Offshore Aztec 6/18

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Hopped on the Aztec leaving Mon night. Headed out with my dad, brother, and 21 other passengers. Solid boat, and great crew and captain, would definitely fish it again given the opportunity. Im guessing we were around the hidden bank/upper hidden.

The trip: Started early around 6am for our first stop on a paddy. Probably our most productive paddy of the day, Put 3 yellowtail on the boat on the first stop with my Penn Fathom 12 with 40# braid with a 4' 20# floro and size 1 ringed live bait hook. Lots of people put fish on this stop. Started near the paddy and drifted a ways with the yellows following. These were the good quality ones too, 10-15lbs.
I got my 4th yellow on the next stop under a bird school. For my last one, I wanted to either get it on the colt sniper or not at all. All of my fish, we would slide up to a kelp, most people would drop their baits by the corner as we were still sliding in so there would be a bit of lines at the stern. I would grab my bait, walk to up the rail a bit, wait for the slide to stop, toss my bait out and got picked up within like 30 seconds.

On every stop with tuna, things got a bit crowded at the bait tank, no where near un-doable but I'd rather just try to stay away from the crowd. I was casting the colt snipers the rest of the day anyways so I just stuck with that with no luck.

Bounced around all day from paddy's to bird school, to puddlers and breezers, one after another. There is so much fish in this area we wouldn't go more than 30 min without hearing from the captain " tern birds working this spot, bring the trollers in, were going to slide on this". We had consistent fish around us all day. They never went WFO but steady picking. Multiple times we were told to bring lines in and someone would yell "fresh one" and we would put a couple more on the boat.

My pops was skunked going towards the afternoon, decided to eat a burger, as we slid in to another school of tuna, he took the last bite of his burger, threw sardine on, and immediately hooked into a solid yellowfin. He ended up winning the Jackpot with this one.

Only 1 serious heartbreak of the trip after a 20 min battle for someone with 60# mono. Got the fish to gaff only for it to freak out before the deckhand could put a solid gaff in it and it spit the hook. a few other's lost some to tangles and whatnot but nothing as solid as this fish. It was probably around 70-80lbs.

The good: Solid fish, solid boat, solid crew, great food, better times. All my sardines were belly hooked. I think there was only 1 fish caught all day on artificial and it was a yellowtail. I'd say about 95% of all fish were hooked up on the flyline.

The bad: I might need to get a second job to help keep up with my fishing expenses.


It was a great day. Ended with 107 yellows, 12 yellowfin, 6 bluefin.

Also, when we were passing the 425 area on our way back in, I spotted multiple boiling fish and birds working.

No pics from this trip, didnt bring the camera.
 
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    So a yellowfin won the JP? How big?
     
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    If we start seeing 50 plus pound YF in the counts in June this will be a wild year.
     
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    Several recent reports like yours reference size #1 and #2 hooks. Is the bait really small or are people meaning size 1/0 and 2/0? With normal size sardines I have never needed to drop down below 1/0 to get bit but last year we had micro deans for one trip that did require a #2. Can you provide some insight?
     
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    Several recent reports like yours reference size #1 and #2 hooks. Is the bait really small or are people meaning size 1/0 and 2/0? With normal size sardines I have never needed to drop down below 1/0 to get bit but last year we had micro deans for one trip that did require a #2. Can you provide some insight?

    I was using a size 1 ringed live bait hook for all my fish. I had a 1/0 ringed circle hook tied on a different rig for the tuna. You can get away with these smaller hooks on these fish when they get picky. Deck Hand was saying use a size 1 or 2 for the picky paddy fish, and if the tuna start getting picky, you could get away with a size 1 circle hook but you should start with a 1/0 circle.

    We had a few chovies mixed in however most the sardines were 4-6 inches so it wasn't about matching the hook to the bait but more so trying to let the bait swim as natural as possible. I had no problems with the size 1 hook and every fish was hooked in the corner of the mouth.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Question on the boat. Are the heads in the bow or galley seating area?
     
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    Congrats to your father for winning the jackpot.

    Great report.
     
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