Bluefin Tuna. On Da POPPER 6/15

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  1. mkfriedrich

    mkfriedrich Well-Known "Member"

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    What’s up guys. Here’s a report for you guys heading offshore in the near future.
    Plan was to head south towards the hidden bank and we did just that. We also did it in style in my friends brand new 2019 Parker 2520 XLD.

    We Launched at 4:00 a.m hit the bait barge for 3 scoops of nice 4-6 sardine.
    After that we headed offshore in decent conditions.
    Mixed swell heading out but once we got past the islands it started to lay down.
    I was in the tower looking for signal in the gyros and found a few nice kelps. All dry. Except for one. Found one loaded with nice 10-14 pound yellows. I think we picked up 7 there. They were eating 50lb string no problem.
    Anyways after cleaning the deck and before i got comfortable in the tower i saw a birdschool of 80-100 bluefin. Less then a mile away from us. We were definitely in the zone.
    Rolled up to it for it only to sink out.
    After that dried we kept pushing south. Saw a shark and what that shark was on was a temp break by 2 degrees. We then had a nice jag of tuna under the boat. I threw a nice dipper on it, boys slid em back and we got 1 bite. Hooked him on the right gear also. Get it to color and we can tell it’s a 80 pound fish. This one just wouldn’t die and my buddy ended up pulling the hook 4ft from the boat. He was super bummed. Anyways after that we kept searching and while we did that we slow trolled sardines. 10 minutes later we are bit, after 45 minutes we landed a 50lb bluefin.
    After that we setup another slow troll and then we see a birdschool immediately after. It’s bluefin and yellowfin mix. I hooked a 60lb fish on the popper and had him on the boat within a minute. The boys all hooked yellowfin via popper or coltsniper.
    We did this for a while before the school completely sank.
    After that, we waiting for another spot to come up, and it did and we did this and got around 9 yellowfin 5-18 pounds.
    We then start seeing puddlers of bluefin that are being extremely shy. Couldn’t get close.
    Around 5:30 pm it all changed. We spotted a full on foamer and I picked up another bluefin at 60lbs on the popper. We were able to get at least 3 cast into it before it shut down.
    We missed a lot of bites on the popper. They were so aggressive that they would try to eat it and knock it clean out of the water. After about and hour of foam and birdschools they were done biting lures.
    We then Called it a day.
    Pointed the bow back to Point Loma.
    Awesome day. Happy to see these things up and shots on the popper.
    Good luck out there. There is a lot of Poppertunaty


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  2. mrkrabs

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    Very nice great job on the popper. What is the rod you have the tranx on if you don't mind me asking.
     
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    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice job thanks for the info!
     
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    way to get it done!
     
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    Nice, and on the popper!
     
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    Way to get that deck dirty!
     
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    HELL YEAH! :appl:
     
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    That does NOT suck... Congrats and thanks for sharing.
     
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    You guys made the best of a fine poppertunity.
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  11. mkfriedrich

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    It’s a custom wrapped UC US MONSTER. Killer popper rod.
     
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    Nice work! Thanks for the report.
     
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    Very nice, way to go guys!
     
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    BADASS!!
     
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    Your friends new Parker is a fish attractant!
     
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    Thanks for the report.
     
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    Thank you very much, LOL now I need one of those.
     
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