9/3 Big BFT - YFT Limits and a short boat ride

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  1. Northeastfshman

    Northeastfshman Moderator

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    Been a while since I've had time to post but yesterday was to fun not to.

    Ali is out of town so he asked if I could help out and run Kamal's 32' Steiger for him on Tuesday that he usually captains. I brought Peter along to help on deck.

    The original plan was to make the long run to Clemente to look for the big stuff.

    In the AM I decided to run through the YFT zone before heading to the island to see if we could put a few yellowfin on the boat before getting into the BFT zone by the afternoon.

    We never made it there

    We pushed off the bait dock at 6:30 and pointed the bow WSW. We slowed down before the ridge and started to glass and quickly found our first foamer in 73.5 degree dirty green water. Had the guys ready to throw on little YFT when to my surprise we were greeted with 80-100# BFT. We threw poppers and stick baits to start and didn't get looked at.

    Back up and we found our next foamer which again wouldn't eat anything.

    A few other boats were now in the zone so we took a minute to change out our poppers and stick baits for tiny jigs and moved north away from everyone. We ended up on one of the biggest foamers of 100# BFT I've ever seen with 2 fin whales involved as well. Our boat was in the middle of it with anchovies spraying everywhere and 100# fish hitting the hull. Sure enough Kamal gets bit. We fought that fish for about 30 minutes and had it 100' under the boat when the hooked pulled. Bummer was a big one.


    Back up next Foamer and Peter Gets bit. He pulled on the fish for a while but this thing was a demon. Peter was making zero headway so he passed it off to Kamal and then to me and after about 45 minutes we put a 100# or so BFT In the boat.

    Back up we found another foamer but had some other boats around at this point. We all worked amazingly well together. Not one boat ran over a school. People approached the foamers slowly, there was open dialogue. It was really nice to see.

    We hooked up again and this time had a nice 50# model on the boat.

    It was about 10:30 at this point and everything vaporized. We all agreed to bag Clemente and to go look for some YFT. We started heading SW and got about 1/2 way to our destination when we hit a meter mark in 75.5 degree water about a 1/2 mile short of a few boats drifting. We shut down and chummed. It actually took a few minutes for the fish to get with it. Kamal hooked the first one one a big knife jig and then it just went stupid. They ate everything and anything accept poppers. A really respectable grade of yellowfin. We killed 11 (meant to stop at 10) and then played catch and release for next hour or so.

    At 2 I called out numbers for the YFT right before we left a few boats headed over. Fast ride in and back at the dock around 3.

    Even missed traffic driving back to San Clemente.



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    Video is a Small Foamer and a Whale. BFT seemed to be mixed in with the whales. upload_2019-9-4_13-58-17.png
     

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  2. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Excellent thanks for the info that's a stellar day!!
     
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    were you burning the small jigs in across the top or letting em sink out? nice report
     
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  4. Ddeezee07

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    Wow! What a great day!
     
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  5. One_Leg

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    This report brought a smile to my face too.

    Thanks!!!
     
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  6. Brogan11

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    that'll do....that. will. do.

    thanks for the report!
     
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    Gawdamn that’s epic. Anyone looking for a commercial const superintendent cause I need to move down south badly? I can provide a resumé along with pics of the boat cause let’s be real that’s the most important aspect. Those BFT seem to pass us up here in the Bay Area every year. Except in 2015 that was a epic BFT year outta Monterey.
     
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    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Kman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Are you guys even bothering to troll? It seems with the terrible water clarity the fish can’t even see the lures. We trolled a bunch last week for nothing. It did slow us down to see sonar fish.
     
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  10. karlow

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    Dam!
    Man
    You are going to need a bigger bag!
     
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  11. FINADDICT*

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    Awesome and congrats!!!
    That’s epic!
    Great catch!!
    Was this N or S of us Mexico border?
    Thinking about a run tommorow thank you and again!!! Great video and awesome fish
     
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  12. aguachico

    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Tiny jigs? Very cool story
     
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  13. tunakillerjoe1

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    Great job, right place, right time, right skills! A couple of toad BFT! Nice work!
     
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    Good running with you guys, Brett. I was on the blue cat, some pretty rad fishing yesterday. Stuff was pretty much gone today when we went back to look.
     
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    Outstanding!
     
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    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Wow, that's a productive day for sure!
     
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    Tiny jigs? Do tell.

    I’ve been planning to use the smaller size colt snipers. But use a decent sized hook like. 2/0 - 4/0

    Did that combo seem to work?
     
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    Well done, that's a dream day. Very cool to share the numbers when you limited out
     
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    Awesome day right there!
     
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