Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Matthew Bennett, Sep 6, 2017.
Hot Damn!!! Nice work man and good on you for handing off some Big BFT's!!!!
Phenomenal fish. Way to go. Handing fish off to boot. That's totally cool.
Outta hand! Congrats on a fish of a lifetime.
I get this weird feeling that most of the people in this chat have experienced that ahhaa
Congrats! Great catch and a great boat. How many where on the boat? The rail looks empty. Thx
um i think it was either 24 or 26. Id say at least 16 of them had no idea what they were doing
It felt good to give someone their first BFT none the less a cow
Good work Matt. You guys deserve it and it's too bad I missed out on the opportunity. Unfortunately work calls.
That's freakin rad!
Congratulations Matthew and Dad.
You land a toad on a boat with less than 50% experienced anglers and hand off the fresh ones. Very Niiiiice.
My pride would have kept me from taking a handoff.
Well . . . maybe until 3:00pm
Nice Work!!! 8 fish hooked, Awesome!!!
Not sure why the picture in your underpants was needed, but to each his own I guess
Mother fucker. Way to kill it!!!
Nothing better then fishing with your dad. I loved the whole report.
Awesome fishing. Thanks for the report.
Wow I just seen this report and I must say I am a very proud dad. Not only because Matt finally caught his first tuna over 100 lbs, but to watch him today as an experienced angler from when he started fishing long range with me at the age of 10. He has gained knowledge and most importantly respect for our privilege to fish this awesome resource and for fellow anglers. Once Matt and I had our limits, he also realized the incredible value of helping those less fortunate to land a fish of a lifetime by hooking and handing. It truly was an epic day.
What worked: Of course timing is everything and we know this well, by pulling the Yummy for countless hours over our last 5 trips for nothing; I call it paying our dues. If you fish the 43, you need to be on the pick!!! I did not see one drifting private boat hooking up. The fish stayed away from the boats and if your drifting with the current, your bait is probably not far away. We primarily used our Accurate BX 600 Narrows with 65 lb J-braid and 5' of 60lb Fluor Top shot, tied to a 3/0 Mustad Deamon circle hook. Every bait was butt hooked and the largest deans we could pick. Picking the right bait was key!!!
The crew was always saying change your baits; don't long soak. I have been fishing all my life and I know if there is one time you want to soak your bait, it's fishing BFT. The fish were blowing up 150 Yards+ behind the boat, that is where our baits were. If our baits didn't swim like Michael Phellps, he was cut from the team.
Or next best set-ups were our Accurate BX 2 500. Same braid but with a 50 lb. fluro Top shot and 2/0 Mustad Demon circle. Same bait same place, you get the idea? I got to say this, the J-Braid is the shit, I have been using it for a while now and prefer this over Izor and power pro, just my preference. Last thing I noticed of the guys not getting bit. 1) they had very little talent or 2) they had spectra, 100 yards of mono, then a 50lb Fluor Top shot. "For what ever reason, they were not getting bit" I personally think it was the excessive drag on the set-up and these fish wanted lively baits, just my 2 cents.
Best of luck, now go slay some giants.
Slayed 'em! What a great day to have your Dad to share with you! Congratulations on your PB and thank you for the post
Awesome job guys! Not to be argumentative, however, we just landed our personal best Monday on the 43. It was 127 pounds on the DRIFT with an 8 oz sinker down about 80 feet to our marks. First a dorado after 30 minutes. Then 5 minutes later, Pow BFT! It can be done without being on the hook! I hate anchoring. FYI, Penn Fathon 40N 80 braid, 80 fluor.
Also, great father son day. Taking my Pops out soon!
Congrats on an awesome day.
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