Apollo - 310 Rodworks overnight BFT report

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  1. norcaltunaclub

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    Straight hogs yesterday aboard the 310 Rodworks Apollo overnight charter! What an amazing day to see 12 of these fish hit the deck. 6 of them were 200-225lbs! The stories that came along with these fish were also once in a lifetime stuff.....unreal and amazing. We fished the west end of SCI and bite window was from 6am - 7am....that's it. All of the fish came on glow flatfalls in deep water, 400 ft+

    Outside the box. Take everything that we know or even think we now and flip it on it's head. What we saw on this trip opened up many eyes in shear disbelief and amazement.

    Story #1) First off, David Balfour hooks a giant using his Talica 16....moments later his handle breaks clean off. The deckhands opted not to splice him into another rod, but to use duct tape wrapped around the nub end of the handle shaft to make a tape ball. With grit and determination, David finally subdued his 214 lb BFT after a grueling 2+ hour fight. Very impressive.

    Story #2 & #3) Alan Igasaki and his son, Cory (never been on a boat salt water fishing, this was his 1st time) jump on the trip and don't have any gear. Darin walks them to the rental rod dept at the landing and the guys set both of them up with a flatfall and TLD30's and some unknown rod that was designed for rockcod fishing / small tuna at best. Fast forward, Cory drops his flatfall down and instantly hooks a hog, gear is getting completely trashed and he's now looking for help. Darin is helping him out as he has no clue of what's in store and for how long. After a long, hard knuckle busting, gear stripping 1.5 hour fight, the fish is subdued and victory is had...a fat 210. Next up was Alan, he also hooks a hog on the same type of rental gear and after a long 1+ hour fight the BFT hits the deck at 219lbs. Father and son are victorious on the first ever tuna trip with the beat up rental gear...WOW and simply amazing.

    Story #4) Daiwa Sealine X Interline rod (aka Sabiki rod). One Darin's good friends brings her 14 year old daughter on the trip and right when the fish start inhaling the jigs, I see her grab this super short Interline "sabiki" rod with a Talica 16 and drop a jig down and she's bit. This young lady was strapped in and putting the wood to it the best she can....very impressive. After a good 30 minutes into the fight, the deckhands need to jump in to help reel down on the fish and to ultimately save it. Fish are still hanging and the rod is passed back to her for another long and enduring fight that continued on for another hour. Right when the fish was at deep color the deckhand took over and put everything he had to get that fish up and on the boat since the rod was completely bottomed out and time was not on her side. After about 10 hard minutes of grunting, sweating and praying the gaffs are sunk in this beautiful BFT was welcomed aboard the Apollo. Her fish was 200.2 lbs on the scale.

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    Who would have thought this gear would have stood up to these monsters. You would of had to been there to believe it....many of us were amazed and grinning as these incredible friends of Darin were victorious in there individually unique and historic battles. Great times and great stories....until we get back out and do this again, thanks Darin and 310 Rodworks

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  2. SSUfish

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    Outstanding. Were you dropping to 400' or that was the bottom depth?
     
  3. norcaltunaclub

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    Dropping to 400' ft.....bottom was unknown to the anglers
     
  4. Ben yarbrough

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    Great report. I’m totally stoked for you and your whole crew. If I might ask. Which flatfalls color/size we’re getting bit and how were the assist hooks rigged please. They obviously were rigged well and I want to take some lessons.

    Thanks
    Ben
     
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    Bucket list... Check!!!!
     
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    Great report!. Fished with Mom/daughter Lisa's about a month ago in Panama (my 14 yr old daughter was delighted
    to have a fishing peer). They had a great time with tuna, blue marlin, huge dorado's, yft, roosterfish etc. Both of the
    girls are likely fishers for life.
     
  7. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great report Doug!

    All flatfall fish? Any standout size working seemingly best, like the 250g, 400g or 500g?

    Thanks!
     
  8. norcaltunaclub

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    260-300 grams. Single Jobu or 7691 with dual stingers on the bottom and dual stingers on the top. Total of 5 hooks on the jig.....hope this helps.
     
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    Awesome story. Congrats to the lucky anglers!
     
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    Was Jodie driving ?
     
  12. norcaltunaclub

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    Nope...Capt. Travis
     
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    Spectacular and incredible!
     
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    Unbelievable that those rental rods lasted the fight. Congrats on a fine job and getting the fish over the rail.
     
  15. norcaltunaclub

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    Seriously right? I was expecting to hear a rental rod exploding at some point in the battle...never happened. However both TLD30's were getting hot, got beat up and need some serious service now.....truly epic!
     
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    Way to slay Doug! Huge congratulations to all of you!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    That’s what I was expecting.
     
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    Any pictures of the Sabiki rod under load?

    Epic trip. Thanks for the tips.
     
  20. AndyJ

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    SICK congrats. Apollo rocks. I had a chance to go last Thursday on late notice but could not swing it.
     

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