My my my what a difference a few days make. After getting skunked, i mean not even a bite the last two outings, I decided the time is now. And, I decided I didn't want to mess around anymore and went for the weekday with less traffic and also a known rainmaker, Captain Greg. He killed it when I went on the Pride every time a few years back. Got to the landing at 6 pm. Boat was out getting bait. Full load of 30 passengers. Boarded the boat, and since my rig was already tied a few days ago, just put the rods in the holder, got to my bunk, and signed into the manifest. Tip #1.. I believe Seaforth reserves bunks by phone prior to the trip. They need to make those aware when you buy your ticket online. I did not know this. They told me I get one of the floor bunks even though I was #21 out of #30 to arrive because the other ones were reserved already. I was like whatever. Turned out my bunk was like this weird floor bunk in between the four bunks in these semi private staterooms that basically look like they shouldn't be there. Anyways.. The Aztec has bunks, with the exception of the two floor bunks that are perpendicular to the length of the boat. This is a first for me and makes a ton of sense. Boats tend to rock side to side and when you are perpendicular you have less of the right to left movement when you sleep. Of course my bunk wasn't like this, but just saying. It's a good design plan. Speaking of design plans, I would say the biggest flaw of the Aztec is that the bunks/staterooms are literally on the other side of the shell of the boat if you know what I mean. There is no insulation. So when you sleep you hear every splash of a wave hitting the boat. This makes it sort of hard to sleep. Had to plug my ears with TP both nights and still didn't get a good nights sleep. Other than that the Aztec is a kick ass boat. Very wide platform, seating for 24 in side the salon/galley, and overall a comfortable boat. 30 anglers is very doable on the boat. I just didn't like the wave thing. Oh and they need to replace all the old loose rod rack holder thingies with new ones. Many of them are very loose and I was worried that the rods would come out during rough seas. Oh and the Aztec offers a $60 meal plan/JP. Or just $45 for the meal plan if you don't wan't JP Doesn't come with drinks or snacks. I went for meal plan/JP. Now on to the fishing. Checked my phone gps at 3 am. We are about 80 miles southwest of Pt Loma/Quivera. Roughly the same spot as when I fished the El Cap. Went outside, didn't see a single light 360 degrees in either direction. With the exception of one boat that was following us. By 5:30 am we are in the zone. Looking at my phone we were roughly 90 miles south west and I would say around 40 miles southwest of Ensenada. Weather wise, it was snotty. Overcast cloudy, windy, choppy, and cold. If we were fishing for YT or YFT I'm it would have been bad. Water temp was 64.8. We get our first jig strike at 6:30 cruising next to a paddy. It's a 15 lb yellowtail. We stop the boat, and we fish the slide. I was the only one to hook a bait fish. I'm guessing it's a roughly 20 lb yellowtail. Anyways, I'm tangled by 3 lines as the guys are all rusty first thing in the morning forgetting to keep their lines tight. Deckhand comes into to untangle, yanks my rod back not knowing I was fishing with 25 lb, and the fish breaks free as the line breaks near the hook. Bummer but it was a good way to start the trip and my first bite in 3 trips this year. That was that and we begin to troll again. Not 30 minutes pass and we stop on a sonar mark. Captain says to through out bait big time. We do and stop. I retie the 25 lb and throw out expecting a 20 to 30 lb bft. Wrong. I get picked up and line sings out non-stop. I am about to get spooled. Put my thumb on the spool... pap. Others hook up. What ensues is about a 1 hour stop and we boated a handful of BFT. These are the 70 to 80 lb models. I am impressed. Things slow down and the skipper wants to find a new school. This guy is a bluefin magnet. Within 30 minutes another school is located, I fish 40 lb this time using a Daiwa jigstick and a Penn Squall 25n. I had Metaloids with me but the Squall was the only outfit I had that had a 40lb braid attached to a mono top shot. As I read from another poster here that the BFT wanted the braid to mono to flouro connection as opposed to just braid to flouro. I hook another fish and it runs hard. Within 10 seconds it takes out all the mono and as soon as it gets to the spectra... pap, breaks off. Bummer. By this time we boated roughly 17 BFT. I was starting to get worried. Have no fear, we are in a bite for the ages. Skipper looks for another school and within 30 minutes we find another one. Here is a tip. Both my hookups so far were flylined. These BFT for sight fish you can tell when they move in and boil on your bait. They come in packs and unless they do this, your bait is just out there swimming. I'm guessing in the middle of the water column is where the greatest volume of fish is held. So what you see is really tip of the iceberg. Rather than fish for packs that rise to the surface with a flylined bait, better to fish for the general population with a weight in the middle of the water column. I switch to a 2 oz sinker rig. I hook another one and fight for 2 hours on the Squall. I will never fish single speed for big BFT ever again. I gained almost to color and the fish took out half the spool back and forth roughly 10 times. These fish do not tire out. Many times it just let me reel it in without a fight only at color to take off as if nothing happened. It was just resting. Final color the line snaps. Oh no. It was probably around 4 pm by then. I was thinking oh great I have to go another trip. Without even being able to lift my left arm, I retie the sinker rig and do it again. Another bite about 10 minutes later on a long soak. I"m using the rail to fight this fish. After 1 hour I bring it up. It's gaffed. PB BFT and jackpot of the trip 91 lbs. On a Penn Squall single speed star drag with a number 1 Habayusa J hook and a rubber band sinker rig attached to the tag line between mono and flouro. Whoo hoo the skunk is off and my mission is accomplished. No more checking counts and planning my next trip hunting for that elusive bluefin. I don't think I will chase BFT till they move up to the Tanner or Clemente and I go on the Freedom or Eldo. Anyways I tip the crew my JP and want to thank Captain Greg for being bad ass captain he is and the rest of the crew on the Aztec. The crew worked real hard and really devoted their efforts to ensure we got fish. I loved how Greg kept coaching us throughout the trip along with giving us updates as he saw them on what we were getting into. We had 42 BFT. We probably hooked 100 fish I'm guessing. 8 of the fish were on a kite. Thanks for the Aztec hooking many fish on the kite and handing off the rig to those who didnt get a fish as not everyone hooked and landed their own fish. I think I got the most bites. 5 bites in total including the YT. The 40 lb helps. The sinker rig helps. I even think the J hook helps as circle hooks lose baits, kills baits more are hard to use and just weird imo. But mostly, it was just being on the right boat at the right time. I never ever seen such a wide open BFT bite before. We had fish jumping out all over the place literally 30 feet in front of the boat. These fish wanted to play yesterday and we were there to experience it. Oh and everyone on the trip kney they were on one of the best trips of their life. Smiles and hi fives all around and everyone was talking to everyone being good buddies. On other trips with less fish, long faces and reservedness abounds. Not this trip. I have callouses all over my hands, my left arm is bruised from leaning against the rail, my back is hurting, and my right knee all banged up from kneeling. But it was worth it all at the end. Thank you all for reading, and I hope some of you got some tips out of this. Will post any excursions later on future trips.