Offshore AA 2-day 6/10-6/12

shogan

Hawk Eyes
May 15, 2006
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Sean Hogan
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Kayak
Like bdubs73, I jumped at the chance to try out the AA on their 2nd of 2 last minute 2-day trips. Well run boat, but was a little crowded with 30 anglers, but we managed 31 quality tuna with a lot of hard work. I saw one fish at the dock around 45# & one at 50#, but the others all ranged from 80# up. A lot of 95-105#. JP was 175’ish, secdond JP around 165. It’s tough now fishing all day and all night. Fishing started out slow. I think we had one on the boat before dark on day 1 (but 4 were lost). We started picking them off at night, mostly on knife jigs (250-300 grams). I finally hooked one on the bow middle of the night, but like was crossing another hooked fish, so deckhand had to grab it from me while the fish was on it's first run. Fish was off when he handed the rod back. Bad timing. We had a few stops with 2 or 3 hookups, but often only 1 landed. I think we had 11’ish fish on by morning.

Daytime fishing on day 2 was a slow pick. Some fish were caught on colt-snipers (esp. Katy Perry, and a few on the Katy Perry colored standard flat fall), but most of the daytime fish were on new or traditional sinker rigs. A lot of us tried fly lining. Great large dines, but no one hooked anything on the fly line. I eventually decided to try the new sinker rig. Tied 60# mainline directly onto hook (1/0 ringed Owner). I tied 8# line to ring, with 8 oz sinker. I forgot and had a regular nose hooked bait. It was early evening on day 2 when three of us who had all been skunked, were all fishing the new drop shot sinker rig all got bit at the same time. We landed all 3. The other two had heavier line to weights and they both hooked bait from bottom up. Mine weighed just over 100lbs & I have to say it kicked my but even though I thought I was well set up with a Diana Satliga LD40 2SPD and a Phenix HAZ 720 X2H 7’2” rail rod.

A few more fish were caught on jigs in the dark before we had to head back around 1:00 am. Skipper said there are massive schools of fish. We were about 12 miles outside of Ensenada with the entire fleet.

Overall, a lot of work but was worth it given the quality of the fish.

Captain crew, and cooks were great. Very nice, positive, & helpful team. Bonus was an AA 100 lb crew T-shirt, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the perfectly cooked 10-oz filet mignon for dinner last night.

Sorry for the big pic.

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shogan

Hawk Eyes
May 15, 2006
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Scripps Ranch
Name
Sean Hogan
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Kayak
Is anyone long soaking the flyline baits? Like 200+ yards? All these fish seem down deep, but when I flyline a bait long, I often get bites too.
Fly line is my preferred way to fish. Many of us tried long soaks both days, especially first and last stops of the day. No luck.
 
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bdubs73

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Nice fish, congratulations! Very similar to our trip. I fished the fly line hard with long soaks and they just weren't interested. I think we ended up with 63 fish, mostly 40-75lbs. I am definitely liking the new sinker rig set up.
 
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bradnoble

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Brad
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Like bdubs73, I jumped at the chance to try out the AA on their 2nd of 2 last minute 2-day trips. Well run boat, but was a little crowded with 30 anglers, but we managed 31 quality tuna with a lot of hard work. I saw one fish at the dock around 45# & one at 50#, but the others all ranged from 80# up. A lot of 95-105#. JP was 175’ish, secdond JP around 165. It’s tough now fishing all day and all night. Fishing started out slow. I think we had one on the boat before dark on day 1 (but 4 were lost). We started picking them off at night, mostly on knife jigs (250-300 grams). I finally hooked one on the bow middle of the night, but like was crossing another hooked fish, so deckhand had to grab it from me while the fish was on it's first run. Fish was off when he handed the rod back. Bad timing. We had a few stops with 2 or 3 hookups, but often only 1 landed. I think we had 11’ish fish on by morning.

Daytime fishing on day 2 was a slow pick. Some fish were caught on colt-snipers (esp. Katy Perry, and a few on the Katy Perry colored standard flat fall), but most of the daytime fish were on new or traditional sinker rigs. A lot of us tried fly lining. Great large dines, but no one hooked anything on the fly line. I eventually decided to try the new sinker rig. Tied 60# mainline directly onto hook (1/0 ringed Owner). I tied 8# line to ring, with 8 oz sinker. I forgot and had a regular nose hooked bait. It was early evening on day 2 when three of us who had all been skunked, were all fishing the new drop shot sinker rig all got bit at the same time. We landed all 3. The other two had heavier line to weights and they both hooked bait from bottom up. Mine weighed just over 100lbs & I have to say it kicked my but even though I thought I was well set up with a Diana Satliga LD40 2SPD and a Phenix HAZ 720 X2H 7’2” rail rod.

