Offshore And the beat goes on....WOW.

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To no surprise, the bluefin bite has been going off at Tanner bank. I finally decided to give it one more hoorah (*i think). Called up Vu (Svue) and made a last minute decision. Locating
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squid was really tough as we just got voicemails from bait barges. Nacho wanted no part in helping us at the barge at 9pm. Guess it was past his bed time. He was super pissed we even asked if he had squid. Luckily we got some from the Ultra over at Catalina.

Smooth seas all the way to tanner. I got my first hook up at 7 am. 1 ounce glowing slider on 60lb line. And from there we just kept on picking a way. We were just a few shy for limits for the 5 of us. We had plenty by noon and decided to head in early. Took a quick look at cortez for no tuna but some nice goats and whitefish. What an amazing year for me. Bluefin fishing from end of March till now.

Some interesting things I observed….

1.we were chunking and chumming squid, not sure if that would work or not since fish were breezing, but after cleaning the fish, most all had our chum.

2. Drag. Ive never scaled my drags before because i felt that i didnt need to for most fish. With fishing 60, i set drag to 20lbs on a scale. By hand, i would have never set my drag that tight. With that set, i was able to land the fish in only about 20-25 minutes compared to the long 40 plus minute battles. I even pushed past the "strike" and was surprised how the gear would hold up. Needless to say, I'm not so shy about fishing heavy drag now.

3. go with the flow. All hook ups were on the drift. Saw lots of boats just zig zagging around out there. just shut down and drift…

Well….i think thats the last tuna trip for me..but who knows with the year we've had. IMG_2677.JPG IMG_2672.JPG IMG_2681.JPG IMG_2688.JPG IMG_2689.JPG
 
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Pgnracr

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Great report as always!! It has been so sick on these fish. We have been by you a few times in past!! I own the boat "Line Up" We fished Friday. We had Dan with us who had no fish in freezer. We let him keep two. Then we all split a 95# that was plenty for the three of us others to eat fresh a few days. Even give a little away. We released 4 "ON PURPOSE!!!" Several not!! Lol. I want to echo this from your report!!! Us a scale to set the right drag you can rarely guess correct. And with sharks you need to get at these fish. And must on a sport boat get in before crossing. One wierd note: are biggest fish a 118# had a circle hook in other jaw and fight lines down that side!! Additionally had a treble hook in back???? Trip!!
 
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    Excellent! I can't help but suggest that you invest in a vacuum sealer. Seeing all of those great fillets in zip-lock bags made me a little sad. But maybe you give it all away? I cooked up the last of my yellowfin tuna from October of 2014 last weekend, it had been misplaced in the chest freezer and overlooked in the rotation, but it was absolutely perfect and delicious. Vacuum sealing is the way to go!
     
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    After pulling on the big ones you do have a tendency to say that's it for the year. That's what I say every time!

    Side note I'm going Sunday. haha (Weather permitting)
     
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    Azarkon

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    Careful taking sheepshead on the banks, no matter what it says on your depthfinder, if you're outside of the NOAA 60 fathom waypoints you're "deeper" than 360'

    Not an issue here, since you can only fish 20 at the banks, and I don't think they've ever published their 20 way marks for the banks. I had the same issue a while ago but found out that the laws were written such that as long as you're off shore, you can basically just use the depth limit rule.
     
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    captainsdc

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    Excellent! I can't help but suggest that you invest in a vacuum sealer. Seeing all of those great fillets in zip-lock bags made me a little sad. But maybe you give it all away? I cooked up the last of my yellowfin tuna from October of 2014 last weekend, it had been misplaced in the chest freezer and overlooked in the rotation, but it was absolutely perfect and delicious. Vacuum sealing is the way to go!
    Yep, I too just ate a bag of yft that said 2014 from way down in the bottom of my chest. My vacuum sealer is a lifesaver.


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    fish impaler

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    Not an issue here, since you can only fish 20 at the banks, and I don't think they've ever published their 20 way marks for the banks. I had the same issue a while ago but found out that the laws were written such that as long as you're off shore, you can basically just use the depth limit rule.
    My bad. Yeah there are no depth pts for 20 and shallower.
     
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    toadstoadsonly

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    Great job out there It was a hell of a run you had this year. But I have a spidy feeling there will be more reports before the season ends. Or.... Maybe just maybe the season will not end and roll into 2017.

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    jim isbell

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    To no surprise, the bluefin bite has been going off at Tanner bank. I finally decided to give it one more hoorah (*i think). Called up Vu (Svue) and made a last minute decision. Locating View attachment 803129 View attachment 803130 View attachment 803131 View attachment 803132 View attachment 803133 View attachment 803134 View attachment 803135 View attachment 803136 View attachment 803137 View attachment 803138 View attachment 803129 View attachment 803130 View attachment 803131 View attachment 803132 View attachment 803133 View attachment 803134 View attachment 803135 View attachment 803136 View attachment 803137 View attachment 803138 View attachment 803139 View attachment 803140 squid was really tough as we just got voicemails from bait barges. Nacho wanted no part in helping us at the barge at 9pm. Guess it was past his bed time. He was super pissed we even asked if he had squid. Luckily we got some from the Ultra over at Catalina.

    Smooth seas all the way to tanner. I got my first hook up at 7 am. 1 ounce glowing slider on 60lb line. And from there we just kept on picking a way. We were just a few shy for limits for the 5 of us. We had plenty by noon and decided to head in early. Took a quick look at cortez for no tuna but some nice goats and whitefish. What an amazing year for me. Bluefin fishing from end of March till now.

    Some interesting things I observed….

    1.we were chunking and chumming squid, not sure if that would work or not since fish were breezing, but after cleaning the fish, most all had our chum.

    2. Drag. Ive never scaled my drags before because i felt that i didnt need to for most fish. With fishing 60, i set drag to 20lbs on a scale. By hand, i would have never set my drag that tight. With that set, i was able to land the fish in only about 20-25 minutes compared to the long 40 plus minute battles. I even pushed past the "strike" and was surprised how the gear would hold up. Needless to say, I'm not so shy about fishing heavy drag now.

    3. go with the flow. All hook ups were on the drift. Saw lots of boats just zig zagging around out there. just shut down and drift…

    Well….i think thats the last tuna trip for me..but who knows with the year we've had. View attachment 803141 View attachment 803142 View attachment 803143 View attachment 803144 View attachment 803145

    I'm getting where I recognize you guys--just too cool and great photos too. I'll bet you either A, have a huge freezer and/or B, give one heck of a lot of fish away, especially this year.
     
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