Offshore 302 Birds, bait, and pattys!

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ANGLING ALLEN

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  • Apr 14, 2006
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    Headed out of Shelter Island about 8:30am on Friday 6/11. Loaded up the 24 ft center console, got half scoop of pretty healthy sardines (5-7"), and headed out. Weather wasn't as bad as I thought, although the swells (4-7') were a constant reminder that this isn't lake fishing. Low 70's outside, mostly clean water once reaching the 9 mile bank. Our sonar wasn't working, so no water Temps or sonar marks on fish. Thank heaven for gps!
    Anyway, very fishy from the 9 to the 302. Terns, saw boilers, breakers, and hit at least 50 patty's! Most were very healthy looking patty's. Found fish on only four Patty's. Boated six fish, no tuna. Three yellowtail to 22 pounds, three bonita to about 10 pounds. One bonita straightened my hook! Using an Owner Mutu light circle hook on 20 pound test. Didn't see that coming! Saw two classes of tuna, the 20-30 class, and the 40-50 class. Big swells out there and pretty close, although the wind cooperated and stayed around 8 to 11. Find the birds! Fish seemed everywhere and nowhere. Boilers under birds all over, but nothing stuck around for any length of time. Big bonita around mixed with small packs of tuna, identified as they broke the surface. Tried trolling the area for nada, used Rapala, feathers, and cedar plug. Got the fish all on the four Patty's, only one patty provided more than one fish. Boated 3 yellowtail at 7, 18, and 22 pounds, all on sardines. They were all quick bites, long drifts got nothing. Tried fly lining, sinker rig, and colt snipers. One bonita on colt sniper, all other fish on sardines. Need to be in the right place at the right time, guess that's why they call it "fishing". One big Mola followed us for awhile too, only saw one small pod of dolphin.
    They're out there, they wanna go, maybe next time. Tight lines!

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    SeaShed
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    Looks like a great day on the water to me!!! Thanks for the fish too!!!
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    Jeff Hannah
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    I had the exact same experience yesterday glad you posted it in detail... big bonito for poke and the smoker small yellows up to 12 lbs for sushi and poke too ... we did it in a 22 center console it was rough yesterday!
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    Reel hip

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    Feb 19, 2008
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    Thats a nice detailed report! Good job on the pics too!
     
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    ol' salt

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    Looks like a great day on a Key West 24‘….Freedom Boat Club, long time member, disappointing Sonar and fish finder where not working, hope they bring it up to our usual standard.
    There are always problems with the club boats sonar. Imo the transducers are to close to the prop and pretty sure that's the issue after all my years of boat ownership. If you voice your opinion their answer is well this is a boat club not a fishing boat club.
     
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    ol' salt

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    I saw you heading out and thought about hitting you up on the radio to buddy boat as our electronics were shot by the time we hit pt loma so we decided to stay inshore. I'm glad you found a few biters.
     
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    tunakillerjoe1

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    Joseph Gratteau
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    Freedom has some issues, the radios are not connected for NMEA so every 10 minutes they alarm, EVERY 10 minutes!!! So good luck if you have to DSC transmit in an emergency. WHY? We have had problems with other items, getting towed in after a fuel issue, the vents are never able to fuel correctly, they only keep them 2/3 full anyway! Agree, they may be good for inshore, if you do not want to go offshore, go south of the 425, or go early, come in late, or lobster fish, or do not mind being nagged by the radio every 10 minutes, or..
     
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    Fishybuzz

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    I hate to be that guy but its a bonito...
    Bonito that are bled and iced make the BEST poke.......and pound for pound pull harder than yellows IMO
     
    Cole418
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    Agree 100% about tasting great (when cared for) and lb for lb being among the strongest fish around. Those 10lb bonies fight way harder than 10lb yellowtail. We've been catching a lot of both lately
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    tylas

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    What all legally do you need to fish this area on a private boat ? Just a Mexican license ??? I’m sure it’s posted but from what I’ve read seems confusing. Thanks in advance fellas
     
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