A few more fish were caught on jigs in the dark before we had to head back around 1:00 am. Skipper said there are massive schools of fish. We were about 12 miles outside of Ensenada with the entire fleet.

Overall, a lot of work but was worth it given the quality of the fish.

Captain crew, and cooks were great. Very nice, positive, & helpful team. Bonus was an AA 100 lb crew T-shirt, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the perfectly cooked 10-oz filet mignon for dinner last night.

Sorry for the big pic.

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what line size seemed to work best (sinker to hook)? You used 8# correct? I was considering 15#, skipper that described the rig to me said 25#. Also, were both lines tied to the ring, ore one to the hook eye? thanks, im going in a week......:imdumb:
 
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PescadorPete

Here, Fishy, Fishy!
Nov 4, 2007
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Leucadia, CA
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Pete
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Hobie Revo13 (LJ), American Angler (SD), Success (PV)
Thanks for the great fish report and nice write up!

I also lucked out and saw the trip pop up on the Pt Loma sportfishing web site. I quickly hit the buy button and before you know it, it was all sold out. 30 passengers which I though might be a bit crowded but it turned out okay. Everyone worked together. There was little or no current so lots of tangles but we worked through them.

I saw fish caught on both the tradition sinker rig and the new setup. Seemed about 50:50. I tried both and with bottom up and nose hooked bait but didn't get bit. There was no current so smaller sinkers worked, and were easier to reel up. Fish were also caught on lots of different jigs. Looked like the most successful were the long narrow knife jigs, silvery colored with florescent barber pole stripes.

It's tough fishing since its 24/7. Winding up heavy bait rigs and jigs again and again.
Always a toss up on taking a nap versus missing the big bite. I power napped about 2 hours each day.

I saw some guys getting spooled when they hooked up on small reels. These are big fish.

I got in a really bad spectra hair ball tangle. The crew couldn't undo it and had to cut it out. They apologized and offered to refiill the reel but I said not to worry. Lets get back in the game. I quickly tied on a short piece of 80# floro and my jig, 300 gram SK, orange barber pole. First drop and BANG! I'm on. Landed a nice 90#.

The AA crew is awesome. Ray was running the boat and Brad was running the deck. The deckhands were always there when you needed them. Tom in the galley. A great operation!


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PescadorPete

Here, Fishy, Fishy!
Nov 4, 2007
297
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Leucadia, CA
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Pete
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Hobie Revo13 (LJ), American Angler (SD), Success (PV)
No kite for us. Saw a couple of private boats with balloons but didn't notice any hits. There wasn't much wind.
I only saw the fish on the surface a small handful of times. Sounded quickly. Didn't want the flylined bait.
They mostly were hanging out deep, 250-350' seemed like a popular depth.
 
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MAG0121

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Good times fishing with this group over the weekend! Just to add a couple of things: I landed the first fish on day one fishing the new drop shot style sinker rig on 100lb Jinkai mono to 80lb fluoro, a 2/0 mutu ringed circle hook and a 6oz glow torpedo sinker... on the slide. It's nice to drop this rig back and under the fly-lined slide baits and grab the school as it comes under the boat to chase the chum.

Second fish was later that night on a 250gr silver glow stripe SK jig. My group caught its nighttime fish on 200, 250, and 300gr SKs, the red spotted 250gr Jigpara knife jigs (kind of like the red Rip Rollers) and the 320gr silver glow stripe Nomad Streaker. All the fish were 90-110lbs.

AA fishermen, crew, and captains were top notch. Great fishing, but exhausting.
 
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shogan

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May 15, 2006
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Sean Hogan
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what line size seemed to work best (sinker to hook)? You used 8# correct? I was considering 15#, skipper that described the rig to me said 25#. Also, were both lines tied to the ring, ore one to the hook eye? thanks, im going in a week......:imdumb:
one of the guys had 25# to the sinker. In both cases, the sinker broke off.
 
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MAG0121

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what line size seemed to work best (sinker to hook)? You used 8# correct? I was considering 15#, skipper that described the rig to me said 25#. Also, were both lines tied to the ring, ore one to the hook eye? thanks, im going in a week......:imdumb:

Fishing two trips last week, my crew caught a total of 8 fish on the sinker rigs fishing 6-12 oz at various times. All were on 25lb from hook to weight. Two weights were lost fighting the fish.
 
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