While certainly some very nice 150lb plus bluefins have been caught, many others have gotten away after long fights this year. How big are those phantom fish? We'll never really know of course, but fish stories are fun.
kirk I would say the fish are pushing the 200lb mark give or take. problem is that you need to use light leader and the person who is fighting the fish realy has to know how to apply the pressure to get one of these fish in with light leader. one little itsy bitsy mistake will result in a lost fish, they are smart and know what to do to get away.