12/30 O'95 year end bluefin trip

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by neue, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. neue

    neue Captain

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    Mike
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    My son, Max, and I have been trying for bluefin for several years now. Despite our success in locating them many times, even bouncing lures off of them a few times, and having guests on our boat catch them, neither of us have been able to catch one ourselves (plenty of yellowfin, but not the fabled bluefin). We had really high hopes of catching one in 2017, and we paid our dues in time on the water and gas in the boat over the summer (probably not enough time and effort, but we're weekend warriors). When the bluefin started biting on the 60 mile bank in November, my wife and I gave Max an early Christmas present and sent him on a day and a half trip to give it a shot. Unfortunately, he didn't get one then. We saw on Fishdope that the bite has been continuing on the 60 and we decided to make one last effort to get one in 2017 and jumped on the Oceanside 95 leaving Friday night, and fishing Saturday, 12/30. I hadn't been on that boat before, but had read lots of positive things on BD about it. I can say that everything positive that I read was true. Captain Rick was awesome, and made some really good judgment calls that paid off. The crew was helpful and friendly, and the boat is very nice. We had 21 passengers on the trip, everyone was experienced and friendly and it made for a nice day.

    We left on Friday, baited up, and headed for the 60 mile bank. I woke when the anchor dropped about 6am. We fished about 11 hours on the anchor, and the action was slow but steady the whole day. Those fishing light line (15-20lb floro) did the best, with small hooks (size 4). I am stubborn, so I fished 30lb mono with a 1/0 hook to see if it would make a difference. I got less bites, but when I found a good swimming bait, it got bit. All of the fish were about 15-20lbs. However, I hooked one that was substantially larger, and it ripped line off my Lexa 400 and almost spooled me. In a panic I cranked the drag down and gained back about half the line. If I had been thinking clearly, I would have backed the drag off a little, but my arms were giving out after a while, and I ultimately had a line failure in the 65lb spectra backing (really heartbreaking). The good news is that I did manage to hook and land my first bluefin a short while later. My son managed to land 2 bluefin, and since he ate the heart of the first one, he dared me to do the same, and I did. I had already done this ritual a few years back with a yellowfin (which did not taste good), but was surprised that it wasn't too bad. I managed to catch a yellowtail when a paddy drifted close to the boat. The total count for the boat was 34 bluefin, so almost boat limits.
    This was a great way to end the year for us. Happy New Year fellow BD'ers!

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  2. tmines

    tmines Dead Engine :(

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    What a way to end the year, Father & Son slaying blue fin!! Congrats!!
     
  3. chef gabe

    chef gabe Eat the collars!

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    Awesome mike. Glad to see you got on them and a yellowtail on a paddy in December!!!!
    Happy new year!!!:jig:
     
  4. Pgnracr

    Pgnracr Member

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    Great deal. Sounds fun. My brother and his son are on the Chief today hear the boat had limits!! Her from him at rose bowl tomorrow. Excited to go be fun. I leave for Illinois on business Tuesday. Hear it’s -20 there!!! Fuck me. Happy New Year !!! Hope we have half as good fishing next year!!! Cheers!!
     
  5. Mark49

    Mark49 Mark litwiler

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    so awesome to get your first! crazy they are still here biting.
     
  6. BornFisher

    BornFisher Well-Known "Member"

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    Great report--- CONGRATS!! Sorry for the big one that got away!
     
  7. lkatdpelicanfly

    lkatdpelicanfly Lizard Fish Slayer

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    How big were the yellowtail?
     
  8. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Way to GO Mike and MAX looks stoked. Too cool. Happy New Year! LOL
     
  9. Jdouglas

    Jdouglas Member

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  10. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    Awesome! Glad you guys got some!! Thanks for posting a report!
     
  11. robertebaker

    robertebaker BOILERMAKER.

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    Great father/son story. Happy New Year.
     
  12. bdubs73

    bdubs73 Well-Known "Member"

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    Love these stories, way to hang in there and work at it. Congrats on the first bluefin for both of you. You and your son will always have that memory to share!
     
  13. caballo del mar

    caballo del mar Well-Known "Member"

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    Congrats to you and your son:jig:Way to be a good dad. Eating the heart saves dinner money. Could have gone back for seconds.
     
  14. robaire

    robaire Angler

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    Awesome way to end the year...:appl:
    Glad the weather held steady and you were able to share some great memories..
     
  15. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery ScubaArchery

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    Congratulations great way to end a year and a great experience with your son. Can’t wait for my 2 and 5 year old girls to join me!
     
  16. jplee3

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    Thanks for the review and congrats! How was it fishing with 21 in terms of space? I see max load is 34 so also curious, if anyone has gone when it's max load, what its like fishing with that many.
     

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