Offshore 7/11/21 Sent it solo and scored a trophy Bluefin!


Almost A Member
Jun 16, 2009
Bay Park Off 5
Solo fishing is ok if your boat is “a1 shipshape“ AND you are mentally and
physically ready to do it all by yourself. That said , it is long grind.
congrats on your catch
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Aug 17, 2020
San Diego
La Tortuga
Here’s the full story. Was working all last week and was dying seeing all the big bluefin being caught. The plan all week was to fish Sunday, 7/11 on my 21 foot Grady White. Saturday night comes and I reconfirm with my fishing buddy of our departure. He has a new girlfriend that runs his life so I was happy to hear that he could go.

I had a prior commitment Sunday morning, a coffee date w/ a girl I’m dating haha. Went well but I didn’t hear a word she said because I was just thinking about breezers and blow ups. I got out of the coffee shop and beeline it to my house where my buddy was supposed to be getting the boat ready to go. I get home and garage is closed, no rods out or anything. I was pissed. Called him and he gave me some bs excuse that later he apologized and told me his girl was right next to him. What a doormat!

So the time was 11am and I had a choice. After some thought I decided to go. Took me a while to get everything ready and I launch it by myself and push off the dock at 12:30. I’ve heard it’s been a late bite so time wasn’t as big of a concern.

I know the dangers of fishing solo, and I tried to be as safe as possible. Wore my PFD all day, attached the kill switch to my jacket. Stayed off the bow so I wouldn’t fall in. I also had 3 buddies in the zone that I was talking with on the radio.

So I send it out of Huntington, straight for the mackerel bank. I start seeing fish about a few miles inside, and then proper it was pretty amazing the amount of fish. Few foam spots, breezers, and streaky marks of ones and twos. Threw everything at em, even the kite( which solo is a shitshow) but couldn’t connect. It was 4:00pm at this time and had a feeling it wasn’t going to happen in this zone so made the last second decision to shoot over to the 289 area, which was my desired destination. Got there at 4:30, and I set an alarm on my phone a drop dead 6pm departure time because I did not want to travel back in the dark. Moved a round a bit then found some life and started marking.

Start skipping around with the kite and around 5:25 run over the mother of all schools. It wasn’t a good school, I’ve seen those plenty of those. It was a banger school, 50ft-250ft and marked it while I was moving for a good 3-4 minutes. Right when my lure was in the zone I was waiting for the bite. Half of me didn’t want to hook one because I knew they were jumbos and solo would be crazy stressful. I’m talking with my buddy on the radio and I start to hear my 50wide sing!! Game on and by the looks of it it’s a real one. I keep it in the rod holder and wide to come tight and keep winding. I fight it for a few minutes, the start to clear the deck. Another few minutes and I get the gaffs. I’m pulling hard on this thing, and get it to color in a little under 20 minutes. I see how big it is and I’m pretty nervous, knowing being solo he could easily pull me in. I choose my shot carefully til I get him broadside, quickly throw my rod in the holder, grad the liter and stick him in the dome. Grab another gaff and get him in the gills. he’s gaffed but not mine yet. He’s big.

I put each gaff in one hand, grab my tuna spike, and put him to sleep. Did NOT want to bring him in hot on the boat. Takes about 5 minutes for me to figure out how to get him in the boat but I do. Pure stoke. 21footer, 50 miles offshore, big ass bluefin

stoked! I caught a nice 120lber the other day and this one was much bigger. I’d guess 160ish. Solo baby!! Was a fun and stressful experience, glad I did it but will not be going solo again hopefully.
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Fear No Fish
  • Apr 22, 2013
    Huntington Beach
    2008 Trophy 1802 "Mako My Day"
    Awesome. Your buddy will never live it down.

    One time, at band camp, my "friend" did the same thing to me. I launched solo, caught a 27 pound halibut and never asked the guy to fish again
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    Reel hip

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  • Feb 19, 2008
    San Diego
    25ft Skipjack fly
    Fishing solo is one thing!
    Pulling that beast over solo is impressive!

    Good thing it wasn't a few pounds bigger or you would have had to put a radio call out to help before the tax man would have taken its cut!

    Great read! Damn.....
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    I'll fish next to you while you get bit
    Aug 13, 2015
    Randy Champion
    Tyrant Flycatcher
    Just wow! Way to go. You got some stones on you for sure!
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    I've posted enough I should know better...
    Jul 26, 2007
    Northridge, CA
    Donald W. Clarke III
    11+ ft, Ocean Kayak Scrambler, P 'N' Queue Pod
    Amazing story and total rad accomplishment. Can't even imagine what it was like dragging it into the boat. I'd be like, "One, two, three, uuuungh. Ok, one, two, three,!"

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
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    Share the stoke!
  • Sep 7, 2017
    Surf City Ca.
    Huntington Hillbilly
    Chaparral 224 Fisherman
    Nice work skipper that’s fucking gnarly 50 miles out solo, I’m semi retired and can go on a whim hit me up .....HB’s Finest🤙

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    Apr 28, 2019
    San Diego
    Your friend must have a piece of work for a gf. I mean p***y is p***y but goddamn! He should of never let you go out alone. Id say most of our ladies don’t like us fishing every weekend and buying $1000 setups but we are going to do it regardless. They learn to respect it.
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