1.5 day Pacific Dawn 8-14. Bluefin, Bluefin

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by scott v, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. scott v

    scott v Well-Known "Member"

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    05C98D12-2EFD-4A78-8CA3-AB97868BA691.png B51A7DF9-53D3-46C0-ABAC-5065D47FE162.jpeg 08FCEE6A-8CDA-4835-85C1-320F434BC07D.jpeg I was able to jump on a charter trip at the last minute to fill a spot that opened up. Wow, did I ever get lucky. Only 13 fishing and everyone was super mellow.

    Plan was to fish the Cortez bank for school sized bluefin and hopefully better grade yellowtail. Ride out was a little bumpy but the fishing it grounds were perfect. We started fishing probably around 8 and shortly after the first bluefin came over the rail. It was a slow pick bite hanging a fish here and there. Sardines in San Diego are tiny right not. Think large anchovy. This made getting a bait to swim a challenge. I was having no luck with these tiny sardines and did not get a fish on this stop.

    Second stop I switched to a 20lb outfit with a size 4 hook. I did a lot better this stop. I switched to butt hooking the dines which for me got bit well. We put limits for the passengers on the boat by about noon. Most bluefin were around 15 pounds maybe a little bigger. I think we got 11 yellowtail to about 25-30 lbs. We left room for crew limits so we could chase the big boys.

    We next ran to San Clemente island and it was almost immediately game on with the kite. We landed 6 out of 7 all between 180 and I believe 240. Cool thing about the charter was everyone took turns pulling on the fish. This gave everyone a turn and all meat was split. We were at limits so never tried fishing flatfalls.

    Crew was one of the best I have fished with. They were absolutely awesome when we were on the school sized fish. They went above that on the jumbo grade. It was obvious captain and crew love what they do. Richi in the galley was phenomenal as well.

    Only setup I caught fish with:
    Black hole 731m/fathom 12
    30lb spectra to short 20 lb Floro.
    #4 light wire hook. Small but I lost no fish.

    Writing this from doctors appointment on phone. so don’t kill me for gramatical errors 72BD89B4-1451-4C07-83FC-52D440688D5A.jpeg
     
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  2. C.Bergs

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    Orale!
     
  3. shooter21

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    Absolutely love fishing the Pacific Dawn, Pat and the crew are amazing!
     
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  4. sk8nsurf805

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    Epic!!! Were they using the frozen flying fish in the same way you would skip a yummy? Any special rigging they did to the flying fish? Any info on that would be awesome!
     
  5. scott v

    scott v Well-Known "Member"

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  6. PoolMan

    PoolMan 7 'dines short of a full scoop

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    So were the flying fish on top of the water from a helium ballon or just below the surface with a small balloon on the water as a bobber?
     
  7. TConklin

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    Glad you had a great time on the Hooked Up Boat Club charter trip. So jealous I missed out on the trip. Next year the wife has no choice!

    Make sure to send us your pictures of the trip, you got some good ones I see.

    Cheers
     
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  8. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  9. Yella1

    Yella1 So Fishy

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    Such a great report, thanks! Question for you: What brand do you use for your 20lb Fluoro (specifically)? I have had some tough luck with 20lb breaking well before the posted test. I used Seguar Red Label.
     
  10. scott v

    scott v Well-Known "Member"

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    It was an awesome trip with a great group of people. The people make the trip as much as the fishing. Everyone was mellow and worked together. You could skip next year so I might get an invite back :).

    I have been fishing the HiSeas quattro flourocarbon in mulit color sold by charkbait. I am sure other places have it. For some reason the multi color seems to work for me. I fish up to 100lbs and have never had an issue with it. It's also considerably cheaper than other brands (or at least it used to be).
     
  11. Yella1

    Yella1 So Fishy

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    Awesome info, I'll check it out. Thanks.
     
  12. Sauce

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    It was truly a trip for the memory books! Glad you were able to jump on it with us! I just got back from picking up my fish from the processor. Its on tonight's dinner menu and going to be delicious!
     
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    How big were the school size BFT?
     
  14. T.O.T.W.

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    Congrats on a great trip! One of my favorite local boats for so many reasons—including getting to hang out with my old friend, Mike “Man Dawg” Nickerson.
     
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    Sounds like a fun trip. Great pictures at the gaff
     
  16. vinniethefish

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    Great report thanks for sharing.
     
  17. Steelhead1

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    Timely report, heading out on the PD tomorrow night! Thanks
     
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    i used to staple the wings f the dead flyers to a paper plate and then freeze them. when you are ready to use you have to pluck the stacks otherwise it mangles the wings. and the fish will not eat. at least that’s what we did on he RR3
     
  19. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    All that on a 1.5 day... Congrats!!!!

    How far of a boat ride is San Clemente from Cortez Bank?
     
  20. LedZeppfin

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    Awesome! Some quality fish there Scott. Thanks for reporting.

    The sardines are small and it makes for tough pulling on bigger fish. A lighter load always helps too and less tangles.
     

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