My buddy Bryan has been trying to get his pro bass fisherman nephew and his kid on a good tuna bite and this year and Sunday was the day!!! We launched out of Dana Point early and there was only one boat in line......picked a really good scoop of medium sized sardines and made our way out to the grounds. We stumbled across our first really nice paddy about 8 miles out and it was game on for some smaller grade dodos and some bigger ones mixed in. It was pretty much wide open to ourselves until some big cruiser comes in with about 10 guys and literally parked 20' off the paddy. I kept looking for a handicapped fisherman placard, but apparently he didn't have one. Well of course our bent rods brought more boats to the party and within 20 minutes there were no less than 10 boats fishing this same patty. Oh brother!! Enough of this party....let's go find our own!!! About 20 minutes later, with not a boat in sight, we find the tuna!!! Fish are jumping and crashing everywhere!!! We motor up and shut down.....nothing!! Unfortunately we had little chunk...not much in the way of rolled bait, which is good thing, but very little to chunk as well. The fish would go down and pop up again....we were playing leapfrog with these fish until finally we get em to go!!! We'd hang 2 or 3 and try as best we could to keep the school in with a chunk here and there. We would lose the school, but you could see them crashing in the distance. We get on them again and put another 3 or 4 in the box. This went on for a bit, until we decided to round up all the bait that wasn't swimming well and chunk those as well....we still had plenty of good bait left, but we finally had enough chunk to keep these fish with the boat. Relocated the school and proceed to hammer these fish until it was time to call it a day. We had at least 2 going for the next hour, with fish crashing within feet of the boat. Tuna exploding on every chunk that hit the water. My friends son had never been tuna fishing before and they were putting on a show for him today!!! So cool to see!!! We called in a couple of boats including a Parker that had a first timer on board and the kid hooked up immediately. I'm sure they were as stoked as we were. Left em biting and back at the dock by 2pm. Another great day on the water with good friends and solid fishing!!!