First time on the Shogun. Booked a trip a few weeks ago when the boats started looking for BF. We shoved off with 23 tanglers (which they weren't) and headed South, West of Ensenada. Were were instructed to have dinner and get some rest cause it was a night bite. Went to bed and was awakened at 10:30, time to fish. We started putting fish on the deck immediately on the first stop. Mixed size 15-70# with the avg being in the 20-30# class. Knife jigging was the name of the game. I got my first fish at midnight one a 200g Zebra SK jig. I was using a 400g Zebra jig most of the time but I ended up going back to a smaller 200g squid color knife jig after seeing the majority of the fish being caught on the squid color and Katty Perry and smaller size jigs. After 3 more hours of grinding I was rewarded with the last fish of the evening, a 40# model, which put us at passenger limits...the night bight was over.
We spent the next day looking for YT on kelps. Found plenty of kelps but we only ended up with 10, 5-8# YT for the trip, I got 2. I should have used this time to sleep. Renee said that he was looking for larger model BF and it was a time of day bite. Around 4 we started metering schools, he found a school that wanted to party, and on the slide I came tight on a 25# test, on a 40# model. We ended up with 4 more fish putting close to crew limits. I kept 2 BF and gave the other to some who didn't catch any. The other anglers were above average and we had minimal tangles and everyone played well together.
The Shogun is a nice wide boat with plenty of room everywhere, the deck, staterooms and galley. The crew was on every person hooked up and very friendly. Food was great and plentiful. I would highly recommend the boat and would go on it again.
Public service announcement: I read on another fishing source from another boat Captain that a passenger got a very large 7/0 hook buried in his finger. He was advised against trying to remove the jig himself before the crew had a chance to spike the fish, He became impatient wanted to get back in the water, didn't listen to the crew advise, chose to remove the jig himself, and paid the price. They pushed the hook through, hack off the barbed end and backed the hook out. OOOOF
Go get out and get some!