Offshore 8/8 frustration followed by pure joy

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Tony Gio

Newbie
Jul 14, 2014
53
26
Carlsbad
Name
Tony Gio
Boat
Parker 2320
Left Oside at 5AM with a mixed bag of dines and pinhead chovies. Made the direct shot to the 181 and found more tuna than we have ever seen. Boils all around the boat, however, could not get any of them to go. Tried bait, weights, irons, trolling, everything. Chased a few other schools of what seemed like extremely aggressive fish with no luck. Ended up with one dodo in the morning, but no Tuna. At one point there were 10-12 boats in a quarter mile area with boiling tuna everywhere and not one bent rod. Decided to leave the area in search of better luck. Started making our way towards the 209 and came up on some birds and crashing tuna about halfway between the 181 and 209. Almost didn't stop based on the prior events but decided to give it a go. First bait that hit the water was instantly hit, next 45 minutes was completely wide open with good class fish. Unfortunately, had some live well issues on the way over so most of the bait was dead. Last fish was on a floating dead chovie 10' off the back. Tried irons and trolling when we ran out of bait but couldn't make it happen. So, did the right thing and punched out some numbers, then left them wide open. They're out there, just have to find the right school.

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Tony Gio

Newbie
Jul 14, 2014
53
26
Carlsbad
Name
Tony Gio
Boat
Parker 2320
oniedab,
Thanks, the camera man was working the wash down and taking pictures. Took a lot of water to get the blood off.
 
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Dzapata9959

Newbie
May 24, 2013
12
10
Valley center ca us
Name
Dan Zapata
Boat
Every last cent
Save the dead bait. I use a meat grinder, mince that stuff up, use chunk bait of sardine game on. Last week the tuna where on very small bait. By tossing in the minced stuff it brought the small bait in our chum line. Works every time. Great in the kelp to start a chum line. Usually turns into an aquarium behind the boat.
Z
 
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Tunahead

Long Time Tuna Abused Member
Aug 11, 2006
8,723
2,724
Costa Mesa
Name
Ron
Boat
several
Way to stick it out! Over 50+ years tuna fishing, I've seen 3 schools
in a row give us the high hat, the 4th bites the rudders off the boat! LOL
Good to keep hunting those birds for damn sure! Glad you scored in the end!
 
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