I wasn't going to post because of the volume of recent reports, but we did pretty well and hopefully this helps someone out. Got 12 good grade yellowfin in the 226/302 area.
- THEY WANT SMALL BAITS!!! I hooked 7 yft by choosing particularly small sardines. When I chose bigger sardines, they wouldn't touch them. Also, really small, thin hooks. Size 4 light wire, same hooks I use to flyline nightcrawlers for trout. 3 fish came on a 60g colt sniper that was about the same size as our smallest sardines and one fish ate a 4" black and purple tuna clone on the troll. If we hadn't been intentional about fishing smaller baits, we might have come home with nothing.
- Fish are spread out over a huge area. We found our own school on the edge of the fleet and had them blowing up around the boat for an hour so don't be afraid to get away from the volume of boats.
- Troll until you find meter marks and start chumming. Guys are running around chasing boats and birds but the water is so dirty that the birds can't find the fish and running up on other boats just pushes someone else's fish down. The fish wouldn't bite trolling rigs well, but trolling forces you to slow down to a speed that doesn't push down the fish and that should allow your sonar to function effectively.
- Also got 2 fish on reverse dropper loops with a 5 oz weight when we saw sonar marks but were low on bait and didn't want to chum. If you can't get the fish to come up, put your bait in front of them.