Had a great trip on the Top Gun 80 with Bob driving and Scott as the second. Dixie was in the kitchen and did a wonderful job. Steven was the deckhand and while he was very green, what he lacked in knowledge he more than made up for in attitude and work ethic. I have nothing but positive things to say about the whole operation and had a great time. I sent 10 yellowfin (biggest went 20 lbs on the scale at the dock) to the processor and gave away 20+ more while on the boat to guys who couldn’t get past the skippys. Now the details: Day 1- Limit style fishing for yellowfin and skippys with the rest of the fleet. A few dorado and yellowtail thrown in as well. 20-30 lb test and #2 hook did the trick. Butt-hooked dines generated more yellowfin for me. Day 2- Stayed in the same zone for the morning and had a few good stops. Left around 10 to start making our way to San Clemente to fish the big boys on the third day. Stopped on several kelps or open water schools and got more dorado (biggest went 24 lbs on the dock scale), yellowtail and more skippies and yellowfin. Arrived at the island around 9:00 pm and started trying to make mackerel for bait as I guess the day before they were eating them well. Not much happening on the mackerel front so we went and caught a bunch of flying fish. Catching flying fish was one of the most fun things I have done in a while. We were scooping like crazy and a few were even caught mid air which was cool. A handful of us stayed up all night trying to catch mackerel for the boat which in hindsight was stupid as the fish never sniffed a mackerel but in my case I wanted to give myself every chance possible to catch a trophy. Day 3 – Trophy Hunting. This day was spent looking for the big ones. We were flying the kite/balloon all over the island with fresh flying fish all day. We saw a ton of fish but the boat only ended up with one which weighed in at 198lbs bled at the dock this morning. The guy did a great job and kicked the fishes ass in about 30 min. It was very impressive.My buddy hooked another but as he was making his way up the rail back to the bow about 25 minutes in, someone decided that keeping their bait out was more important and his line got wrapped and the hook pulled. A real bummer but that is fishing. We had a bunch of blow-ups on the flyers but they didn’t stick. Typical "should have been here yesterday" type of days but we gave ourselves a chance and that is all you can do sometimes. I was just happy to have seen such beautiful fish come over the rail. Unfortunately, now all I can think about is getting back out there and getting one myself. Overall it was one hell of a trip and I will definitely be fishing the Top Gun 80 again. I had heard the stories about how salty Bob could be and was worried, but I absolutely loved his comments and attitude. I think if you take things too serious you would have a hard time but if you can see it for what it is, that they are trying to help you catch fish, it makes it comical. One thing that I found funny was that everyone on the boat was so gung-ho to go fish the big ones on the last day but when it came down to it certain people were complaining about how we weren’t catching fish, why wasn’t the captain stopping on that kelp, we should have stayed down south, blah blah blah. A lot of them were the same ones that went to bed at 9:00pm on Day 2 while the rest of us stayed up trying to catch mackerel and flying fish and dropping flatfalls on schools when we would mark them until 5:00 in the morning They were also the ones standing at the bait tank expecting a mackerel to be presented to them. Rant over. I will leave you with some of my favorite Bob Taft quotes from the trip (all have to be read in Bob’s gruff tone of voice): “Some of you guys think you are fishing, but you’re not”- In reference to those whose baits were just swimming next to the boat “You just sawed off your buddy, I’m sure he really appreciates that”- when my uncle sawed off one of my yellowfin. “Swing and a miss”, Padres All-Star team” – when I swung and missed on a yellowfin/skippy “ I’m sure that bait is going to fish a lot better once it’s dried out” – Bob to a guy watching my friend pull on his Bluefin with a couple of fresh squid dangling on his hook. “Looks like your dick once you’re finished” –referring to my uncles flying fish after it got blown up on but didn’t stick. “You’d have better luck trolling that trash can over there” – to a guy trolling a yummy flyer when his turn came up in the rotation while we were fishing for yellowfin down south. "If you're one of those idiots that stayed up all night trying to catch mackerel you might want to go take a nap for a couple of hours" -Bob over the speaker when telling us the bluefin have been coming up later in the day and that it would probably be pretty slow for awhile. I also think it was his way of saying thank you because he was right there with us all night telling us how deep he was marking them.