8/2 Spooled on the 267

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  1. OnoEric

    OnoEric Well-Known "Member"

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    Well, my dad and I brought a knife to a gunfight and I'm super bummed about it. Decent bait of mostly horse sardines and Spanish macs with a few mini greenbacks thrown in and no crowds at Dana Point this morning. The plan was to get out 10-15 miles and find our own paddy. So we took a line a bit towards the inside of all the high spots. Rolled up on our first paddy a few miles inside and below the fleet working the 267. First baits we drop in get inhaled instantly by freight trains that headed straight down.

    As both of us are watching the line peel off our reels, I'm thinking to myself why the hell did I throw a bait out on 20lb? We had no chance. It was fun while it lasted.

    Unfortunately, the rest of that school followed our fish into the abyss. We worked that paddy for 2 more hours, but nothing more came of it. At some point, the Outer Limits showed up, set up shop upswell and brought with it the mosquito fleet. So we spent the rest of the day hopping from dry paddy to dry paddy almost all the way to the 209. Lots of kelps in the area. We just couldn't find another one with fish under it. Finally called it at 3pm, stuck our tail between our legs, and headed home.

    I've always been someone who says get bit first, then worry about fighting the fish. Usually that's not a problem. I've caught plenty of 35-40lb tuna on 20lb string. Today might be the day that changes my fishing philosophy. Obviously I've been ignoring the fact that there are lots of big fish around this year. Lesson learned the hard way.
     
  2. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Yep on 20lb right now....You flag the train....you ride it! LOL Better luck next trip!
     
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  3. gunnyslinger

    gunnyslinger I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've had absolutely zero reason to throw anything out under #30.
    Haven't had a problem getting bit on 30/40/50 the last couple months.
    Haha I wouldn't think of getting my ass kicked on #20 with the better grade 50-70lb fish that have been everywhere.
     
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  4. OnoEric

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    Old habits die hard with me, I guess. Of course I spent the rest of the day fishing 30, but never got bit again. That does not help my mentality. LOL
     
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    The outer limits had a banner day, 1 yt and 3 doritos, hate when the big boats push you off the paddy
     
  6. mark johnsen

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    Headed out tomorrow. Hoping for my first tuna! Been fishing the pacific since 1975...second time targeting tuna. Thanks for the advice onoeric! Will take it to heart. Thank you too Gunny... If you are at the launch tomorrow @ Dana @ sunrise and see three guys in an aluminum with an older gent with a long grey beard say hey! I'm not the long beard...that's captain Don. Good luck! Tight lines and God bless, Mark
     
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  7. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Fishing 20# out there and got spooled? That's called natural consequences!
     
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  8. EmWhyR0hEn

    EmWhyR0hEn Newbie

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    Bummer. Cool experience though.

    I've been getting bit with 40lb flouro consistently. On slower days or line shy patty dorado i'll drop down to 30lb or even 25 with 30 leader. I understand you have to get bit first to land a fish but off shore fishing right now I wouldnt be messing with 20 lb, or at least the first thing I throw out.
     
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  9. OnoEric

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    Yeah, I looked up their counts fully preparing to be kicking myself in the head thinking they probably had limits off of my paddy. Their counts gave me a good chuckle at least.
     
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    Mola
     
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  11. OnoEric

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    If we had a double on molas, I'd be even more super bummed. I read somewhere they taste like lobster. :rofl:
     
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    Will be out tomorrow....hopefully no zoo
     
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    Hey I'm not here to pile on !! I have lost my share. Start mid range like 30-40 then adjust!! Just sayin!!!!!
     
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  14. geno machino

    geno machino "Relax" - Everything is going to be just fine!

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    Hell, I get nervous when I throw out 40#. I don't know what you were thinking? Anyways, great story.
     
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    Hey don't feel bad. I nearly got spooled on 30# twice In less than 10 mins a couple of weeks back outside Dana. Both broke off. Switched to 40# and we landed this 66lb BFT. Took over 1 hour to get it in on 40lb. Ended up with a 3 BFT all on 40#. A 30lb, 40lb and 66lb for the day. Makes me wonder how big the other 2 were. There are enough fish that aren't line shy out there. Using flouro leader on all rigs - 40lb and up. Haven't touched my 20# setups all year. Usually fish them almost exclusively.

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  16. strackle99

    strackle99 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You can't go slumming with 20 this year.

    I figure my first bait in is usually 40#
     
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    This pic is awesome!!! The facial expressions tell the story of the ages.

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    1st son - "Well..ok"

    Little guy - "Ain't happening!!!"


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  18. OnoEric

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    Thanks guys. I learned my lesson the hard way, especially since that was our only shot at them. When you bring 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 80 lb rigs, you always throw out the lightest one, right? Maybe that puts me in the running for the Dumbass of the Year award. LOL

    Things were pretty much dead by 9:00am yesterday, at least where we were. Paddies were everywhere between the 267 and 209. Most all had micro bait under them, but none holding, or at least not holding anything that wanted to bite.
     
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    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good effort guys, fun to catch Tuna on light line, but when the big boys eat it, goodbye!
     
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    Shark Meat Diehard/Determined CAPT

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    Bummer Eric! Great story of the one that got away. Take care, Mike
     

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