Offshore 9/11 Charter Report: Tough fishing

TlTfishing

Fishing in someone's chumline is theft
Oct 6, 2018
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Trevor Maziek
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none
Hey Guys,

Went out and chartered the Jig Strike for an overnight last weekend. 2nd time chartering this boat, had a great experience last year. Since the fishing hadn't been incredible anywhere this week, Pat the skipper gave us 4 options: 1. Look for Bluefin off of North County/Dana Point 2. Go out to Clemente and fish for bass and yellowtail 3. Look for yellowfin locally 4. go down south and look for kelp paddies and tuna. Our group chose option 4, the Old Glory had limits of Dorado last Friday so we were hoping for a nice score but didn't have high expectations. After a bumpy ride out, we ended up around Hidden Bank and the Upper 500 and got on a school of yellowfin and then a paddy as soon as the sun came up but nothing biting. Then drove around for a few hours looking, none of the open party boats fishing near us had any good numbers, I think the high number may have been 8 Dorado for 36 passengers. Conditions were really tough with a high swell and winds up around 15-17 kts. Lots of guys, even pretty experienced anglers got seasick or at least felt nauseous. Pat then came on and said some of the boats had decent yellowfin numbers up around the 425/tuna pens and we were going to work our way up there. Along the way, we found an area holding a lot of kelp paddies and hooked a few dorado and caught one. Most of the paddies either had not much fish under them or they weren't biting. Then got on one spot of tuna on the way home but no bites once again.
We fished really hard through tough conditions but still had a great time. The Jig Strike is a great boat if you are looking to charter for a group with like 10-20 people. Only complaint about the boat is it is one of the slower boats in the fleet and could use a repower. But Pat in the wheelhouse, Cleveland in the galley, and Jacob on deck all did a fantastic job and tried their best to put us on fish!
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Predatormonster

PredatorMonster
May 18, 2013
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Cali
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Dan Monster
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Predatormonster
It can be a desert out there sometimes . Hopefully it is temporary . With all the bait around , it has to be something wrong with the water . Thanks for sharing.
 
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Water was 72 degrees so a little bit colder than years past but still well within yellowfin temperature range, hopefully they open their mouths soon
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Tunahead

Long Time Tuna Abused Member
  • Aug 11, 2006
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    Costa Mesa
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    Ron
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    several
    Way to fish hard and give it a go!
    Been a lot of empty paddies lately, and
    non-biting tuna jugged with saurie, etc too.
    Glad you made the most of it.
     
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    Yeah definitely, hopefully it gets going here sooner rather than later or I might have to pull out my rockfishing gear 😆
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