Offshore 2 day trip on the Apollo for limits of bluefin.

Findtuna

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We boarded Apollo on this past weekend on a ultra limited (16) 2 day charter. I must mention that Alex (captain) and the crew were plain AWESOME. Alex even went over the fathometer to show me a school of bft and what to look for (priceless). We drifted 10 hrs straight the first day and had 2-4 bft and yft hanging. We were no more than 15 miles from Dana Point the whole time. I had more fishing time on this 2 day trip than my recent 7 day trip to the Ridge.

What worked: Drifting on flyline. Coltsniper, knife jigs, iron, popper were not productive. 70+ water temp. Chasing foamers did not work. No 100+ lbers. No night time fish.

Gear: 25 lb fluoro. At most 30 lb. Thinner Owner circle hooks (1 & 1/0) got bit well imo. I ended up sharing half of my stock. I used Calstar 700ml (custom wrapped by Cosmos in LA 25 yrs ago) and Okuma Cavalla 5ii to catch all my fish (4 bft and 1 yft). Typical fight time was about 30-45 mins on a 25 lb line imo.

Hoping to use the knowledge I learned from Alex to catch bft on my own boat. Tight lines!

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Nice James! Thanks for posting. Glad you were able to join us on the trip!
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marlyn

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    Nice,I was just looking at marine traffic and the san diego boats around cat/clemente and thinking those guys are getting alot of fishing time in,5-6 hours and your fishing!
     
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    tunakillerjoe1

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    Thanks for the report, nice pics! I never get any action shots as I am solo most of the time! Strong work!
     
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