. 

If you are lucky enough to hook a Tuna while fishing for Sharks onboard Size Matters, we will not bring the fish onboard and it will be released at the side of the boat. 


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Size Matters, a familiar sight in south west waters, is available for charter from Plymouth. This fishing vessel originates from Canada and is a regular visitor to the Channel islands and beyond.

Size Matters is one of the biggest charter boats in the country and the only one of its kind operating in UK waters. We are very proud to be sponsored by Okuma, Savage Gear, Imax and Water Wolf. We cater for all levels of experience, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Size Matters can hold a maximum of 12 people plus 2 crew members. We welcome individuals, small groups, and full charters.

From March to October Size Matters will operate from Plymouth.

From October to March Size Matters operates from Liverpool.

The Skipper – Kevin McKie

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Kevin is a mad keen angler as well as a fully qualified charter skipper and has been fishing for over 30 years. He has built up a vast knowledge of all types of fishing not just in the UK but from all over the world at an international level.

He knows a thing or two about hooking and landing big fish, he has caught hundreds of sharks to 1700lb, tuna to 800lb and halibut to 290lb. This is thought to be the biggest halibut ever landed by a UK angler and the list just goes on and on.

Kevin started off his boat fishing days back in 1995, he then owed his first boat in 1998 before he could even drive a car. Since then Kevin has moved on to owning and running his own successful charter boat Brigand from Liverpool.

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Wreck Fishing

Size Matters is a specialist wreck fishing vessel built to get you there fast and comfy

General Fishing

Shark fishing, reef fishing, bass fishing, multiple day charters you name it!

Extended Trips

Multiple day charters to Guernsey for Bass, Brill and Turbot. Really good fishing, really good fun

Summer Season

Size Matters fishes the amazing boat fishing grounds out of Plymouth some of the UK’s best

Winter Season

We move up to fish for cod in the Mersey river, where the weather has little effect

Expert Advice

Kev is always ready to dish out the best tips for bait, tackle and tactics

Tackle Hire

Top quality OKUMA fishing tackle available

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phone: 07999 628 511

Summer Season

From March to October Size Matters will operate from Plymouth.

Size Matters operates from a secure walk-on walk-off marina berth in the most accessible part of Plymouth’s historic Barbican where long-stay car parking is close by. We sail out under the towering walls of the great Citadel built in the reign of Charles 11, the backdrop for over fifty years of charter angling at its finest level.

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Winter Season

Size Matters will arrive at Liverpool marina on October 20th ready for the winter cod season on the river Mersey.

Charter’s will start on October 22nd and will finish on March 7th. Please be aware we can only fish neap tides in the Mersey so dates are limited to when you can fish. If you want weekend dates you need to book ASAP, there are only a few weekend dates available.

Happy Fishermen & Fisherwomen

Tom Burke July 12, 2016

I went out with Kev from Liverpool and we fished the Mersey. Even though conditions weren’t great Kev made sure we were on fish all the time, moving about if needed and keeping us informed on the best tactics. We had brews and and a curry that I would have been happy ordering from a take away too! Not only was he such a attentive and funny skipper I ended up with the biggest fish of the day so I was well happy.

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